5 Ways to Make Winter Break Work for You

1) Find a Summer Job. Many seasonal employers finalize their summer hires by late February or early March. Positions are often posted in December or January, making Winter Break the ideal time to conduct your summer job search. Get a head start and complete your summer job applications over Winter Break.

Marine Biology Minors and Alumni can join our LinkedIn groups for regular job/internship postings:

Current Students: UW Marine Biology Student Group

Alumni: UW Marine Biology Alumni Group

2) Brush up your resume! The new year is a great time to take stock. What have you accomplished in the past year and how are these accomplishments represented on your resume or C/V? Need help getting start or finding the right format? The UW Career Center has resources to help.

3) Update your LinkedIn Profile. Did you know that LinkedIn has more than 330+ million users, of which 40+ million are college students or recent grads? What does this mean for you? If you are not currently using LinkedIn to showcase your talents and research professional connections, then you are already behind! Follow the LinkedIn blog for best practices and new features.

3) Apply to spend a quarter at Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) in 2015!  The FHL 2015 application is available online now. FHL courses and research apprenticeships are open to all UW students, as well as students at other universities or community colleges around the world!

Application deadlines:

Spring 2015 – January 25

Summer 2015 – Feb 1

Summer REU 2015 – March 1

Autumn 2015 – May 15 (early review) & July 1

Need help planning? Email marbiol@uw.edu to set up an advising appointment.

4) Gather Reference Letters. Think ahead – will you be needing a letter of reference in the year ahead for a grad school, scholarship, or program application? Many programs require at least one letter of reference from a faculty member who know you well. Some programs also like to see a reference from a supervisor who is familiar with your work outside of the classroom. Use the break to prepare a list of potential letter-writers and reach out to them to see if they would be willing to write a letter on your behalf. Sending a copy of your current resume and a link to your LinkedIn profile is considered a best practice. It can also be helpful to include a copy of the job/grad program/scholarship description in your initial correspondence. If you are requesting a letter from someone you haven’t seen in awhile or don’t know very well, offer to meet with them to discuss your interests, etc.

5) Schedule a check in with your academic adviser(s)!  Winter Break is a great time to review your academic progress and update your 4-year plan. It’s also a good time to meet with an adviser to declare a major/minor, discuss your career aspirations or plan ahead for study abroad.

The Marine Biology Advising Office in FSH 116 will be open over winter break:

8:30 AM – 4:00 pm (closed noon-1 daily)  on the following days: 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/30, 12/31, and 1/2.

The office will be closed 12/18-12/29 and 1/1.

Please schedule an appointment by emailing marbiol@uw.edu

Cool Winter Quarter Course: ESS 421 – Intro to Remote Sensing (ESS 421)

Still looking for an interesting course for Winter Quarter? Check out ESS 421  – Introduction to (not just) Geological Remote Sensing.

For more details, please see the flyer below:


College of the Environment Student Meeting Fund: Funding for Student Travel, Conferences, Meetings – Application Due Jan 21

Winter 2015 Quarter Deadline: January 21, 2015

The College of the Environment (CoEnv) supports undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in furthering their careers, and in particular in connecting students to networking opportunities afforded by the presentation of their original work in meeting venues.  CoEnv supports two types of student attendance at meetings:

  • Individual Travel to Meetings:
    Maximums of $500 for North American travel and $750 for international travel; one per student per degree career; we anticipate making about 15 awards annually. The award amounts are modest to enable CoEnv to provide funding to a greater number of students. Students are expected to seek and receive funding from other sources, and students who do so will receive funding priority.
  • Student-Organized Meetings:
    Maximum of $1,500 or 20% of total expenditures, whichever is smaller; one per organization annually; maximum of 4 awards given out annually.

Individual Student Travel to Meetings

CoEnv realizes that presentation of original work at national or international meetings hosted by scientific/academic societies can truly accelerate the career of a student.  Because grant and contract funding, unit-based funding sources, and/or individual resources are occasionally not enough to cover travel expenses, the CoEnv will competitively award travel grants to individual students on a one-time basis who are giving oral presentations of their original work (including co-authored work where the student is first author). In special circumstances, funding may be available for poster presentations (e.g., the conference only features poster presentations). If you are applying for funding for a poster presentation, please describe the special circumstances in your application and ask your faculty advisor also to do so in the letter of support. Without this explicit additional documentation, your application will not be considered.

Applicants must be matriculated students pursuing a major within the College of the Environment. Undergraduates pursuing a minor in the CoEnv, but not a major, are not eligible to apply. Graduates pursuing a Graduate Certificate in the CoEnv, but not a CoEnv graduate degree, are not eligible to apply.

