The Dream Project Needs YOU!

Hello from the University of Washington Dream Project!

Are you a strong writer? Do you care about social justice, social mobility, and college access? Can you spare a few hours in November? The Dream Project is looking for your help! The Dream Project is a student-initiated, student-led program that partners UW students with first-generation and low-income students from local high schools as they navigate the college admissions process. On November 3rd and 4th, we will be hosting our annual Admissions Workshop Weekend on the UW Seattle campus. Over 700 high school students will come and receive help on their college applications. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with mentors and writing tutors, who provide support as students craft quality applications and essays. In the past, writing tutor volunteers have found witnessing and supporting students’ accomplishments very rewarding. To prepare you for volunteering as a writing tutor, a 30 minute webinar will be sent to you before the event. As if that wasn’t enough, breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as free parking. We would love to have you join as a volunteer at Admissions Workshop Weekend with us! If this particular weekend doesn’t work for you, we’d love to have you volunteer at one of our smaller College Application Completion Events taking place throughout October and November. For more information, visit

Here are the links for sign up: simply choose "volunteer as a community member" once prompted (Saturday, November 3rd 11:30am – 4:30pm) (Sunday, November 4th 9:30am – 1:00pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm or both shifts, if you prefer!)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

Katharina Grosman

University of Washington Dream Project AWW Volunteer Recruitment Co-Lead


Scholarships from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is currently accepting scholarship applications. Mary Gates scholarships provide $4,000 ($2,000 per quarter for two quarters) for students to pursue leadership or research projects of their own choosing and design with guidance from a mentor. Previous recipients have come from all fields of study, including the arts, humanities, social sciences and STEMM.

Mary Gates scholarships benefit students in the current academic year, and are open to all UW undergraduate students regardless of class year, major or residency status. Students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are all encouraged to apply. Deadlines are coming up soon, so students should begin the application process and attend an information session and application workshop.

Information Sessions

10/1, 1:30p – Leadership Scholarships

10/1, 2:30p – Research Scholarships

10/2, 2:30p – Leadership Scholarships

10/2, 3:30p – Research Scholarships

10/3, 12:30p – Leadership Scholarships

10/3, 1:30p – Research Scholarships

10/4, 3:30p – Leadership Scholarships

10/4, 4:30p – Research Scholarships

Application Workshops

10/9, 4:00-6:00p – Leadership Scholarships

10/10, 4:00-6:00p – Research Scholarships


10/15, 5:00p – Leadership Applications DUE

10/19, 5:00p – Research Applications DUE

All information sessions and application workshops will be held on the Seattle campus in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) in Mary Gates Hall room 171. Another round of applications will be accepted in Winter quarter, but it’s good for students to start planning now!

More information and the application login can be found on our website, mgates with any questions.

Many thanks,

April Wilkinson

Adviser & Program Coordinator

Mary Gates Endowment for Students

UW WiSE: SAVE THE DATE – Autumn Lecture Series


The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

AUTUMN Quarter Lecture Series

Wednesday Evening in November

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: Kane Hall 120 Doors open @ 6:00

Lectures are FREE but registration is required. On-line Registration will open Wednesday, October 3rd.

November 7th, 2012 Wednesday

Presenter: Coleen Carrigan, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Research Associate, UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change

TITLE: Gender @ Work in a Dot Com World

Computer technology plays a critical role in US society and gives computer scientists and engineers unparalleled power and influence. Yet, since the mid-1980’s, women’s participation in computing began declining drastically, a trend that continues today. Anthropology can help us understand how US cultural values govern gender roles and influence women’s interest and inclusion in computing. Hear how women in computing negotiate and resist gender norms and what cultural innovations are needed to create a diverse group of computer scientists and engineers who address the most pressing challenges of our society. Excerpts from the video Miss Representation will be viewed and discussed.

November 14th, 2012 Wednesday

Presenter: Anna Carlin, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), UW Paul G. Allen Center for CSE

TITLE: A Brave New World: The Scientific, Economic and Social Impact of Computer Science

Computer science and computing are transforming all aspects of the modern world. In this lecture, we will take a short tour of the intellectual underpinnings, societal implications, and grand challenges in computer science and related fields for (And nowadays, everything is a related field…)

November 28th, 2012 Wednesday

Magdalena Balazinska, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), UW Paul G. Allen Center for CSE

TITLE: Big Data Management Promises and Challenges

Lecture/Abstract Description: Our society is generating data at an unprecedented scale and rate. The ability to manage this "Big Data" holds the promise to deliver novel services and accelerate scientific discovery. We will discuss some of the opportunities raised by Big Data and also some of the challenges associated with managing it, including exciting recent research from the computer science database group at the University of Washington.

Cathryne Jordan, MPA

Academic Advisor, WiSE Program Director

College of Engineering (COE) Student Academic Services (SAS)

Engineering Advising & Diversity Center

301 Loew Hall Box 352180

Seattle, WA 98195-2180

(206) 543-1770 (206) 616-8554 fax


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