The following are resources you may need during your time at the College of the Environment and University of Washington. We have attempted to cover as many aspects in the life of a UW grad student, but if there is something you do not see here and think we should include, please send us an email. Be advised that Anthony Salazar, Graduate Student Services Specialist, has office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. Pacific time. Contact him at: to arrange for a Zoom session.

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Career/professional development resources

Pathways to a Postdoc

UW College of the Environment postdoctoral scholar panel discussion: “Pathways to a Postdoc” (YouTube video)

College of the Environment postdoctoral scholars Joe Finlon, ATMOS SCI; Colleen Hoffman, CICOES; Lisanne Petracca, SAFS; and Maureen Williams, SAFS, provide insights on their pathways from graduate education to postdoc assignments, in search of careers in the lab. SEFS professor Aaron Wirsing moderates the discussion as postdocs describe their decision-making process and influences that led them to UW.

Resilience & Well-Being for Graduate Students

Graduate student professional development workshop: “Resilience & Well-Being for Graduate Students” (YouTube link) 

UW Resilience Lab CoEnv presentation

UW Resilience Lab WBLL Guidebook

Window of Tolerance Handout

UW Resilience Lab director Megan Kennedy leads an interactive session to present concepts centered on resilience and well-being, while teaching skills for increasing focus and productivity while reducing stress.  The session is designed to leave you with resources for building a stronger sense of connectedness, including how to take an equity-centered approach that addresses societal and environmental barriers to well-being.

Negotiating the Most out of your Mentoring Experience

Graduate student/faculty panel discussion: Negotiating the Most out of your Mentoring Experience”  (YouTube link)

Graduate student/faculty panel discussion: “Negotiating the Most out of your Mentoring Experience” – Q&A responses

Faculty members Alex Gagnon, OCEAN; and Sunny Jardine, SMEA, with doctoral candidates Megan Mueller, ESS; and Lila Westreich, SEFS, discuss the roles that mentors and mentees play in the dynamics of advising, and techniques to increase your networking base.  Moderator SAFS professor Kerry Naish spotlights the vital importance that mentoring plays in the life of a graduate student.

New Graduate Students

Graduate School Survival Guide

This guide for entering graduate students, written by Dr. Wanda Pratt from the UW School of Information, provides an in-depth summary of tips and points on finding and working with an advisor or mentor, how to get the most out of your research and other helpful resources.

U501: UW Graduate School Orientation

University 501 (U501) is a self-guided, online resource designed for graduate and professional students at all three campuses and is intended to help prepare you for your arrival to and start at the University of Washington.

Campus resources

Childcare resources

The Student Parent Resource Center provides resources and financial support to students with children, including the Childcare Assistance Program and resources to help you find a childcare provider.

Disability resources

UW Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is dedicated to ensuring the access and inclusion of students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs. Students with disabilities who anticipate barriers to full participation in courses are encouraged to meet with a DRS counselor to explore the possible accommodations and services that might be available.

Global travel

The UW Office of Global Affairs facilitates safe and successful international travel for UW faculty, staff and students.

Graduate housing

UW Housing and Food Services provides a variety of on- and off-campus housing options for graduate students, including options for students with families.


The Office of the Ombud works “to provide high quality, client-focused services for preventing, managing and resolving conflict at this university. Through active participation in the problem-solving process, clients develop the ability to prevent, manage and resolve future conflicts.”

Recreational sports and fitness

UW Recreation provides a variety of options for students, faculty, staff and spouses looking to stay fit, participate in sports, and more. The IMA offers programs, facilities, and services, including a fitness center, climbing wall, and personal training. The Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) offers canoe and rowboat rentals.

Transportation and parking information

Commuting to campus? Visit Transportation Services to learn about your options, including how to sign up for and use your U-PASS and parking permit options.

Title IX

The Title IX Office works to uphold Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. This office also works to coordinate UW’s compliance with Title IX.

Resources for veterans

The UW Veterans Center is a place where veterans can connect with other veterans. In addition, the center provides access to university resources specifically designed for veterans. Veterans Center staff are able to provide both direct service and referrals to a number of campus and community resources with the goal of helping veterans balance their academic and personal demands.


The UW Information Technology (UW-IT) department provides computing and information technology services to help students build a successful academic career. Their Student Quick-Start Guide helps students navigate a variety of resources available to them at UW.

College of the Environment events

The College hosts several discussion series for graduate students, including:

Amplify: Conversations about Science Communication

Amplify is a series of discussions among faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to explore and engage in science communication and outreach.


Engage is the science speaker series and seminar. The seminar is discussion-based course for graduate students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for sharing scientific research with non-specialists.

Applied Improvisation for Science Communication

This course (C ENV 590, Special Topics), allows you to communicate your research more confidently and effectively in workshops co-taught by UW faculty and professional improv comedians from CSZ Seattle.

Conversations on Diversity

Conversations on Diversity is a public forum where we — all of us — explore the issues, roadblocks, challenges and opportunities that the College faces, as the first step towards brainstorming solutions. Each conversation focuses on a particular aspect of diversity and features our own faculty, staff and students speaking about their experiences, often from very different points of view.

