Academic News

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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Class Explores the Politics of Cloth

“I loved to see which items in the exhibition the students read to,” says instructor Julia Freeman. “One student read to an image of a dead crow, while another read to a mink coat from the 1940’s. Their voices all quietly molded together to form one as they read.”
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Comic Artistry Explains Human-Centered Design

“It’s about how to take what academics and researchers discover and present it in a way that’s still true to the science, but also very entertaining, accessible, and connected to the public,” says Jeremy Keyes, co-instructor of the comics class.
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Undergrads Design Portable Planetarium

Undergraduate student talents were heavily involved in the design and construction of the traveling planetarium, including the development of the dome’s mirror-based optics and curriculum for its use in schools.
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