Academic News

Lavin Entrepreneurship Action Program Opens Doors

“Technology is the easiest way to impact a lot of people,” says Temo Ojeda, an international student from Mexico who was accepted to the Leonard and Bernice Lavin Entrepreneurial Action Program. “And that’s what inspires me every day, to try to work better and work harder.”
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Medieval Scheming and Sabotage in Smith Hall

“It’s not just memorizing dates,” says Robin Stacey, professor of history and the creator of the class Reacting to the Past: Religion and Politics in Medieval Europe. The course is designed around role-playing games that pit different medieval factions against each other. The players try to improve their individual positions using strategies that would be true to their characters.
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Group Makes Pilgrimage to Deep South

Fifty-two students, mentors, faculty, and community adults travel through the U.S. South on a civil rights pilgrimage led by Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Communication David Domke.
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A Legacy of Language

“This experience has taught me more about who I am and where I came from,” says Ashley Bobman, 2013–2014 sophomore president’s medalist, “and it gives me a better sense of what shapes other people.”
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Adding Drama to Neuroscience

“My involvement [in drama] connects me to the arts, which has very different guiding principles, and I think my exposure to those points of view help make me a more balanced person,” says Mitchell Krawczyk, 2013–2014 junior president’s medalist, who can be found researching spontaneous brain activity or practicing Danish when he’s not backstage.
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Animating Her Own Evolving Story

“When I was looking at colleges I was considering focusing exclusively on art, but at the UW I’ve been able to explore a lot of subjects that I probably wouldn’t have been able to at an art school, like French, creative writing, or computer science,” says Viviane Poulain, the 2013–2014 freshman presidential medalist.
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Undergrads Dive Deep for Submarine Competition

Students in the UW Human Powered Submarine Team work outside of class to build a human-powered submarine to compete in the annual International Submarine Races. The UW Human Powered Submarine Team is one of only two teams participating in the International Submarine Races to successfully add an electric joystick for steering instead of a control system based on physical wires.

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Lose the Loud, Not the Proud

“Let’s put education in action,” says Dr. Kelly Tremblay, who asked her students to come up with ideas to protect fan hearing at notoriously loud Seahawks games without dulling team spirit.
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Thesis Project Takes Seniors on 10-Day Expedition

“The morning sun rose up and over the heralding cliffs that surrounded the pristine waters of Nootka Sound,” wrote senior Bryan Swaffield. “The storm had continued farther inland, and only a few straggling clouds remained. The region was more picture-perfect than most imagined.”
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Karan Goel Brings Hacker Culture to UW

“I believe the best kind of learning happens out in the open,” says Karan Goel, a UW computer science student. “It’s a process where continuous scrutiny transforms into feedback that helps you improve.”
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