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



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.

Uniting Voices 2018: Mental Health Conference

You are invited to… 

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Speaker and workshop details:


Keynote Speaker:

Samantha Powers
Dispelling the Myths of Trauma and Student Veterans
Rm. 145, 10:00-11:00 PM
A commemoration of Memorial Day weekend

Workshop Breakout Session I:

Seema L. Clifasefi
Ph.D. & amp; members of the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) Advisory Board
Collaborative voices: Using community-based participatory research to reduce harm and improve quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems
Rm. 145, 11:00-12:00 PM

In this workshop, we will share a community-based participatory research project known as the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP). LEAP is a community/academic partnership aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and improving quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems. We will highlight the journey of our collaborative partnership and then panel members with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and mental health issues will share their unique perspectives about the impacts that the LEAP has had for them, both personally and for their respective communities.


Ann Vander Stoep
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Epidemiology, UW School of Medicine/School of Public Health, Child Health Institute
Promoting Mental Health from a Public Health Perspective
Rm. 307, 11:00-12:00 PM

Mental health conditions contribute heavily to the global burden of disease.  They typically have their onset in the late adolescent or early adult years and make it difficult for young people to function at school, at work, and in interpersonal relationships.  Nationwide surveys estimate that in any given year, nearly 1 in 3 young adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition, with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse being the most prevalent.  When we think about how best to address mental health problems, we typically think about approaches that involve professionals and treatment delivered in clinical settings with goals of reducing symptoms.  But mental health treatment resources are limited. What actions could we take as communities to promote positive mental health? In the workshop we will discuss programs designed to address mental health from a public health perspective.


Sophie Estella Miller
Dungeons, Dragons, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Rm. 337, 11:00-12:00 PM

As Dungeons and Dragons undergoes a swell in popularity, more people have become familiar with its surprising ability to help players manage negative symptoms from a variety of disorders, as well as supplement common trauma therapies. In this presentation, D&D’s core mechanics will be highlighted for their ability to assist the player in overcoming, and healing from negative life experiences, as displayed by personal anecdotes, and academic evidence.




Workshop Breakout Session II:
Elaine Walsh
Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing
Suicide Prevention Basics
Rm. 145, 1:20-2:20 PM

This session is designed for people with or without a background in healthcare who want to recognize and provide basic help for someone who might be at risk for suicide.  Topics include statistics, risk factors, and warning signs associated with suicidal behavior, and ways to respond and provide help to someone who might be at risk for suicide.
Gideon C. Elliott
B.A. in Psychology, Peer Support Group Facilitator, In Our Own Voice presenter and Administrative Assistant at NAMI Seattle
& Amina Mohamud
B.A. in Psychology, Behavioral Specialist, Ending the Silence presenter and Helpline Coordinator at NAMI Seattle
Mental Health and Intersectional Identities
Rm. 307, 1:20-2:20 PM

This workshop will explore what it means to live at the intersections of mental health conditions and other identities, how those identities can affect barriers to care, how you can identify some of your own intersections, and touch on what these intersections mean for a professional working in the mental health sector.
Anthony Aguiluz
MA LMHC from Hall Health Center
Dear Stigma, Please Leave Us Alone. Sincerely, Active Minds
Rm. 337, 1:20-2:20 PM

In this workshop, we will use a practice of narrative therapy, letter writing, to address mental health stigma directly. After a brief introduction to the philosophy and practice of narrative therapy and letter writing participants will compose their own letters to mental health stigma (or shame, stigma’s best friend) and there will be an opportunity for a handful of brave volunteers to share their letters and for all of us to listen to their stories. A background in writing is not necessary and pens, pencils and paper will be provided. All participants need to bring is a sense of openness, courage and their listening ears.

Closing Speaker:

Anne Browning

Resilience & Compassion: Building Strength for the Road Ahead
Rm. 145, 2:20-3:20 PM

The challenges we face today are increasingly complex and interconnected.  By developing our individual and collective capacity for resilience and compassion, we lay a framework that will enable us to thrive as individuals and communities.  We will explore how neuroscience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and compassion operate to contribute to our ability to experience resilience when inevitable hardship, failure, and struggle occurs.


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Film Screening – Clínica de Migrantes – Tu (5/29) @ 4:30pm; Hogness Auditorium

The Latino Center for Health and the UWSOM Center for Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to sponsor Dr. Steven Larson’s visit to the UW Seattle campus on Tuesday, May 29th to present the film Clínica de Migrantes:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Please help us spread the word and join us in welcoming Dr. Larson, Clinical Director of Puentes de Salúd, from Philadelphia to present the screening of this film!

What:             Film Screening and Q & A with Dr. Larson

When:            Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (4:30PM – 6:00PM)

Where:           Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, Room A-420

Light refreshments will be provided.

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness 

Synopsis:  Clínica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes de Salúd, one of a few health clinics in the U.S. dedicated to providing quality culturally-responsive healthcare to undocumented immigrant populations. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers in South Philadelphia. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other health care clinics and hospitals.

A 1-minute trailer can be found on YouTube at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dW9c4nY1g


Additional Information:





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SNAHP Town Hall: Moving Towards Single Payer

Come join us for a panel of speakers who will discuss Single-Payer Healthcare: its background, its economic implications, other countries that use it, a physician’s personal experience with the current US healthcare system, and opportunities for advocacy.

Speakers include: 

David McLanahan, MD Co-founder of the Western Washington Chapter of PNHP

Aaron Katz Principle Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health

Bevin McLeod Program Director, HealthCare for All Washington

Anirban Basu, PhD Professor of Health Economics, University of Washington

Christopher Wong, MD Associate professor, Division of General Medicine, UW Medical Center

Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 – 8 PM

University of Washington Seattle

Turner Auditorium Health Sciences Building D-209