NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program info sessions: for students in various social science & STEM fields planning for grad school

Students from social science and STEM fields!

Check out this upcoming application cycle and information sessions for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study, providing 3 years of funding which includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees. Current undergrads and bachelor’s alumni planning for graduate study, as well as current graduate students may be eligible to apply. Further details and a forward-able message are below. Please share widely!


Although the name may suggest that only STEM students are eligible, the list of eligible fields is quite diverse. This is not the complete list of eligible fields, but just some examples (see the complete list at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16588/nsf16588.htm#appendix):


  • SOCIAL SCIENCES – Archaeology, Anthropology, Communications, Decision Making and Risk analysis, Economics (except Business Administration), Geography, History and Philosophy of Science, International Relations, Law and Social Science, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Policy, Science Policy, Sociology (except Social Work), Urban and Regional Planning




National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

RSVP to attend (though drop-ins are welcome)

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:30-6pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 12:30-2pm, MGH 171


NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered. For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.


Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others (see the complete list at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16588/nsf16588.htm#appendix). We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.


Rising seniors, graduating seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school starting in fall 2019 can apply this year and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2018 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2019.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2019.


The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines are usually late October. Even though the application may not officially open until August, students are strongly encouraged to start early on this process!


Basic eligibility criteria:


*Research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)

*US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline

*Students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)

*Students who have not earned a previous graduate degree

*Graduating senior undergraduates and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2019


Additional details are available at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/ and http://grad.uw.edu/graduate-student-funding/for-students/fellowships/list-of-fellowships/nsf-graduate-research-fellowship-program-grfp/.


Please feel free to contact us for questions and application support, based on your student status:

Undergraduate students & alumni:   Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu; and Emily Smith, emilys42@uw.edu

Graduate Students: Helene Obradovich and Michelle Drapek, gradappt@uw.edu



Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship application now open for transfer students entering UW in 2018-19

The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship application is now open and available at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/martinfamily. Deadline for applications is July 6, 2018. Please share with your students who are transferring to UW in summer 2018, fall 2018, winter 2019 or even those who have already transferred to UW but have not yet earned more than 18 credits.


Please note that students from ANY Washington State community college are potentially eligible to apply for this scholarship (see complete details on the website and eligibility details below).


The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program enables community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington-Seattle. Martin Scholars are encouraged to join departmental honors programs at UW, if available. Applicants are considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They are expected to have well-formulated ideas about the direction of future studies and subsequent careers. There should be evidence that a Martin Scholarship will encourage pursuit of a program of education most likely to fulfill the applicant’s potential. Financial need may be considered but is not a requirement.



·         Applicants must be Washington State residents who are in any one of the following three categories: (1) US citizens, or (2) US Permanent Residents, or (3) Eligible for in-state tuition through HB 1079 qualification.

o   For additional information about HB 1079 qualification, please visit http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa. If this applies to you, please also be aware that some colleges may have different requirements; UW’s requirements are detailed at https://depts.washington.edu/reach/hb-1079undocumented-students/. If you have any questions or concerns about meeting this requirement, please contact Robin Chang at robinc@uw.edu or 206-543-2603.

·         Applicants must be currently attending or have attended a community college in the state of Washington.

·         Applicants must have earned a minimum of 36 credits at a Washington State community college by the time they matriculate at the University of Washington. Students who hold an associate’s degree are encouraged to apply.

·         Washington State community college transfer students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington may not have earned more than 18 UW credits by the application deadline of July  6, 2018.

·         The award will depend on successful admission to the University of Washington as a matriculated student.

·         The selection committee gives no consideration to an applicant’s gender, race, color, creed, or national origin.


Please let me know if you or your students have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to share and/or post the attached flyer where possible. Additional details about this application are at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/martinfamily and additional details about the Martin Family Foundation are at http://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/martin/.



Additional information: Martin Scholarships 2018

Summer GRDSCH 200 Course – Preparing for Graduate Education

Are you unsure if you want to attend graduate school?

