The College of the Environment offers many opportunities to get involved. Joining a student group, a College Committee or the Student Advisory Council is a great way to connect with other students and provide your input to the College’s leadership.

Undergraduate Student Ambassador Program

How do I become a UW Environment Undergraduate Student Ambassador?

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! You can access the application below. All materials are due April 19th, 2021.

Undergraduate Student Ambassador Application

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Who are the UW Environment Undergraduate Student Ambassadors?

Our Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students in College of the Environment majors who represent the College at events in the community and on campus. Audiences include current UW students, prospective high school students and their families.

What do Student Ambassadors do?

Ambassadors share their Husky experiences and support prospective students during their college/major decision process. There are a wide variety of ways for student ambassadors to get involved:

Interact with prospective students (high school and transfer):

  • Answer prospective student questions about the College of the Environment
  • Create a web student profile where future students can learn about your academic path
  • Guide future students and their families on tours of College of the Environment buildings
  • Take students to class during “Shadow a UW Environment Husky” events

Welcome recently admitted students (April):

  • Contact recently admitted students to welcome them to the College of the Environment community and connect them with resources
  • Host admitted students for our “Shadow a UW Environment Husky” program (an admitted student will shadow and attend classes with you for half a day)
  • Engage in Admitted Student Preview Day Programming

Represent the College of the Environment at Events:

  • Student Panels (exploring majors, careers, etc.)
  • Environmental Career Fair (February)
  • Earth Day Celebration (April)
  • Sustainable UW Festival (October)
  • College of the Environment Visit Day (July/August/September)

What’s the time commitment like?

Typical time commitment for volunteers is 2-6 hours/month, with increased opportunities to get involved during the months of April (Admitted Student Previews), July/August/September (Visit Day), and October (Application Season). We ask Student Ambassadors to commit to participating in the program through one academic year but you are welcome to continue with the program through the summer after graduation. Freshmen welcome!

Student Ambassadors are required to:

  • attend one full day of training at the start of each academic year; typically a weekday before the start of autumn quarter
  • attend monthly meetings during each quarter (weekdays, one per month; typically 4:30-6pm)
  • volunteer for at least two events each quarter, typically 2 hours minimum per event
  • Complete a background check and 2 online training modules through the Office for Youth Programs Development and Support; this is required for our work with minors. (about 40 minutes for the training)
  • attend one diversity, equity and inclusion training each year (varies but typically 3 hours)

What will I get out of this experience?

  • Develop Skills and Boost Your Resume
    Perfect your elevator pitch, develop leadership, communication and public speaking skills.
  • Build Community
    Welcome and support future members of our community while connecting with your peers across our 8 undergraduate majors.
  • Good Karma
    You will help future students explore UW and College of the Environment majors and will provide them with the tools needed to be successful in their first quarters at UW.
  • Mentorship
    Receive training and mentorship throughout the program, access ambassador-only career development/networking opportunities, and receive letters of recommendation on request.

Finding research opportunities

One of the best ways to find a research opportunity at UW is to ask a professor whose work you are interested in about opportunities in his or her lab. The Undergraduate Research Program also maintains the Research Opportunities Database which has a listing of research opportunities.

Mary Gates Research Scholarships

Mary Gates Research Scholarships provide funding for undergraduates to engage in research guided by faculty. The scholarships are designed to support students financially so that they can focus more time and attention on their research project.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is one of the largest undergraduate research symposia in the country, with over 1,000 students presenting. Held each spring, the Symposium offers students the opportunity to present their research experiences to a larger audience.

Student Advisory Council

The College of the Environment Student Advisory Council advises the Dean and Associate Deans on issues related to students. The Council brings issues from the Dean’s Office to the student community and brings issues from the student community to the Dean’s Office. The Council also provides input, insight and perspective on the student experience within the college.

Student groups

Joining a student group or club is a great way to explore your interest in the College of the Environment and get connected with student communities within the College. Whether you want to work on a hands-on volunteer project or just want to meet other students, get started by attending a meeting or contacting a club officer.

Study abroad

The environment is a global connection — and your education should reflect it. Students gain new perspectives, knowledge and global experience upon traveling and studying abroad. The College of the Environment and the University of Washington provide outstanding opportunities to learn abroad in courses and programs related to the environment.

Meet, Greet, Teach

Meet, Greet, Teach is an evening series offering students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.

The Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is a unique collaboration between The Graduate School, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and the UW Libraries. Together with its partners, the Center is dedicated to advancing innovation and sharing expertise on teaching and learning across the UW campus. The Center for Teaching and Learning works with individual instructors, departments, units and communities of practice, to disseminate evidence-based research on teaching, learning and mentoring.