University of Washington Honors Program

ATTN: The University Honors Program staff will be conducting all of our work remotely and the Honors suite (211 MGH) is closed to comply with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

Advisers are still available to assist students with advising questions over email and via the online communication platform, Zoom. If you believe your questions can be answered via email, please reach out to advisers directly via email for help. If you would like to meet with an adviser, please see below for information about attending online drop in advising and scheduling individual appointments. 

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising for quick questions is available for current UW Honors students. If the drop-in times don’t work in your schedule, or if you have big picture questions that require a longer conversation, please schedule an appointment using the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form. 

To join the waiting room for drop-in advising, click the link for that day’s drop in hours and then “Open Zoom.US”. You may choose to use video or audio only. Advisers will only be present in the meeting room during the days/times listed.

No Drop In Hours During Summer Quarter

To schedule an advising appointment, please complete the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form. We ask for advance notice of at least FIVE business days for appointments. If you have a preference to meet with a specific adviser we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, please note your adviser preference in the advising request form.

If you are an incoming freshman– we ask that you wait until after your advising and orientation session to meet with an adviser.

Request an appointment now!

For appointments concerning post graduation plans or questions about a specific Honors study abroad program, please consider meeting with Associate Director, Julie Villegas. You can email her directly for an appointment at

Interdisciplinary Writing Studio

The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions for students working on projects in CHID  GEOG, GWSS, and UW Honors. Our tutors have experience writing and tutoring in these departments and can work with you on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming and planning, through writing and revising.  All kinds of projects are welcome: reading responses; reflections; creative pieces; research papers, literature reviews; position statements; fellowship, job, or graduate school applications; and more! We can talk with you about drafts, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing.  Click here to schedule an appointment and learn more about the tutors in the Interdisciplinary Writing Studio.

Honors Group Advising series is aimed at connecting Honors students with the people, resources, and topics relevant to a full and diverse UW undergraduate experience.

Spring 2020 Sessions:

GPA Advising

Please meet with an adviser if you are concerned about your GPA or if you are having trouble in a class. We can point you to many different resources both within Honors as well as on the larger UW campus that can help with time management, study skills, tutoring services, and more. The earlier you ask for help, the better!

If your grades fall below a 3.3 cumulative GPA and you are put on probation in the Honors Program, you are required to meet with an Honors adviser. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss academic concerns and get support reflecting on challenges and creating plans for successful change.

Please review our Honors Program GPA policy to determine if you are in a probation quarter.

Advising Resources

Honors Academic Success Guide
Get started with UW MyPlan
View the UW Gen. Ed. requirements by college and school
Visit UW’s Undergraduate Advising website
Utilize UW Academic Support Programs
Explore UW Health and Wellbeing Resources 
Interdisciplinary Honors Curriculum Requirements

Meet the Honors Advisers

Aley Mills Willis

Aley Mills Willis

Aley has been advising students in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.

Aley has found advising students in the Honors Program to be a wonderful way to help motivated college students create an individualized path of study and reach their goals at the UW. When not working with students, or thinking about higher education, Aley spends as much time as possible with her family at home or in the mountains around the Seattle area. She has a passion for exploring and has spent much time traveling the world – mostly in search of more mountains. She is thrilled to help students imagine how to extend their education beyond the classroom both locally and abroad.

Brook Kelly

Brook Kelly

Brook has been advising in the Honors Program since 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and traveled throughout east Africa on her fellowship. She directs the Bonderman Travel Fellowship for the Honors Program, and leads our admissions efforts in addition to advising.

Brook enjoys working with amazing students doing incredible things and helping them connect their studies to the rest of the world through service and experiential opportunities. When not at work she spends her time with her family, traveling, tramping the high country, working on her never ending house projects, gardening, and cooking.

Carissa Mayer

Carissa Mayer

This is Carissa’s second year working as an Academic Adviser with the UW Honors Program. Previously, she worked as a Resident Director with UW Housing and Food Services. In this role, she had the opportunity to oversee the Honors Living Learning Community  where she developed a strong appreciation for the UW Honors Program and the students within it. Carissa is originally from Brighton, Colorado and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland for her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. She now calls Seattle home and loves this part of the country. In her free time, she enjoys watching inspirational sports movies, spending time outside, and hanging out at home with her partner and grumpy cat named Buddy.

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Claire graduated from the University of Washington with Departmental Honors in Ecology Evolution and Conservation (EEC) Biology. She discovered her passion for student support in the Pipeline Project, eventually moving on to become an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor for students through the Academic Support Program. Within Biology she spent two years researching our last big global warming event using plant microfossils to better predict how our current vegetation layers will shift and change as our earth warms. Finding her passion for equity, she became an Undergraduate Research Leader to help bring resources to students interested in research and make undergraduate research more accessible to students. She is passionate about educational equity, and hopes that by empowering students to empower others we will create a more sustainable planet for future generations. In her free time she likes to explore new nurseries, tend to her indoor/ outdoor gardens, camp and hike in the Pacific Northwest, ski, and spend time with friends and family.