Applications for College funding must include:

  • Proposal (2.5-page maximum; see requirements below)
  • Letter of support from your faculty advisor

Proposal Guidelines:

Applications for CoEnv funding must include a proposal (2-page maximum) listing the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Your name, department, and the degree you are pursuing; indicate whether you are:
  • Undergraduate Student

-          Freshman

-          Sophomore

-          Junior

-          Senior

  • Master’s Student
  • PhD Student – general exams not yet completed
  • PhD Student – general exams completed
  1. Meeting title, location, dates, and organizing institution.
  1. FULL presentation title with list of all authors. Note whether oral or poster presentation. In no circumstance will more than one author be awarded a travel grant.
  1. Abstract for the proposed presentation – submit the same abstract required by the conference following the conference guidelines for length. If the conference does not require an abstract, submit an abstract no longer than 300 words.
  1. An explanation (300 words max) of how the networking, visibility, and peer review benefits of attendance will be realized at this meeting; specifically:
  • how your research represents in-unit or cross-college excellence that merits this level of support;
  • how attending this meeting is of special significance to advancing your career goals, and, specifically, how this particular meetingwill advance your research/scholarly agenda.
  1. Total estimated budget, broken down into major budget categories – registration, airfare, rental car, meals (use UW meal per diem rates), lodging, etc. To reduce costs, consider cost-saving measures such as sharing a room with a fellow student attending the conference or only requesting the amount necessary for meals (rather than the full per diem amount).
  1. Total amount requested from CoEnv, and amount(s) received or requested from all other sources. The strongest applications will show requested or actual support from several sources. If you are only requesting funding from the College, please state the reasons why you have not applied elsewhere.
  1. All presentations you have given in the last 24 months at meetings, conferences, or workshops.

Faculty Advisor Letter Guidelines:

Submit a letter of support from your faculty advisor, including a statement explaining the following. Please alert your faculty advisor of these required elements to ensure a strong letter of support:

  • why this student’s participation in this conference should be supported by the College of the Environment above the dozens of other students seeking support from across the College;
  • why grant/contract support is not available to cover all expenses;
  • why this particular meeting is especially important for this student at this point in her/his career.
  • how many currently active students are in your lab/research program, and what is the total amount of travel funding available to those students.

Meeting Synopsis Guidelines:

Within one month of the meeting, you must submit a brief synopsis (250 words max) documenting how meeting attendance advanced your career, listing any awards/honorable mentions you received, and a final budget documentation.  Failure to submit a timely report will result in further student travel awards to current/future members of your laboratory being suspended.

CoEnv will not provide support for:

  • alcohol
  • accommodation or food above per diem or actual expenses, whichever is less
  • stipend or salary
  • attendance to local chapter meetings of national/international organizations
  • attendance to student-organized meetings

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you do not follow instructions, including limiting your request to the maximum award amounts listed above, your application will not be considered.

Student-Organized Meetings

CoEnv supports a range of student organizations that organize and host meetings attended by CoEnv students where central goals of the meeting include linking science (natural and/or social) to policy or real world application; and interdisciplinary attendance realized within CoEnv as attendance and presentation by students from multiple units within the College.  CoEnv will competitively award grants to student organizations for partial funding of interdisciplinary, student-run meetings at which CoEnv students are presenting original (including co-authored work where the student is first author) work.

Applications for CoEnv funding must include a two page proposal listing:

  1. Title of the requesting organization, with a list of student officers and highlighting any CoEnv students.
  2. An explanation of the event, including how the meeting furthers the mission of the College and the careers of attending students (350 words, max).
  3. Planned location and dates.
  4. Intended audience, including total estimated attendance, and specific attendance by students from CoEnv units.
  5. Total estimated budget, broken down into major budget categories.
  6. Total amount requested from CoEnv, and amount(s) received/requested/anticipated from all other sources (please include any proposed registration fees as one source).

Following the meeting, a brief report documenting total expenditures, total attendance, a list of all CoEnv students attending, and a list of any CoEnv student winning presentation awards, must be submitted.  Organizations failing to submit reports will not be funded in the future.

CoEnv will not provide support for:

  • alcohol
  • non-student (including keynote or plenary speaker) attendance
  • conference-organizing contractors
  • within-unit annual student symposia

CoEnv also supports diversity-oriented student meetings.

Submission Process

Meeting grants, whether individual or from a student organization, can be submitted on a quarterly basis, according to the following table to coenvaad@uw.edu.  Submissions should be planned such that travel can be accomplished within 6 months of the date of the award, otherwise the award may be retracted.  Submissions outside of these dates will not be considered.

Submission Deadlines

Autumn 2014:  10/31/2014
Winter 2015:  1/21/2015
Spring 2015: 4/10/2015

Review Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by the College of the Environment Student Scholarship and Funding Committee, comprised of faculty and staff who are advisory to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity.  The Committee will submit recommendations, together with a brief explanation, to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity, who will make the final funding decisions.  Because of the continuing nature of this funding cycle, the Associate Dean reserves the right to sub-select from highly ranked applications in any single quarter, to balance out awards annually.