College of the Environment and UW Graduate School policies

Have a question about the College’s academic policies? Visit the College of the Environment Policies page.

UW Graduate School: General Graduate Student Policies — Scholarship

The UW Graduate School maintains a policy regarding graduate student scholarship.  To graduate, a graduate student is required to hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in order to receive a degree from the Graduate School. A graduate student’s GPA is calculated entirely on the basis of numeric grades in 400- and 500-level courses. See the policy for more information.

UW Graduate School: Memorandum 16 — Academic Performance and Progress

This memo from the UW Graduate School articulates policies for the academic performance and progress of graduate students, including guidance on appropriate process for cases where student academic performance does not meet program expectations. Memorandum 16 also addresses: Communicating Performance and Progress Requirements; Reviewing Performance and Progress; Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress; Drop; and Appeals. See memo for more information.

Funding and costs

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees vary by enrollment, campus and residency. Visit the Office of Planning and Budgeting to search for College of the Environment Graduate Program tuition rate.


Looking for funding to help offset your tuition and fees? Visit the College of the Environment Careers Resources page. It’s updated daily and has opportunities for every step in your career, from scholarships and part-time positions, to postdoc fellowships and professional opportunities. Many grad students work as teaching, research or staff assistants (TA/RA/GSA). You can find assistantship opportunities at the College of the Environment Career Resources page, on the UW Employment site and on HuskyJobs, the UW’s online job and internship search system for students.

Scholarships and funding

The College of the Environment also offers scholarship and funding opportunities, in addition to our Student Meeting/Travel Fund. Visit the College of the Environment Scholarships and Funding page for more information. The Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards coordinates and administers regional and federal fellowship and scholarship programs. They provide a calendar of fellowship deadlines and host info sessions throughout the year. The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) provides information on outside funding opportunities for grad school-related expenses, such as tuition, research and conference and research travel. They offer funding workshops by discipline and feature a searchable database of funding opportunities.

Graduate student life and diversity

Academic Student Employee (ASE) Union

If you’re an academic student employee (ASE), you are eligible to be part of the UAW Local 4121 Union. The Union bargains with UW on wages, hours, benefits and working conditions for the approximately 4,000 ASEs across UW’s 3 campuses. Learn more about the UW/UAW Contract here.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.

Core Programs: Office of Graduate Student Affairs

Core Programs — the Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School—utilizes a holistic approach to supporting graduate students through student-centered programming, timely resources, and intentional tri-campus partnerships. We strive to promote the well-being of our diverse graduate student body in our tri-campus network, so they can thrive and be successful at the university and beyond. Our motto is “Cultivating Capacities for Success.”

Diversity at the UW College of the Environment

In the College of the Environment, we believe that unbounded inclusion is the foundation of effective interdisciplinary. As we broaden our community, we strengthen our ability to identify key issues, frame questions and bound problems that span earth science, natural resources and human dimensions. Diversity, in all its forms, is not only desirable, but also required, for advancing our understanding of the environment and arriving at solutions that allow science to more effectively serve all of humanity. Read more about the College’s commitment to diversity and visit our Diversity Resources page for more information on the programs, funding and outreach and engagement opportunities across College of the Environment and UW designed to support diversity and inclusion.

Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC)

The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center has a wealth of resources and opportunities available to students including student advising organizational development, personal growth and referrals to different departments and programs.

First Generation Graduate Students

A first-gen graduate student is in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor’s degree — and is now earning a graduate degree. Core Programs is dedicated to supporting first-generation graduate students with innovative programming that amplifies their diverse voices and builds community at the University of Washington. If you’re a first-gen grad student, we are thrilled that you are here and are proud to be able to support you in making the most of your graduate experience!

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

The UW GPSS represents the 13,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Over 150 elected or appointed students represent the graduate and professional degree granting schools, departments and programs. GPSS exists to improve all aspects of graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington.

Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)

A unit of the UW Graduate School, the GO-MAP is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. GO-MAP’s three main areas of focus are: Outreach, recruitment and retention | Enhancing scholarship and research | Building community on and off-campus.

Insurance benefits

Eligible academic student employees receive excellent health coverage. Medical, dental and vision care are provided through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP). Visit the GAIP website to learn more about benefits, eligibility and self-pay options.

Leadership without Borders

Leadership Without Borders (LWB) works to serve and empower undocumented students at the University of Washington. LWB offers leadership development resources, college success navigators, the Husky Lending Library, a space for community building, and connections to other campus and community resources.

Mentoring and professional development

The Graduate School and Core Programs publishes Mentor Memos, written by UW faculty and staff, that tackle topics important to grad students (How do you find a mentor? Or form your dissertation committee?), but that aren’t covered in the classroom. The Graduate School also offers a guide to mentoring for graduate students as well as Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education, which lays out student and faculty responsibilities related to professionalism and ethics, teaching and mentoring.

The College of the Environment provided a professional development session called, “Getting the most Out of your Mentoring.” The session brought together a panel of senior-level graduate students and select faculty members to discuss the mentor-mentee roles. Session participants benefited from understanding mentoring as an aspect of networking and relationship-building, and found practical tips in working in and through a mentor relationship. Linked here are documents on Mentoring Tips and the Mentor/Advisor Roles.

