Announcing the SEFS Graduate Student Symposium

Announcing the 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium! Join us bright and early Friday morning (March 8th) for breakfast as we kick off the day with presentations from this year’s panelists. We will have presentations and a discussion session with Research Social Scientist, Dale Blahna from the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Deputy Directory of Natural Resources, Phil Rigdon with the Yakama Nation, and Plant Ecologist, Laura Six working at International Environmental Research with Weyerhauser.

Following the panel discussion we will have our main event, our graduate student presentations along with some special activities this year to celebrate 10 years of GSS. The theme is The Future of Forestry (which of course also includes natural resource management, environmental science and the full range of the work we do here at SEFS).

We invite you to join us, relax, enjoy yourself and catch as many sessions as you can! We will be serving a pizza lunch at noon along with the poster presentations. For more information and to view our tentative schedule please visit:

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts on the future of forestry (and natural resource management and environmental science)!


ESS Research Gala – Abstract Deadline Extended

Hey ESS grads and undergrads,

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit your abstract for this year’s ESS Research Gala is fast approaching.

We know many of you are busy preparing for the prospective student visit this week so we’ve extended the abstract deadline by one week. Please have your abstract submitted to us by MARCH 8th at the latest as we need to start organizing the program. You can submit for a poster, talk, or no preference.

If you’re interested in participating in the geological photo contest, please submit your digital images to us by March 8th as well. Photos will be printed as 11"x14" so prepare your submissions accordingly. Each photo (limit 2 per person) will require a submission fee of $5 to cover printing and shipping costs (~$4.00) and contribute to cash prizes. You will be able to take your photo prints home with you afterwards as well. Payment can be left in Kelly Hillbun’s mailbox in Johnson or handed to her directly.

Please check out the Gala website (essgala).

The Gala Committee
-Kelly, Matt, Tom


Kelly Hillbun
University of Washington
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
& Astrobiology Program
Johnson Hall 423, Box 351310, Office: 206-685-3326
4000 15th Avenue N.E. Seattle, WA. 98195-1310

Did you have a great high school history teacher? Nominate them for the Pressly Prize!

Do you know of an outstanding Washington State high school history teacher? Are you a current UW student? Nominate them for the Pressly Prize!!

The Pressly Prize, named for University of Washington emeritus professor of History Thomas Pressly and his wife, Cameron, recognizes outstanding teaching at the secondary level in the state of Washington. The Department relies entirely on nominations from students to bring worthy candidates to our attention. Nominations are accepted from any current University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student. You need not be a history major in order to nominate someone.

Nominations for the Pressly Prize for Excellence in Secondary Education are due Friday, March 1, 2013. The nomination for is available at:

You can also help get the word out to other UW students by sharing our Facebook post on your wall! See:

Matt Erickson and Jon Olivera

History Undergraduate Advising

University of Washington

206 Smith Hall

Box 353560

Seattle, WA 98195

vm: 206.543.5691 fax: 206.543.9451