Autumn 2023

Welcome to Autumn quarter and to the new academic year! I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the changing seasons.  

Once again, this issue offers a variety of program updates and events from across our campuses as well as inspiring student profiles. As always, I hope you enjoy and find the submissions interesting and informative.  

As we bring the quarter to a close, UW Admissions and UAA Advising will host Transfer Student Preview Day (TSPD) for the fifth consecutive year. This event will be held on December 14th, 2023 on the UW-Seattle campus. More information will be available soon! 

I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and memorable holiday season!

—Tim McCoy

UW Transfer Student Preview Day

Please share with your students that we will host Transfer Student Preview Day again this year on December 14, 2023. This is a program for students (and their families) to learn more about University of Washington programs and services and to connect with UW departments. 

We will also offer general/pre-major advising and campus tours on that day.

Student Profile: Laura Kim, Social Welfare Major, UW-Seattle, School of Social Work

Name:  Laura Kim

Pronouns: they/she,

School transferred from: Seattle Central

Hometown: Seoul, Korea & Seattle, WA

Class standing:, junior in the BASW program

Tell us a little about your background

I’m a Korean adoptee born in Korea and raised in Washington

How did you hear about the UW School of Social work and what sparked your interest in Social Work/why did you choose the UW BASW program?

I heard about UW’s BASW program through friends who completed it and from some who are attending the MSW now. I chose social work because throughout my life, one of the only things that’s never wavered is my longing to be of service to others. I dislike the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” as I think my survival, and so many other’s, can be random and comes at a heartbreaking cost. That said, I hope to transform trauma into healing on a micro and macro level and work to make the ability to survive a human right.

What advice would you give to students looking to transfer to the UW/SSW?

I’d suggest talking to people who have taken the courses, reaching out to the department with questions, and attending BASW events for prospective students. Of course, the best information will come from people themselves who have experience in the program, especially if they have similar interests as you. This will help you decide if what the program offers will be able to meet your personal needs.

How would you describe the transition from community college to UW? What connections and resources were helpful with this transition? What resources/information do you wish you had access to or had known about before starting the transfer process?

The transition process was a fair amount to keep organized. I’m grateful for the department contact Nicole Guenther, who was very responsive and supportive to my many emails along the way. I wish I’d had access to a small workshop on how to navigate the UW website itself, as it took some time to adjust to. From there, I made a google doc of application deadlines, called the school or emailed when I was confused on how to take the next step, and gradually went through the 50+ tasks required to properly transfer and complete orientation.

What career, academic, and/or personal goals do you have for life aafter graduation?

Ideally I’d like to streamline transition to the Advanced Standing MSW program, and then begin the journey of finding my forever career. As I’m still in a process of growth and discovery, this may change, but at the moment I aim to open a private practice as a mental health therapist, while also finding part-time work at a non-profit working for social justice at a systemic level.

What has been your favorite part about attending UW and/or the Social Work program so far (favorite class, favorite part of the program, favorite aspect of UW, etc)?

My favorite parts about the BASW program so far are (1) access to instructors from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and (2) building relationships with my cohort. The professors have a wealth of knowledge and because the cohort is relatively small, you have access to ask them just about anything. Additionally, the cohort feels intentionally chosen with a wide variety of personal experiences to share while also holding a common thread of authentic compassion for others.

Department of Occupational and Health Sciences, School of Public Health at UW Seattle. New Name, Same Mission: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health

Announcing a new name for our Bachelor of Science major!  

Our Bachelor of Science degree has a new name: BS in Environmental Public Health. 

We added “Public” to our name to reflect our academic focus at the intersection of human health and the environment and our role as an applied science program within the top-ranked UW School of Public Health. 

From water quality to wildfire smoke to workplace safety, Environmental Public Health majors graduate into high-paying jobs that protect health and create sustainable communities. 

To learn more, talk one-on-one with our academic adviser Janet Hang. 

What makes our BS degree program unique? 

  • Our 400-hour internship program prepares you for careers in environmental public health, occupational health and safety, health and sustainability, medicine, or for graduate school and research careers.  

  • Dedicated support from the department’s career counselor and internship advisers.  

  • Small class sizes, personalized support, networking opportunities and skill-building workshops.   

One additional change 

We have updated our math graduation requirement. Students now complete pre-calculus, not calculus. The Environmental Public Health major is a minimum requirements major—all students who meet the minimum requirements and can complete the degree within UW's maximum time frame are invited to apply!  

Photo caption:  
DEOHS BS alum Bruk Molla, a first-year medical student at the UW, at his white coat ceremony this fall. Photo: Courtesy of Molla. 