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) recently launched a peer mentoring program, Grads Guiding Grads (G3), in partnership with the Graduate School and the Counseling Center.

Mentoring services are available year-round and you can also apply to be a mentor. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a fantastic resource for anyone preparing to teach or looking to hone their teaching skills. They offer resources, workshops, including a First Friday series for grad students and many events throughout the year.

The UW Career and Internships Center features many resources for grad students, including workshops, events and one on one sessions with a career counselor.

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education provides information on mentoring, called Thoughts on Choosing a Research Mentor.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (oSTEM)

oSTEM works to counteract the lack of representation by declaring to the world of STEM — “We are here, we matter, and the science community needs us!” oSTEM aims to provide social, networking, educational and career-building opportunities for queer students, staff, faculty and allies in the sciences in order to grow and change the cultural perception of LGBTQ+ scientists.

Purple Group

The Purple Group is a peer support network of undocumented students that meet weekly to foster community building, connect with allies, share resources, participate in workshops, and discuss issues affecting immigrant communities locally as well as across the country and the world.

Q Center

The Q Center facilitates and enhances a brave, affirming, liberatory and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities and expressions.

UW Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (UW SACNAS)

UW SACNAS represents the national SACNAS organization, which in its inclusivity, is dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.  The UW SACNAS chapter works to create awareness on the importance of diversity in STEM fields.  Through mentoring and outreach, UW SACNAS has built a successful model of community for undergraduates and graduate students of color.

Ways to get involved

Leadership opportunities

There are several ways to get involved in College leadership, including:

College Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee is responsible for curricular policy matters at the college level, including general oversight of courses and programs offered for the common benefit of all departments. It also helps to stimulate new educational ideas and developments in the college.

College Diversity Committee

In the College of the Environment, diversity expands our collective perspective. Beyond the dimensions of race or gender, diversity must involve the active engagement of peoples and their systems of knowledge, activities, experiences and ideas. The Diversity Committee reviews diversity needs and efforts at the College and helps develop policies that increase diversity in College students, faculty, and staff.

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.

The College of the Environment works with the Graduate Recruitment, Retention and Diversity Group (GRRAD) to help foster a more inclusive, diverse graduate student body across the College that collectively supports and propels more effective/responsive science and a more supportive graduate student community. GRRAD works to daylight and showcase best practices already at work within the various schools and departments, and to pursue projects and initiatives that span the college and support the graduate student experience across disciplines. GRRAD members include at least one representative from each degree-granting unit and a blend of Master’s and PhD-level students.


Interested in expanding the STEM pipeline and working with diverse undergraduates and K-12 students? The College has many opportunities, including both College- and unit-level programs:

Atmospheric Sciences

Grad students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences have maintained a volunteer outreach program since 1989. They frequently judge science fairs, host classes on campus and visit schools to do demonstrations.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP)

The DDCSP@UW is a program that’s working to diversify the conservation workforce. It brings together diverse undergraduates from across the country to UW for 3 summers, starting with an 8-week “classroom in the field” experience.

Orca Bowl

The School of Oceanography is a sponsor of the Washington Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl, hosted by Washington Sea Grant. Orca Bowl is an annual event in which teams of high school students from around the state compete in a round robin tournament that challenges and recognizes their knowledge of the world’s oceans.

UW freshWater Initiative

The UW Freshwater Initiative was founded in 2014 with the aim of providing a diverse and vibrant research community through a deliberate commitment to collaboration, technological innovation, and creativity in solving today’s freshwater challenges. Their community features faculty, students, and industry professionals from a diverse network of departments, colleges, agencies, and local businesses. The Freshwater Initiative student steering committee hosts opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration as well as networking and social events. More specifically, these activities have included WaTER Talks (TED-like talks), WaterHackWeek, and the Freshwater Exploration Series. Check out their website for upcoming opportunities to get involved (

Program on Climate Change (PCC)

When the Program on Climate Change began in 2001 one of its goals was to create a strong community of graduate students, staff and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary climate education and research. They often fill requests from K-12 schools, community colleges, rotary clubs and more; they also staff booths at fairs and provide expertise at conferences and panel discussions.

Rockin’ out (Earth and space sciences)

Rockin’ Out is a group of graduate and undergraduate students in Earth and Space Sciences who focus on teaching hands-on activities in K-12 classrooms across Washington state. They also attend Science Night events, host field trips, and lead tours of the department on UW’s Seattle campus. You can visit their website to contact the group or to sign up for their listserv to learn more about upcoming events and ways to get involved.

Seattle MESA

Seattle MESA focuses on at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth, including underrepresented minority and women. Their programs provide middle and high school students and their teachers and parents, with innovative, hands-on opportunities in mathematics, basic and applied science and engineering in both formal and informal settings. There are many opportunities to get involved with Seattle MESA, including becoming a trained and certified Seattle MESA tutor.

Outside the College, there are several programs that offer outreach opportunities:

Student organizations

Many of our schools and departments have student organizations. You can find the full list here. For a full list of student groups on campus, visit the Registered Student Organization (RSO) Directory.