Funding: FLAS fellowships for foreign language study: Info session Thursday, Dec 6

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Interested in studying a foreign language and learning about different cultures? The application is now open for FLAS Fellowships, which award $7,500-$33,000 to UW students studying foreign languages.  Applications are due January 31, 2019 at 5 PM PST.

(Available to current and incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional UW students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents).

For more information, visit jsis.washington.edu/advise/funding/flas/

UPCOMING FLAS INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Thursday Dec 6, 3:30-4:30 Thomson Hall Room 317
  • Tuesdays in January (8, 15, 22, 29), 3:30-4:30 PST Web Chats (see FLAS website for access instructions)
  • Thursday, Jan 10, 2:30-3:30, Allen Library Auditorium, G81L
  • Wednesday, Jan 16, 3:30-4:30 Thomson Hall Room 317

Questions? Contact Robyn Davis at rldavis@uw.edu

Funding: Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship

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Call for Applications: 2019 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship –
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Designed to help a person with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science, the Scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium.  This scholarship is given yearly (to a qualified applicant) by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Chemistry or related disciplines (related disciplines are, for example, Biochemistry or Chemical Informatics).  The applicant must have been accepted (or currently enrolled) into a graduate Library, Information, or Computer Science program in an accredited institution.  Work experience in Library, Information or Computer Science preferred.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship is February 1, 2019.  Details on the application procedures can be found at http://www.acscinf.org/content/lucille-m-wert-student-scholarship.

Applications (email preferred) can be sent to: marge.matthews@outlook.com.

Contact address:
Marge Matthews

CINF Awards Committee
633 Dayton Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010-3801
Phone:  610-527-0686

Career Newsletter, 11/27/18

NEGOTIATING JOB AND INTERNSHIP OFFERS

Some of you have recently received, or on the cusp of receiving, offers for post-grad jobs and summer internships. While this is understandably exciting, it’s important to not let the emotional relief of receiving an offer lead to any hasty decisions.

Before accepting, consider all facets of the opportunity — pay, location, start date, job autonomy, professional development, etc. — and consider how they play into your values, goals, and well-being. Consider negotiating if there’s anything with which you’re not satisfied. (Even if you are relatively pleased with the offer, respectful negotiation will still ensure your compensation package is commensurate with the value you’re bringing.)

WHY NEGOTIATE

Negotiation, particularly with regards to salary and benefits, is fundamentally about ensuring your skills, experience, and education are fairly compensated. You deserve to be paid for the value you provide a company. Add to that, negotiating up front (that is, after receiving an offer but before committing) is not only easier than doing so after starting a job, it also helps make sure you aren’t caught off guard by any potentially unsatisfactory conditions of the position.

There’s more to negotiation than short-term satisfaction, too. As this blog post from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School notes, negotiation can set you up for long-term success:

“Instead of looking at the job you’re applying for as a final destination, think of it as setting you up for the next job and perhaps the one after that, Lax advises. This shift in mindset will allow you to notice the advantages of negotiation in helping you gain the tools you need to grow and thrive. These tools might include a strong support staff, training, or a job title that will set you up for a future career goal.”

Slide from Negotiation & Decision Making Workshop Continue reading

Events: Online and residential information sessions for the iSchool / Honors Netherlands 2019 study abroad program

The application for the iSchool / Honors Netherlands study abroad program is up and running. You can access it via the program description page on the Study Abroad website here:

https://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11567. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Apply Now” button.

You can also listen to a presentation on the program at https://youtu.be/aG_1eVyv0q4 . Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 11/13/18

AVOIDING BURNOUT

The process of searching for a job or internship is long and often arduous (and can feel especially so this time of year, with the declining weather and short days).

That said, employers are looking for talent throughout the year, and many of our students secure opportunities after the new year. Many employers even prefer to hire students/soon-to-be graduates on an ad-hoc basis, approximately one or two months before they’ll be available.

The job search is a process of finding the right fit, and that may take time. You shouldn’t feel discouraged by some initial setbacks, nor obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, accept the first offer than aligns with your values and priorities. (For more tips on negotiating and deciding on offers, check out a recording from last week’s workshop here.)

As you continue with the application process, here are a few strategies to avoid burnout:

SET SMALL GOALS

As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, start by committing to 30 minutes of researching jobs and companies each day. The next week, focus those 30 minutes each day on drafting your application materials and iterating. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.

Slide from Mingling for Introverts Workshop (recording). Continue reading

Events: National First Generation College Celebration, 11/8/19

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A message from Rickey Hall, University Diversity Officer: 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As a university community that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we know that all student experiences in their various forms contribute to the vibrancy and excellence of our three campuses.

On Thursday, November 8, we will lift up the experiences of our first-generation students when UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma join the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success and universities across the country to participate in the National First-Generation College Celebration. Continue reading

Events: Recommended Reads for Equity Celebration, Nov 13th 1-2:30pm

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We are excited to invite you to take part in the Recommended Reads for Equity Celebration. Help us celebrate the newly created Equity Reads Collection and over 120 book recommendations submitted by UW students, faculty, and staff. Explore the collection, listen to book talks, and enjoy food and conversation!

When: Tuesday November 13th from 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons Green A

Have a book recommendation? We’re still accepting submissions!