How majoring in Environmental Public Health prepared alum Bruk Molla for medical school 

Read about Bruk Molla’s academic journey as a transfer student from Highline College to the Environmental Public Health major to becoming a first year UW Medical student:  

Be sure to also check out our Pre-Health planning workshop led by our Experiential Learning & Career Services Manager, Dan Poux and Undergraduate Adviser, Janet Hang 

Learn more 

Explore our Environmental Public Health major.  

Read profiles of our BS students.   

Explore career pathways in the private sector, health care, pre-med and graduate school.  

Connect with an adviser to learn more about how to declare the major  

Transfer students can apply to the major after they have been admitted to the University of Washington. However, we strongly encourage prospective transfer students to connect with an adviser well in advance before you apply to the UW and often! We can help with course selection and transfer advising while attending your current institution.  

Talk one-on-one with our academic adviser Janet Hang. 

UW Seattle Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program Informational Webinars

UW-Seattle Marine Biology Program, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and School of Oceanography, The World is Your Oyster: Paid Opportunities to Transition into Marine Science

The Marine Biology Program,School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and School of Oceanography have a wide selection of paid opportunities to welcome 2-year transfer students into UW and transition them into majors and careers in marine science: 

Pre-transfer students

MATE Floats

A marine technology summer camp open to current community college students. Students receive $1500 to participate in 1 week of activities focused on global ocean biogeochemical float technology. Deadline to apply: April 26, 2024

Current or incoming UW students

College of the Environment Scholarships

Incoming transfer students are encouraged to submit an application for need-based College-level scholarships (combined application, 8 funds, $1,000-5,000) after receiving their offer of admission. Deadline to apply: TBA, mid-to-late July 2024

GEODUC Scholars

All aboard the R/V Rachel Carson and set sail for an immersive, 10-day research experience at the UW marine research station in the San Juan Islands. Incoming transfer students spend time at Friday Harbor Laboratories ahead of their first quarter at UW to conduct research and get to know other GEODUC Scholars. Students receive $1400 in addition to food and housing costs. Deadline to apply: July 12, 2024

Identity, Belonging & Inquiry in Science (IBIS)

A special mentoring program between grad students and undergraduates, the IBIS Program pairs students to work together on research, build skills in marine science and provide mentoring support. Open to EOP eligible or affiliated students. Students commit to 7 hours/week and receive $515/quarter for 3 quarters. Deadline to apply: Nov 1, 2024



GEODUC participants Anisa, April and Krstine prepare a temperature sensor before deployment at sea, while at Friday Harbor Labs. 


 Justine and Dereck, both GEODUC and IBIS students, present their research at the 2023 SACNAS NDiSTEM conference. 

Updates: Milgard School of Business UW-Tacoma

The Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and General Business as well as specialized minors in Business Data Analytics and Sports Enterprise Management.


Transfer and Running Start students completing their business prerequisites by the end of Autumn quarter can still apply to UW Tacoma and the Milgard School of Business for Winter 2024 admission. Students first apply to UW Tacoma and then apply to the Milgard School of Business. Deadline: October 15th.


We recently updated the Transfer Planning Guides for our local community colleges. These are a helpful planning tool for transfer students interested in majoring in business here at UW Tacoma. Please share them with students!


Milgard’s next application cycle will be for Autumn quarter. Autumn 2024 applications will open February 1st. Transfer students completing the last of their business prerequisites during spring or summer quarter are eligible to apply for autumn admission. Students first apply to UW Tacoma and then apply to the Milgard School of Business. The priority application date is March 15th, final deadline July 1st.


Milgard has many scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including transfer students. Students with 3.0 or higher transfer GPA are encouraged to submit our scholarship application which opens annually around April 1st.


Interested students can visit our website and are encouraged to register for one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions to learn more about the business degree options and resources offered by the Milgard School of Business as well as walk through our application process. The UW Tacoma Office of Admissions also offers weekly virtual and in-person campus tours that interested transfer students may want to check out.

Student Profile: Mary Nguyen, Public Policy Minor, UW-Seattle Evans School of Public Affairs

Public Policy Minor Student Profile

Name: Mary Nguyen

Year at UW: 4th Year

Hometown: Beacon Hill Neighborhood in Seattle, WA

Transferred From: Seattle Central College

Major: Political Science

Minor: Public Policy

Tell us about your background and what brought you to UW:

As a Seattle native staying in-state for college, UW is a world class institution that is the best option for me to pursue a career in Political Science. Additionally, UW has an amazing master's program for public policy at the Evans School.

