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 2018

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

When

Future Student Visit Day 2018 is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018. This is an all day event, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (to 5:30 p.m. with optional sessions).

Registration is now closed due to capacity constraints. Please email coenvadv@uw.edu with any questions.

Who

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.

Where

The event is located in the Fisheries Science Building on the UW Seattle Campus. Check-in for Future Student Visit Day is from 8:30-9 a.m. Be sure to arrive early to avoid a line and to meet puppy Dubs!

  

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

Future Student Visit Day highlights

  • Explore all eight 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

What Future Student Visit Day attendees are saying

  • “I loved the faculty, the students, the campus, everything! Everyone was incredibly friendly, informative, and helpful.”
  • “I dragged my mom there all the way from Ohio and I feel like it was 100% worth it. I’m extremely passionate about climate change. I walked away feeling like UW is a place where the faculty will really help me excel in my future career.”
  • “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!”

Agenda

8:30 A.M.

Check In and meet Dubs II

Pick up your name tag and program, get your picture taken with the newest Husky mascot and enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast treat while connecting with academic advisers and current College of the Environment students.

9:00 A.M.

Welcome to the College of the Environment

Hear from Dean Lisa Graumlich and the pre-major adviser, Barbara Owens, about the College of the Environment, including what we’re all about and our role in bringing solution-oriented thinking to big environmental issues.

9:45 A.M.

Pathways Exploration Fair

Visit tables for each of our eight majors to meet academic advisers and current undergraduate and graduate students to discover the pathway that’s right for you! Admissions and financial aid representatives will also be available. 

10:35 A.M.

Breakout Session 1

Choose from the following selection of lecture-style sessions to explore the innovative work our faculty and students engage in:

  • Using Models to Study Climate Change with Professor Dargan Frierson, Atmospheric Sciences
    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!
  • A Journey into Marine Tropical Science with Professor Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
    Get a sneak peek into UW Environment’s popular Marine Tropical Science class. 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.
  • What is Bioresource Science and Engineering? with Kurt Haunreiter, Manager, Paper Science Center, Bioresource Science and Engineering
    Discover the field of bioresource science and engineering 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.
  • Environmental Studies: Lead Change for a Sustainable Future with Lecturers Yen-Chu Weng and Sean McDonald, Program on the Environment
    Program on the Environment is a student-oriented community that tackles environmental challenges with a human-centered lens and a sustainability-focused approach. Our degree in Environmental Studies provides students with rigorous experiential training and the skills necessary to lead change for a brighter future. In this session, you will learn about the unique interdisciplinary learning experience you can expect from the Program on the Environment, including curriculum highlights and students showcasing their capstone projects.

11:05 A.M.

Breakout Session 2

Choose from the following selection of tours and activities to explore the innovative work our faculty and students engage in: (* denotes session is offered more than once)

  • R/V Rachel Carson tour * with Professor Bob Morris, Oceanography
    Love marine biology? It all starts here! Come aboard for a tour of the newest member of our research fleet, the 72-foot RV Carson. Professor Bob Morris, a biological oceanographer, will tell you about his research, the importance of plankton in our oceans and how the Carson will be used to take students and researchers on regional trips out to sea.
  • Fish Collection tour * with Professor Luke Tornabene and collection Manager Katherine Maslenikov, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
    Tour the facility where we prepare, catalog, archive and conduct research on more than 12 million museum fish specimens. 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.
  • Wildlife tracking with Professor Laura Prugh, Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management
    Love animals and technology? Why not make a career of combining both? Professor 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!
  • A bill, a wing and a foot with Jackie Lindsey, COASST Volunteer Coordinator, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
    Why study dead birds? You’ll find out the answer while learning what COASST citizen scientists do: identify a bird based on just a bill, a wing, or a foot. Hear about related research on marine plastics and harm to wildlife and learn how students can get involved in the COASST undergraduate internship program.
  • Visit a UW living lab: From blackberry bushes to outdoor classroom with recent alumna, Frieda Cohan and Communications Specialist, Monali Patel, Program on the Environment
    Take a tour of the Sustainable Learning Space, a garden built by students for the UW community. Built in honor of a Program on the Environment employee, the garden celebrates student talent, community and cross-campus collaboration and is an active learning space adorned with nature-themed quotes, hand-crafted wood benches, native plants, a bioswale and rain garden. Discover the unique features of this space and how students can contribute to keeping it vibrant and alive.
  • What’s shaking? Tour the Seismology Lab to find out with Elizabeth Urban, student and Seismology Lab tour guide, Earth and Space Sciences
    The Pacific Northwest’s seismology hub is right here on campus, home to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. In the Seismology Lab you’ll see real-time monitoring of earthquakes in Washington and Oregon, a beta version of the Earthquake Early Warning system, learn about earthquake sources and hear about opportunities for students to get involved.

12 P.M.
Lunch

Lunch on your own. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn 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 featuring current undergrad students and recent alumni

2:40 P.M.
Breakout Session 3

Choose from the following selection of tours and activities to explore the innovative work our faculty and students engage in: (* denotes session is offered more than once)

  • R/V Rachel Carson tour * with Professor Bob Morris, Oceanography
    Love marine biology? It all starts here! Come aboard for a tour of the newest member of our research fleet, the 72-foot RV Carson. Professor Bob Morris, a biological oceanographer, will tell you about his research, the importance of plankton in our oceans and how the Carson will be used to take students and researchers on regional trips out to sea.
  • Fish Collection tour * with Professor Luke Tornabene and collection Manager Katherine Maslenikov, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
    Tour the facility where we prepare, catalog, archive and conduct research on more than 12 million museum fish specimens. 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.
  • Campus farm and food adventure with Perry Acworth, UW Farm Manager
    Tasting tour of the UW Farm. Learn how our campus farm plays many roles at UW: a place of hands-on learning for classroom instruction, growing food for the community and food services locations and a welcoming site for building relationships and getting “farmfit.”
  • Isotopes on Earth: From ice cores to astrobiology with Professor Kate Huntington, Earth and Space Sciences
    Chill out with ice cores, and go back in time as chemistry unlocks mysteries of Earth history and climate in the IsoLab. See how samples are prepared using a robotic vacuum system and liquid nitrogen to purify CO2 samples and how samples are analyzed using a mass spectrometer. Measure the carbon isotopic signature of your own breath to find out how it relates to what you eat! Hear about entry-level lab tech opportunities for students.
  • Water vapor: Soda’s cool friend or summertime sabotage? An experimental design challenge with Professor Dale Durran, Atmospheric Sciences
    Soda can sweating? Does that sweat do anything besides leave rings on your coffee table and annoy your parents? Atmospheric science holds the answer. Water releases heat when it changes from vapor to liquid, so what happens when it condenses on your chilled soda can? Come design an experiment to find out and learn from two-time Atmospheric Sciences Teaching Award winner Professor Durran how this relates to thunderstorms.

3:40 P.M.

Optional Sessions

  • Freshman Admissions Information session with UW Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Transfer Admissions Information session with UW Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • One-hour Campus Tour

4:20 P.M.

Optional Session

  • One-hour Campus Tour