Honors News

December 2, 2019

Advice from your future self

Alumni visitors to Honors 100 smiling together in a brightly lit classroom

Recent visits with Honors alumni yield valuable insights Honors alumni from a wide spread of majors and industries (law, politics, public health, nonprofit, education, technology, the arts…) met last week with students (mostly freshmen) in Honors 100. Students say they are grateful for the ideas and advice and the alumni say the opportunity to reflect...

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November 19, 2019

Keep learning about AI and social change

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“This is how the twenty-first century began: with sophisticated persuasion allying with sophisticated technology to advance the pettiest possible goals in our lives. It began with the AI behind the system that beat the world champion at the board game GO recommending videos to keep me watching YouTube longer.” James Williams, Stand Out of our...

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November 13, 2019

Study Abroad 2020!!!

Students waiting to board a train in the Netherlands

World travel? YES!!! Say hello to our summer 2020 opportunities for international engagement. We are excited to reveal upcoming opportunities to earn VLPA, W, and DIV credits and fulfill experiential learning requirements (with appropriate application, ask your adviser) across these unique programs.  Many international studies details are now up to date on the Honors Program...

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October 29, 2019

Nov 6 Global Challenges event: sneak preview

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An AI researcher, a civil rights lawyer and a digital rights activist have a lot to talk about. One thing they all agree on: interdisciplinary thinking is the key to a better future. Over the past two days, speakers from Microsoft, UW iSchool and the ACLU shared advice and ideas about technology, ethics and social...

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September 2, 2019

German teaching exchange brings Anne Potjans

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The University Honors Program, in collaboration with the Department of English, is excited to welcome Anne Potjans into our community this fall, through a teaching and research exchange between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Washington Honors Program. The exchange originated from our partnership with Humboldt through Honors’ Berlin study abroad programs (check out...

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July 30, 2019

Honors classes make learning AWESOME

Honors students complete their general education through uniquely interdisciplinary Honors prefix courses like three very different spring seminars.

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July 20, 2019

Velma Veloria joins UW Honors to teach and engage

Garcia and Veloria at Honors Hearth

The University of Washington Honors Program is proud to introduce Velma Veloria, Director of Advocacy and Mobilization for the Equity in Education Coalition, as our first Honors Curriculum and Community Innovation Scholar. This new faculty award, supported by private gifts to the Honors Program Fund, will bring in scholars from across the University and the...

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June 24, 2019

Graduation 2019: videos, profiles and highlights

Congratulations to the University of Washington’s newest 111 Interdisciplinary and/or College Honors graduates! This class represents more than 55 degrees earned within a wide range of majors (see full list below). Many of these graduates completed double majors from fields traditionally widely separated, but now acknowledged to be more closely related, which, held together in...

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May 22, 2019

Remembering Dr. James Champoux

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In May of 2019 he Honors community lost a wonderful teacher, leader and friend with the passing of Dr. James Champoux, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. A longtime professor and former chair of the UW School of Medicine Department of Microbiology, Dr. Champoux inspired students to love what they studied....

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May 7, 2019

Moon Draper & Charity Urbanski both win HETA

Too many great teachers to celebrate just one We are thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2019 Honors Excellence in Teaching Award (HETA), which is determined by Honors student nominations. This year, there were two teachers who inspired the same number of students to write in on their behalf, so we are making not...

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