Events: Applications open for 2018 Science and Technology Showcase


Applications are now OPEN for the 2018 Science and Technology Showcase (STS) hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and the Science and Engineering Business Association. Both undergraduate and graduate students with science or technology-based ideas that have commercial potential are invited to participate.

Students will deliver their pitch to a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs from the Seattle business community. Cash prizes will be available in a wide variety of categories. Previous STS winners have gone on to successfully launch start-up companies.

  • Apply hereby December 18, 2017. More information can be found at
  • Showcase: January 18, 2018 in Anthony’s Forum (Paccar Hall)
  • Questions? Contact Renae Cruz at

Funding: 2018 Bonderman Fellowship application open


The 2018 Bonderman Fellowship application is now available!
Deadline: January 8, 2018, 12 noon (PST)

The 2018 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is open! This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. Continue reading

Funding: Call for Applications, WISIR


Call for Applications: WISIR (Washington Institute for Study of Inequality & Race) Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Grants

WISIR is accepting proposals for innovative student projects that are focused on the study of race, ethnicity, immigration, or inequality and politics. WISIR will offer research grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to help undergraduate and graduate students conduct research projects. Students can utilize the funds to subsidize research costs such as visiting historical archives, fielding surveys, or completing interviews etc.

Undergraduates are encouraged to present their findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Graduate students should incorporate their funded work into conference papers, journal articles, and dissertations.

Eligibility:  Currently enrolled UW graduate students or undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

To apply:  Submit the following information to the online application:

  1. Project description (maximum of 3 pages single spaced)
  2. Budget and discussion of when the research will be conducted
  3. Updated copy of Resume/CV
  4. One letter of recommendation emailed directly to

Please fill out the application and upload information here:

Questions: Contact Prof. Sophia Jordán Wallace, Associate Professor of Political Science, at
Deadline:  November 15, 2017 by 5:00PM PDT
Notification of Decision: November 30, 2017
More information about WISIR:

*Funding for this grant is supported by the UW Race and Equity Initiative. For more information, see

Welcome to the 2017-18 Academic Year!

The staff in Student Services is excited to start another academic year! We have planned a number of events for Autumn Quarter including chats with the Dean, a variety of career workshops and meet-the-firm events, as well as our traditional Spooky Study Break. For our online students: watch for ways to attend these events online or listen to the recordings at a later date.

Here’s a guide to the information you’ll find in this document:

– New iSchool Faculty

– iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluations

– iSchool Facilities

  • iSchool Computer Lab and iLounge Etiquette
  • Husky Card Access
  • After-hours Building Permits

– iSchool and UW Student Conduct Policies

 – Communication

  • Student Services Blog and Social Media
  • Advising Emails

– Student Representation on iSchool Committees

  • iSchool Student Leadership Council
  • Student Representation on iSchool Program Committees
  • Graduated and Professional Student Senate Representation

– Funding to Present at Professional Conferences

– iCareers

  • Scheduling Academic and Career Advising Appointments
  • Viewing iSchool Events
  • Accessing Internship, Job, and Capstone Postings
  • iSchool Student Recruitment Standards


New iSchool Faculty

The iSchool hired five new faculty members, two familiar faces were hired as permanent lecturers, AND we hired a new Dean!

Anind Dey will be joining the iSchool in January as our new Dean. During fall quarter, Carole Palmer will serve as Interim iSchool Dean.

Alexis Hiniker brings her HCI expertise to the iSchool faculty and is teaching in the PhD program this year.

Anna Lauren Hoffman researches and teaches in the area of Data Ethics.

Miranda Belarde-Lewis is returning to the iSchool as tenure track faculty member and indigenous scholar teaching in the areas of library science and museology.

Ott Toomet will be teaching courses in data science.

Richard Sturman is a new lecturer who is teaching classes in system analysis and design as well as the INFO Capstone course.

Greg Hay, a familiar face to INFO students, is now a fulltime iSchool lecturer teaching on the topic of databases.

Laura Schildkraut is another familiar face joining the iSchool as a fulltime lecturer in professionalism and gender issues.


iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluation

Attention new students:  we want your feedback. Please take a moment to complete our survey about your program orientation and iSchool welcome activities. The survey is available at Deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, October 8th.


iSchool Facilities

The iSchool offices exist in three different buildings spread across the U-District.