The Committee will score each application as follows:

Individual Travel Grants

  • Statement of how this specific meeting will help further career (50%)
  • Faculty advisor recommendation (20%)
  • Budget and need (20%)
  • Diversity and security of additional funding sources; has applied for funding from additional sources, or can explain why not (10%)

Student-Organized Meetings

  • Interdisciplinarity (25%)
  • Linkage of science to policy and/or real world application (25%)
  • Number and academic diversity of anticipated CoEnv attendees (20%)
  • Statement of how meeting will help further student careers (10%)
  • Budget and need (10%)
  • Diversity and security of additional funding sources (10%)

Questions? Contact the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Diversity at coenvaad@uw.edu.

Want to study marine biology in Australia? Perhaps Ecuador or Costa Rica?

Greetings from UW’s Office of International Programs and Exchanges!

Are you interested in studying Marine Biology in Australia? What about Business and Asian Studies in Japan? Or maybe Social Sciences in South Africa?

With more than 66 direct exchange programs in 28 countries, UW has numerous overseas opportunities for students in a variety of majors. Most of the exchanges are available as either semester or year-long programs.

Applications for Autumn 2015 exchange programs are due on January 15.

For more information, visit studyabroad.washington.edu or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. daily.

Happy holidays!

Shannon Quinn

Regional Lead for Asia, Oceania and Americas

International Programs and Exchanges

University of Washington

459 Schmitz Hall




Interested in diversity and conservation? DDCS is now recuiting for summer 2015

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is recruiting students for Summer 2015 The goal of this multi-year conservation immersion program is to broaden participation within conservation, and diversify what it means to be a “conservation professional.”

So what can you do to help DDCSP@UW find its next generation of conservation leaders?

  • Post the attached flyer in your department and outside your office
  • Share this information with your students who might be interested in and a good fit for this program (target audience below)
  • Share this information with your colleagues who teach courses from which we might be able to draw students
  • Direct interested students, faculty, and staff to the website, where they can sign up to receive email updates about the program: www.uwconservationscholars.org

We’re looking for 25 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8 week immersion course this summer.  Our program starts in Seattle and travels to various ExUrban (wildlands and rural) landscapes in Washington addressing urban conservation issues. Scholars don’t have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic – incipient change-makers.  Because the program is geared for students early in their college careers, we are only able to take freshmen and sophomores.  If you know of an upper-level undergraduate student or a beginning graduate student looking for an internship, please direct them to the George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change, a program sponsored by the UW College of the Environment and the National Park Service.

Conservation Scholars will:

  • Explore conservation across urban, managed, and protected environments
  • Connect conservation to cultural heritage and environmental justice
  • Understand conservation in the context of food, water, biodiversity and climate
  • Network with conservation professionals from agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions

The Year 1 experience, Classroom in the Field, starts on June 22, 2015. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000. Year 1 Scholars may be invited to join a Conservation Practices Team, or receive a prestigious Conservation Internship in subsequent summers.

You can learn more about the program at www.uwconservationscholars.org.

Our application will close on January 29th. Please strongly encourage any freshmen and sophomores who might find this program impactful to check out the website and apply, and please let us know at ddcsp@uw.edu if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a time to talk with us.

Announcing the 2015 Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship!


The Bullitt Foundation will start accepting applications for the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship on January 1, 2015. Each year, one outstanding graduate student from a university located in the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years. The Fellowship was established in 2007 to honor Priscilla Bullitt Collins, the late chair of the Bullitt Foundation who donated her time, energy and money working for the public good.

Candidates must have a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and a faculty member nomination. Students of color, or those who come from a disadvantaged background or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award.

Please help us spread this announcement widely by sharing with your colleagues and encourage any graduate candidate student with the desired qualities to submit an application by April 1, 2015. More information, FAQ’s, and application instructions can be found on our website. http://www.bullitt.org/programs/environmental-fellowship/

Contact us at:
The Bullitt Center | 1501 E Madison St., Suite 600 | Seattle, WA 98122 | 206-343-0807 | grants@bullitt.org

Seasonal On-Campus Job Opportunity: Student Tour Guide

Seasonal On-Campus Job Opportunity: Student Tour Guide
The position pays $10/hour and is open to all students. Tour guides usually work two to four hours per week, except during the spring rush in March and April, where they can work upwards of 19.5 hours per week.
· Brent Nagamine, Admissions Counselor, bnaga@uw.edu | 206.221.2304

· Matt Sekijima, ’14, Student Director, mattsek@uw.edu

· Philip Arbaugh, ’15, Student Director, pca5@uw.edu
Application: http://ow.ly/FmFgY