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Have you been thinking about pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, rehabilitation medicine, or other health-related fields? Please come join us for the 2015 Health Graduate School Fair.

Health Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015; 2-5pm

Mary Gates Hall, Commons

The Health Graduate School Fair is hosted by the Career Center and Alpha Epsilon Delta(AED), is a great opportunity for you to connect with representatives from over 45 health-focused graduate and professional programs, who will be on-hand to meet with our UW talented students and alumni interested in continuing their education in the health sciences. Whether you want to attend graduate school at the UW, elsewhere in the United States, or even internationally, the Health Graduate School Fair has something for you!

For a complete list of registered programs and institutions, as well as tips on how to prepare, please visit ...

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Registration for the Political Science Convocation celebrating students who have graduated in summer 2014, fall 2014, winter 2015 or intend to graduate in spring 2015 or summer 2015, is now open. Here is the link:

There is an exit survey that should take about 15 minutes to complete followed by a link to the Convocation sign-up. If you don't have time to complete the survey in one sitting, you can save and return to it to finish.

The Convocation is on Thursday, June 11th, from 10:45am to 12:15pm, in the HUB Ballroom. Please plan to arrive by 10:15am. Academic regalia is encouraged but not required.

Following this message will be two messages connected to the Convocation for the Convocation undergraduate speaker (any graduating student can apply) and the department's public service award. Please apply!

Finally, registration for...

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Categories: Advising, Lectures and Events

There is still space available in several fantastic drama classes this summer! Earn VLPA credit, get personalized attention in smaller classes, and have a lot of fun!

Drama 259, Beginning Acting, taught by L. Zane

A-Term MTWTh 10:50-12:50 Hutchinson 205

An introductory acting class designed for all levels. No experience necessary. The course will involve work with contemporary texts, plays and screenplays, improvisation and theater games. The primary aim is to stimulate the imagination and to inspire insightful and authentic storytelling. Acting is a child's game - at the adult level - come play!

Drama 457, Creating Drama, taught by L. Zane

B-Term To Be Arranged Based on Student Schedule

In this course students will experiment and explore various ways of creating and building stories...

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Since 2011 the European landscape has changed dramatically, both internally and externally. The resurgence of Russia and increased Muslim immigration pose new challenges to Europe and its allies. Europe is now in the midst of an unprecedented migration crisis with hundreds of desperate people pulled from the water every day. How will Europe and the NATO Alliance respond?  Will the local and international legal system be able to deal effectively with the issues?  We will make use of the unique setting in Rome, home of the NATO Defense College and the Italian Institute of International Studies.  We will make an extended field trip to Naples, home of NATO’s Allied Joint Forces Command and the US Sixth Fleet.  Jackson School faculty, with the assistance of local experts, will present three five-credit courses:
  • JSIS A 416, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • JSIS B / POL 436, Ethnic Politics and Nationalism:  Perspectives on Muslim Immigration in Europe
  • ...
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Are you interested in studying abroad for a semester or a year on a UW exchange program? We are currently accepting applications for programs beginning in winter and spring 2016. Exchange program participants earn UW credit for their coursework overseas and are able to use UW financial aid and scholarships towards program costs. The priority application deadline is May 15.

To explore exchange programs or start an application, visit If you have questions, please contact us by e-mail at or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall. Drop-in advising is available daily from 10am-4pm.

We look forward to receiving your application!

~Shannon Quinn

Regional Lead for Asia, Oceania and Americas, International Programs and Exchanges

University of Washington

459 Schmitz Hall


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Political Science Majors-

You are invited to join the UW Political Science Student Organization Friday, May 8th, from 2-3:30 in HUB 334 for a free ice cream social to mix with your peers, faculty and TAs and to learn how to get involved with this new organization in the department! Current political science students as well as prospective political science majors are all welcome to join for FREE ice cream and fun!

Please RSVP by May 6th for the event here:

Join the Facebook event here:

UWPSSO is a student run organization that is focused on forming connections with the Political Science department and faculty...

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Join the Q Crew!

The Q Center is hiring undergraduate and graduate students for five positions beginning in fall 2015. Open positions include:

  • Queer Mentoring Program Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Library and Social Media Coordinator
  • Education & Safer Zone Coordinator
  • Graduate Assistantship (graduate students only)
Visit our online application to read the position descriptions.  Applications are due by May 6th, and interviews will be conducted the week of May 11-15th.     Read more
Categories: Advising, Jobs

Introduction to Resilience in College

Spring 2015

EDUC 300

2 credits, CR/NC

Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:20

Instructors: Polo DeCano

Course Overview

This course focuses on a Universal Prevention Program that offers resilience and social-emotional training. This course presents skills and strategies that have been shown to reduce stress, improve mental health and interpersonal relationships, decrease risk-taking behaviors, and improve physical and academic performance. This class emphasizes skills such as: cultivating willpower, mindfulness-based practices, identifying negative thoughts and developing more positive ones, managing intense negative emotions, connecting with others in meaningful ways, making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of getting good sleep. Offered with an emphasis on learning resilience skills in educational settings and how these skills benefit all students.

Open to all...

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We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the third annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).   ICUR is a unique, two-day event which connects students from eight universities worldwide via video-conference.  University of Washington students will have the opportunity to share their research and scholarly work with peers from Kyushu University in Japan, Monash University in Australia, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of Western Australia.     The conference is an exclusively undergraduate forum designed to showcase the best in undergraduate research from across the globe, and to provide a supportive yet critical environment for talented young scholars.  ICUR is intended to help students:    1) internationalize their university experience by presenting on the world stage  2) understand how to articulate the importance of their research across disciplinary... Read more
Categories: Advising, Student Success

The Agnes C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship is offered to students majoring in either Political Science or Economics, who demonstrate interest in BOTH fields.  One scholarship, approximately $7,600 towards tuition for the 2015-16 Academic year, will be awarded to a student who shows commitment to these fields and meets the following eligibility criteria:
1.  maintain a cumulative UW GPA of at least 3.2,
2.  have completed 25 combined credits in Economics and Political Science, with at least 10 credits in each department,
3.  have completed 75 credits by the end of Spring Quarter 2015,
4.  have submitted a completed application form with all necessary attachments,
5.  be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the UW Financial Aid Office.

***If you did not apply for financial aid (submit a FAFSA) by the February 28th, 2015 deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office in 105 Schmitz Hall about submitting a late application.***

The deadline...

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