Mary Gates Hall is the home of the Dean’s Offices, Student Services, IT, as well as individual faculty offices.

Bloedel Hall houses a classroom, casual meeting/study spaces for students and the offices, and work spaces for several of our research centers, research faculty and staff.

Roosevelt Commons holds most of the iSchool administrative offices and staff including Finance, Advancement and Communications.

iSchool Shared Space Etiquette

The iSchool has several spaces available for iSchool students’ use.  Numerous computer labs and the iLounge and numerous computer labs are available for iSchool students to use to support your academic activities.  These spaces are accessed with your Husky Card.  The expectations of the iSchool are that these environments be welcoming, comfortable and inclusive for ALL iSchool students. 

MGH Computer Labs

  • 066 – Collaboration Lab (CoLab): meeting area for students working on group projects. The room is equipped with whiteboards, TV/displays, different meeting area set ups, couches, conference tables, and power outlets for laptops. iSchool student access via Husky Card seven days a week, until late each night. NOTE: The Co-Lab is temporarily being used as office space and will be available for student use later in autumn quarter.
  • 076 and 082 – PC Computer Classrooms: Machines running Windows 10 and a large selection of other software. Frequently reserved for classes during the day. iSchool students have swipe card access in the evenings and on weekends.
  • 334 and 342 – Introductory Programming Lab (IPL) shared with CSE: Open spaces for laptops in 342. After-hours access via swipe card access through 342.
  • 430 – iMac Computer Classroom: iMacs running Mac OS X and Windows available under Parallels. Frequently reserved for classes. Check the electronic calendar device on the wall to see if the room is available.
  • 440 TE Lab (Technology Exploration Lab), Quiet Lab, and VR Lab: Main area has iMacs with Windows available and open spaces for laptops. Generally a louder collaborative working space. Quiet Lab is adjacent, no noise allowed. A small Virtual Reality Lab is in the back of 440 with VR headsets (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift) and VR development software installed.

Computer Lab Norms may be found at

iLounge Norms: This space is open to use by all iSchool students, staff and faculty. The kitchen space is shared and each individual user is responsible for cleaning-up after him or herself. This includes dishes, microwaves, table tops, countertops and the fridge. The day-to-day cleanliness of the space is the responsibility of those who use it. The iLounge is more thoroughly cleaned monthly by members of iSchool student organizations. The small meeting room may be used for group meetings.  No reservations available. Use of the small room should be kept to 30 minutes per visit.

Please note that group events are not allowed in any of these spaces without prior approval of the iSchool administration. All iSchool spaces are subject to the UW Student Conduct Code:

Problems Accessing an iSchool Space

If your Husky Card is not working in a computer lab or iLounge, contact the iSchool Facilities Administrative Coordinator Frankie Fowler at

After-Hours Building Permits

To avoid being escorted out of the iSchool labs when MGH is closed, you need to have an official permit issued by the iSchool. The permits will allow you to stay in MGH from building close to 3 a.m. No students should be in MGH between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The iSchool will be issuing building permits to those students who request them. To request a building permit, please complete the survey at Deadline to submit building permit requests is Friday, October 6 at 11 pm. Permits will be available the week of October 16th in the iSchool Dean’s Office, MGH 370.

Regular Mary Gates Hall hours are:
Sun thru Thu: 7 am to 12 am (midnight)
Fri and Sat: 7 am to 9 pm
MGH is closed on holidays and has shorter hours during quarterly breaks.

If you think you will be in MGH outside of the hours listed above, you should request a building permit. This is your one and only chance to request a building permit for the 2017-18 academic year.


iSchool and UW Student Conduct Policies

All students are responsible for being aware of the UW and iSchool policies and procedures to which they must adhere:

The iSchool has a reputation as a place where we develop information leaders who are sought after by top professionals in the information field. This reputation depends upon the consistently professional behavior and high-quality work of our students and graduates. We expect you to be part of this positive community by maintaining the highest standard of professional conduct possible in all of your interactions with university staff, employers, recruiters, and your fellow students across campus. We expect students to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times. When faculty or staff representing the university explain policies or procedures to you, we expect that you will behave professionally, politely, and graciously, that you will follow instructions and requests of staff, and that you will abide by university policies not just at the iSchool but elsewhere on campus.


iSchool Communications

Keeping You Informed

As a reminder, our primary mode of communication to iSchool students regarding academic issues is by email to your UW email account. It is your responsibility to be aware of the information we send to your official UW email address.