What led you to your major and minor?

I was involved in student government at Seattle Central College prior to transferring into UW. My specific role had responsibilities pertaining to the legislative aspect of student life. I was able to meet with legislators across Washington state to advocate for more mental health resources, textbook affordability, and address campus food insecurity at the state level. Additionally, I promoted voter outreach campaigns on campus, and held conversations surrounding social issues with the student body. I thoroughly enjoyed my work in this role and want to further my career in this direction with government work.

What are your future goals?

In the future, I hope to work with the city of Seattle or King County as a project manager to have a direct hand in shaping policy within the community I grew up in.

How has studying public policy impacted your UW experience?

Studying public policy at UW has been incredibly beneficial for me as a student and my identity of being a Washingtonian. In class, we analyze real life issues prevalent in the city that I have always observed in my daily life but had no direction or answers to solve. It’s been fulfilling being able to tackle the problems that affect my life and the lives of others within my community and actively work to find solutions to them.

Are you involved in any clubs, activities, or organizations at UW?

I am not involved in any clubs, activities, or organizations at UW yet but I hope to get involved in the NextGen Civic Leader Corps.

What do you like to do for fun outside of class?

Outside of class, I enjoy exploring restaurants, exercising, and reading.

What is a fun or interesting fact about you?

An interesting fact about me is that I dropped out of college in my earlier academic career. Finding my way back to higher education has been an incredibly gratifying journey. It has taught me to find peace in unconventional ways of receiving education and be less hard on myself in my own path. There is no right way to get where you need to go.

What advice would you give other students considering a minor in public policy?

Doing a minor in public policy is an amazing way to exercise critical thinking and problem solving on a macro level. There can be a lot of moving parts in politics and government work that seem impossible to fully grasp, but being an informed student makes you an informed citizen in having a basic understanding of things that affect your very daily routine. What you gain from learning is incredibly valuable regardless of any career you decide to go into.

Learn more about the Public Policy minor here.

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UW Seattle-NextGen Civic Leader Corps (NextGen) Evans School of Public Affairs

UW Seattle NextGen Civic Leader Corps (NextGen)

NextGen is a growing community of University of Washington undergraduate students who are passionate about public service, community engagement, and civic leadership. Through a combination of coursework, events and networking experiences, our goal is to connect like-minded peers and deepen an understanding and commitment to public service. This program is part of a growing network of similar programs across the country powered by the Volcker Alliance Next Generation Service Corps. This program is open to all UW undergraduate students regardless of major.

Our Community and Events

Throughout the academic year, the NextGen community engages in an array of activities that center on public service from engaging with leaders in the field, skill building workshops, community service, and networking events.

The Curriculum

All NextGen Civic Leader Corps members are encouraged to take at least one course in the Public Policy or Leadership minor. This coursework provides an academic anchor for your public service career exploration, builds your understanding of theoretical frameworks, and can prepare you to talk about your community-engagement and leadership experiences in job interviews and/or graduate school applications. Additionally, NextGen participants are strongly encouraged to consider completing the Leadership Minor or Public Policy Minor.

Grow Your Leadership Experience

In addition to participating in NextGen community events and connected coursework, we also provide support with searching for or reflecting on leadership opportunities. Leadership experience could be an internship, ongoing volunteering commitment, role in a public service organization or participation in a mentorship program. There are also opportunities to serve in a NextGen student leader position!

Levels of Engagement

There are multiple ways to get involved in the NextGen community and benefits of membership.

  • NextGen Member: sign up and attend an event. You will have opportunities to expand your network and develop new skills through many experiences.
  • NextGen Leader: attend at least two events, engage in a leadership experience, and take at least one connected course. You will receive a NextGen Leader Certificate, a Graduation stole, and will receive priority consideration for two funded opportunities: the UW Alumni Reunion and Class Gifts Scholarship and Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship.
  • NextGen Scholar: complete the above and minor in either Public Policy or Leadership. You will receive a NextGen Scholar Certificate, a Graduation stole, a scholarship, and a transcripted minor.

How do I join NextGen?

Joining NextGen is easy and there is no formal application process. The program is open to all University of Washington undergraduates, so once you transfer and enroll, complete the interest form. Those with a demonstrated history of work with underserved and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to consider participation.


Please email with questions to Andy Pace, the NextGen Civic Leader Corps Coordinator.

For More Information

NextGen Civic Leader Corps at UW Seattle

NextGen Civic Leader Corps at UW Bothell

NextGen Civic Leader Corps at UW Tacoma

Student Profile: Rayyan Cunningham, UW-Seattle Information School, Informatics Major