Do you know for certain that you want to attend graduate school, but are not sure how to write a quality personal statement?

Not sure what program or school you want to attend?

We can help!


This 2 Credit, ten-week course is for juniors and seniors who know they want to pursue, or are considering the possibility of, graduate education. During the quarter, students will learn first-hand from faculty and staff involved in graduate admissions how to find programs that fit their interests, and how to prepare application materials.


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Face the Stigma night tonight!

This year, as part of the Peer Health Educators’ Face the Stigma mental health campaign, we will be hosting an event called Face the Stigma Night in which individuals will share personal stories related to mental health, mental illness, and mental well-being. Individuals who wish to participate in the event will share stories up to 7 minutes in length and will receive personalized coaching for both the written and verbal components of their story. If you are interested in telling your story, please go to tinyurl.com/FTSnight to learn more and sign up. The event will take place on May 21 from 5pm-6pm in the Ethnic Cultural Theatre, and for those who aren’t interested in speaking, we strongly encourage you to attend to support the courageous speakers willing to share their stories.

UPPOW Inter-Professional Health Fair

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the United Pharmacy Professional Organizations of Washington (UPPOW) and UW School of Pharmacy are sponsoring the second annual UPPOW Interprofessional Health Fair in Red Square on the University of Washington Seattle campus. FREE health screens and health information will be available to the public, students, and staff. DJ Stephen the Stylist will spins some tunes and there will be free giveaways from some of the event donors.

  • WHEN: May 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm        
  • WHERE: Red Square 
  • COST: Free
  • MORE INFORMATION: UPPOW Interprofessional Health Fair Facebook page


“We will have a strong focus on Opioid addiction and mental health including naloxone training and distribution by King County. We are hoping to drive some interest with this and lower the stigma behind this drug,” said Sean Linn, a lead organizer of the event and a third year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student and Director of Outreach for UPPOW at the UW. “Complementing this will be students discussing the Good Samaritan Laws too. We have 40+ organizations from UW and the local community! It is going to be a blast!”

Last year, hundreds of UW students, staff, faculty, and members of the community received free health information and services at the UPPOW Interprofessional Health Fair. Over 100 students, seven UW faculty, community volunteers, and healthcare providers assisted with providing information and services. Many other volunteers assisted with the set-up, fundraising and other behind-the-scenes work.

This year, more than 40 local and UW organizations are participating, including: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Blood Works Northwest, Cliff Bars, Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), Doorway Project, EchoTrain, Essentia Water, Family Medicine Interest Group, UW Hall Health, Health Care Recruitment Collaborative, UW Hearing and Speech Pathology, Hello Fresh Meals, Hepatitis Education Project, Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (HSPA), International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF), Kappa Psi, King County DCHS Naloxone Training, Lifelong: HIV Advocates, Pharmacy For Reproductive Education And Sexual Health (PhRESH), Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS), QueeRx, Rho Chi Honor Society, Roosevelt Chiropractic,  Seattle Crisis Clinic, School of Dentistry Recruitment, UW School of Nursing, UW School of Pharmacy Recruitment, UW School of Physical Therapy, UW School of Public Health Recruitment, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Student Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PediaPUPS), UW Recreation and Fitness, UWSoP Mental Health Initiative, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, and Washington State Poison Control.

For questions or further details reach out to lead organizers Sean Linn (sean.linn1(at)gmail.com), Hanna Kleiboeker  (hlk6(at)uw.edu), or Andrew Craciun (acraciun(at)uw.edu).

Photos from the 2017 event are on Flicker at https://www.flickr.com/gp/136655890@N06/iTmTa9.

Watch a video about the 2017 event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLFJRvln1X4&feature=youtu.be.


SPHA Event – Spring Study Break

The Student Public Health Association is having the last Study Break of the year this upcoming Wednesday, May 23rd, from 1-3 pm at the SOCC Lobby. Please join us in taking some time away from classes to relax, hang out with the College Dogs, and enjoy a free meal. All students in the SPH are welcome to join in and close out the 2017/2018 school year.