Future Student Visit Day

If you want to discover how our world works, you belong at the College of the Environment. At UW Environment’s Future Student Visit Day, high school juniors, seniors, and prospective transfer students are invited to explore majors, meet faculty, and hear from current students.


Join us for UW Environment’s Future Student Visit Day 2017

Future Huskies in the lab with Professor Rick Keil.
Future Huskies in the lab with Professor Rick Keil.

When and where

Future Student Visit Day 2017 is on Friday, August 18, 2017 from
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.

Who

Checking out specimens at 2016 Future Student Preview Day.
Checking out specimens at 2016 Future Student Visit Day.

Future Student Visit Day is perfect for high school students entering their junior or senior year and prospective transfer students from community colleges and other universities.

This event is free to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Guests are welcome, but are limited to one adult family member or guest per student registrant.

The University of Washington expects parents or guardians to provide supervision for their minor children while attending University of Washington events that are open to the public. Parents or guardians should not leave their minor children unsupervised on University property.

Future Student Visit Day highlights

  • Explore all seven undergraduate majors offered by the College of the Environment, as well as unique courses and research opportunities available to undergraduate students at the College
  • Connect with current students, all of whom were recently in your position — exploring academic institutions in search of the best fit
  • Chat with faculty and advisers about your interests and the best ways to further develop them
  • Explore the University of Washington’s beautiful and historic campus
  • Learn about the UW admissions and financial aid processes
UW College of the Environment
Saying hi to Dubs!

What Future Student Visit Day attendees are saying

  • “One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to be hands-on with an ocean acidification lab in the morning. I found it super fun and beneficial in regards to getting a taste of what going to the College might be like.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting people with similar interests who are established scientists, and who seemed genuinely interested in me as well.”
  • “Thank you so much for the great experience. I cannot wait to apply to the UW this fall!”

Register for Future Student Visit Day 2017

Agenda

8:30 a.m.

Check In

Pick up your name tag and program and then enjoy a cup of coffee while connecting with current College of the Environment students.

9:00 a.m.

Welcome to the College of the Environment: Overview of Academic Programs

Hear a little bit about the College of the Environment, including what we’re all about and our role in bringing solution-oriented thinking to big environmental issues.

10 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Choose from the following selection of classes, lab tours and information sessions to see the kinds of innovative work our faculty and students participate in. (*session is offered more than once)

  • Riding the Waves with Professor Robert Morris, Oceanography

    Lecture and lab tour
    Love marine biology? It all starts here! Meet with Professor Robert Morris, a biological oceanographer, explore his research lab and discover the importance of plankton in our oceans.

  • Using Models to Study Climate Change* with Professor Dargan Frierson, Atmospheric Sciences

    Musical lecture
    A fun introduction to the big and important topic of global warming! Professor Dargan Frierson, a three-time Atmospheric Sciences Teaching Award winner, will discuss climate change, the intersection of technology and the environment and opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in climate research. After this session, which will include a sample of Frierson’s musical curriculum, you will always remember the significance of the albedo effect!

  • Ice Ages in the Puget Sound with Professor Terry Swanson, Earth and Space Sciences

    Lecture
    Travel back in time to when a 3,000-foot thick sheet of ice covered the Puget Lowland — only 15,000 years ago! — in this animated lecture with UW Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, Professor Terry Swanson. Learn how Earth and space scientists use evidence left behind by glaciers to understand the paleoclimate records and make predictions about our planet’s future climate.

  • Wildlife Tracking with Professor Laura Prugh, Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management

    Lecture and hands-on workshop
    Love animals and technology? Why not make a career of combining both? Professor Laura Prugh uses satellite tracking techniques to study wildlife. Learn how she does it and what she does with the data after she collects it. Then, try your hand at locating a radio collar using telemetry!

  • What is Bioresource Science and Engineering?* with Professor Anthony Dichiara, Bioresource Science and Engineering

    Lecture and information session
    Discover the field of bioresource science and engineering with Professor Anthony Dichiara and learn how we sustainably produce fuels, chemicals and materials from renewable resources using chemical engineering techniques. Explore this unique major, the only program of its kind in the western United States, and the internships, funding and career opportunities it provides.

  • Turning Your Environmental Passion into Action (and a career!)* with Professor Sean McDonald, Environmental Studies

    Lecture and discussion
    Join the Environmental Studies Capstone Project coordinator, Professor Sean McDonald, for an overview of the Environmental Studies (B.A.) major and its senior capstone project. You’ll also get to meet current and former capstone students and learn about their projects.

  • Freshman Admissions at UW* Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Information session

    Get the inside scoop on applying to UW from an admissions counselor.

11 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

Choose from the following selection of classes, lab tours and information sessions to see the kinds of innovative work our faculty and students participate in. (*session is offered more than once)

  • Ocean Acidification and You with Professor Rick Keil, Oceanography

    Hands-on laboratory activity
    What is ocean acidification? Find out in this hands on lab activity! In this interactive session, we will don lab coats and engage in a real lab exercise from Professor Rick Keil’s popular chemical oceanography course. You’ll practice the methods that today’s top ocean researchers use to understand and combat ocean change. Can’t wait to get started?

