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Study: Undergrad research experiences make a noticeable difference

Alexander Riley works on the ROV during summer camp.

A new analysis by scientists from Auburn University, the University of Washington and three other collaborating institutions suggests the value of structured research programs for undergraduates extends to society as a whole by encouraging participants to seek advanced degrees in scientific and technological fields — often referred to as STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. In an article published this week in the journal BioScience, the researchers reported that college undergraduates who take part in summer research training programs — specifically, in this study, the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites initiative — are 48 percent more likely to pursue STEM-related doctoral degrees than demographically matched students who apply but are not selected. 

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College contributes to Campus Sustainability Fund project in honor of 2018 graduates

It is graduation season, and with that comes well wishes for our graduates and an opportunity to shine a light on their accomplishments. In appreciation of their contributions to enriching the College of the Environment in numerous ways, the College has decided to fund a project jointly with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Recognizing our students are the next generation of leaders in environmental science and decision-making, we believe this is a contribution that showcases our collective commitment to the sustainability and the well-being of our Husky Community and our planet. 

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Two UW Environment undergrads receive Udall scholarships

Udall scholars Ashley Lewis (left) and Alishia Orloff (right).

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences‘ Ashley Lewis and Environmental and Forest Sciences‘ Alishia Orloff, both juniors at UW, will join 50 students from around the country as Udall Scholars. A competitive award, the review committee selected this year’s scholars from 437 nominees based on the students’ commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care or tribal policy, as well as their leadership potential, public service and academic achievements. 

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UW Environment student Frieda Luoma-Cohan awarded 2018 Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Frieda Luoma-Cohan, 2018 Bonderman Travel Fellowship awardee.

Fifteen University of Washington students were recently awarded prestigious Bonderman Travel Fellowships, including one from the College of the Environment. The award will enable Program on the Environment‘s Frieda Luoma-Cohan to embark on a solo journey at least eight months long and take her to at least two regions and six countries around the world. The fellowship, established in 1995 and worth $20,000 each, aims to expose students to the intrinsic, often life-changing benefits of international travel. 

Meet all of the 2018 Bonderman Fellowship Awardees »