  • Future of Weather Forecasting with Professor Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Sciences

    Lecture
    Though you might not recognize Professor Cliff Mass when you see him on campus, if you listen to NPR, you probably know his voice from his weekly segment “Weather with Cliff Mass.” Meet with the renowned atmospheric scientist and prognosticator to get the scoop on how weather forecasts are made and how the technology will change during the next few decades.

  • Rocket into Space with Professor Erika Harnett, Earth and Space Sciences

    Hands-on workshop
    Do you dream of visiting other planets, walking on the moon or Mars? Come find out about current UW research in space propulsion to send explorers into space. Find out about the challenges involved in space travel and the current research in space propulsion that is trying solve these issues. We will build water rockets and launch them in the courtyard — see how high you can get yours to fly! Professor Erika Harnett is also the associate director of the Washington NASA Space Grant Program and the lead creator of the “Mission: Find Life” astrobiology exhibit at Pacific Science Center.

  • What is Bioresource Science and Engineering?* with Professor Anthony Dichiara, Bioresource Science and Engineering

    Lecture and information session
    Discover the field of bioresource science and engineering with Professor Anthony Dichiara and learn how we sustainably produce fuels, chemicals and materials from renewable resources using chemical engineering techniques. Explore this unique major, the only program of its kind in the western United States, and the internships, funding and career opportunities it provides.

  • Turning Your Environmental Passion into Action (and a career!)* with Professor Sean McDonald, Environmental Studies

    Lecture and discussion
    Join the Environmental Studies Capstone Project coordinator, Professor Sean McDonald, for an overview of the Environmental Studies (B.A.) major and its senior capstone project. You’ll also get to meet current and former capstone students and learn about their projects.

  • A Model of Puget Sound for Beginners with Fritz Stahr, Oceanography

    Hands-on workshop
    Some “technologies” are timeless! Experience a physical model of Puget Sound that’s been used for over 65 years to study and learn about tidal circulation with Fritz Stahr. Have fun trying to find where the place with the most and least mixing here.

  • Fish Collection Tour with Katherine Maslenikov, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, The Burke Museum

    Lab tour
    Tour our facilities where we prepare, catalog, archive and conduct research on more than 11 million museum fish specimens with Collection Manager Katherine Maslenikov. Using our collection of preserved specimens, you’ll get a detailed look at some of the more interesting examples of fish diversity from around the world and we’ll discuss the evolutionary adaptive significance of their morphology.

  • Freshman Admissions at UW* Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Information session
    Get the inside scoop on applying to UW from an admissions counselor.

12 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Bring a picnic to enjoy in an iconic campus site or check out one of our on-campus dining halls.

1:30 P.M.

Panel: The Student Experience

What’s it like to be an undergraduate student at UW Environment? Explore that question and more at our student experience discussion with panelists, including:

2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Choose from the following selection of classes, lab tours and information sessions to see the kinds of innovative work our faculty and students participate in. (*session is offered more than once)

  • Using Models to Study Climate Change* with Professor Dargan Frierson, Atmospheric Sciences

    Musical lecture
    A fun introduction to the big and important topic of global warming! Professor Dargan Frierson, a three-time Atmospheric Sciences Teaching Award winner, will discuss climate change, the intersection of technology and the environment and opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in climate research. After this session, which will include a sample of Frierson’s musical curriculum, you will always remember the significance of the albedo effect!

  • Water, Rocks, Bugs and Aliens with Professor Drew Gorman-Lewis, Earth and Space Sciences

    Lecture
    What do water, rocks, bugs and aliens have in common? Learn how Professor Drew Gorman-Lewis’ research in geochemistry connects these topics and discover opportunities for undergraduates to get involved with environmental and astrobiological research.

  • Turning Your Environmental Passion into Action (and a career!)* with Professor Sean McDonald, Environmental Studies

    Lecture and discussion
    Join the Environmental Studies Capstone Project coordinator, Professor Sean McDonald, for an overview of the Environmental Studies (B.A.) major and its senior capstone project. You’ll also get to meet current and former capstone students and learn about their projects.

  • Native Plant Propagation Science with Devin Liebel, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management

    Hands-on workshop
    Plan to get your hands dirty in this workshop on techniques for propagating native plants with current undergraduate student Dev Liebel! We will also learn how environmental scientists can tell how plants respond to climate change and certain environmental stressors.

  • A Journey into Marine Tropical Science with Professor Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

    Lecture
    Get a sneak peak into UW Environment’s popular Marine Tropical Science class with Professor Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño. Coral reefs are highly productive and diverse ecosystems that are threatened by factors ranging from local point-source pollution to overfishing and global climate change. In this session, you’ll get an overview of the function, physiology, ecology and behavior of reef building corals and the ecology of tropical coral reef organisms.

  • Where the Wild and Robotic Things Roam with Fritz Stahr, Oceanography

    Lab tour
    Come see a new way to sample the ocean that’s revolutionizing our coverage and therefore our understanding of it with Fritz Stahr. These vehicles change buoyancy to move through the water while they collect data — no propellers required!

  • Transfer Admissions at UW* Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Get the inside scoop on applying to UW from an admissions counselor.

Register for Future Student Visit Day 2017