In addition to email, Student Services uses a number of other forms of communication to make announcements to students. Announcements about UW activities, professional events or other opportunities for students that aren’t directly related to your academic program are posted on the Student Services blog. In addition to the blog, we also have several social media accounts.

Here are the links:

Emails for Advising Questions

Have quick advising question?  Send it to one of our advising emails.

PhD        Program Staff: Victor or Stephanie           Advising Email:

MLIS      Program Staff: Victor or Joe                         Advising Email:

MSIM    Program Staff: Stephanie                              Advising Email:

INFO      Program Staff: Dowell or Tori                      Advising Email:

Career  Career Staff: Cameron, Alycia, or Dean   Advising Email:


Student Representation

There are a number of ways that your fellow students represent you within the iSchool and the greater UW. Below is a list of student representation on various committees.

Student Leadership Council

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a group of student leaders who serve as an advisory committee to the Dean and other administrators of the iSchool. Additionally, the group selects student representatives for several iSchool committees and allocates funding to student organizations. This year’s council members are:

2017-18 Student Leadership Council Members

  • Brandi Gates, MLIS Rep
  • Julian Helmer, MLIS Rep
  • Shrija Priyanil, MSIM Rep
  • Vaisakhi Mishra, MSIM Rep
  • Davin Lee, IUGA Rep
  • Jessica Libman, IUGA Rep
  • Beck Tench, DSA Rep

Program Committee Student Representatives

Each iSchool degree has a program committee that oversees the curriculum, admissions and policies. The committees are led by the program chair and comprised of faculty members, the program adviser, and students.

  • INFO Program Committee: Ethan Anderson, Tiffany Chen, and Chris Oh
  • MLIS Program Committee: Will Jenkins and Kathryn Myers
  • MSIM Program Committee: Sam Ewald and Emily Smalligan
  • PhD Program Committee: Thomas Johnson

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

iSchool graduate students also have representation on the GPSS This is a university-wide student government body that addresses the issues of graduate students across campus. The iSchool generally has student representatives from the MLIS and MSIM program attend these meetings

  • MLIS GPSS representatives: Andrew Wagster and Julian Helmer
  • MSIM GPSS representative: TBD


Conference Travel Funding

Presenting at a Professional Conference?

The iSchool has funding available to help subsidize the cost for MLIS, MSIM and INFO students presenting at a conference. These funds are requested through your academic adviser. More information is available on the iSchool website at

PhD Students: you can find more information on funding for conferences at


iCareers: Academic and Career Advising Appointments, Events and Career Support

Current students should familiarize themselves with iCareers, which allows you to do the following:

  • Schedule one-on-one advising appointments with iSchool academic and career advisors. Directions for making appointments via iCareers are outlined at
  • View and sign-up for upcoming workshops and events for current students. To view an event, log into iCareers, click on “Events” tab on the left side of the home screen and then choose “Workshops.”.
  • View job, internship and other career opportunities. You can look for jobs, internships, and Capstone opportunities, upload your resume, and sign up for experiential learning opportunities.
  • Recruitment policies: iSchool-sponsored career events and on-campus interviews are privileges that carry certain expectations for your conduct. All iSchool students accessing iCareers resources and attending career events are held to a set of standards found at



Funding: Student Loan Repayment & Options presentation, 4/22


Student Loan Repayment & Options
Date Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm PDT
Where Central Library
Room Location Level 4 – Room 1 – Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
Audience Adults
Language English
Summary Are you affected by student loan debt? Join us for a free presentation and talk to an attorney about your student loan debt.
Description Student loan debt affects millions of Americans and is now the second-largest sector of household debt at more than $1 trillion. In partnership with CENTS and the Attorney General’s Office of Washington, The Seattle Public Library will host a presentation on student loan repayment at the Central Library.

The presentation will cover:
• Types of loans, and how to find out what type you have
• Defaulted loans and options to deal with default
• Finding an affordable payment plan to stay out of default
• How to change payment plans
• Loan forgiveness options for Federal student loans
• Dealing with collection activity
• Specific issues related to Private student loans
• Pros and cons of filing for bankruptcy
• Scams and frauds to watch out for
• Resources for self help and further assistance

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session and a limited number of one-on-one attorney consults will be assigned on a first come/first served basis to help attendees make a strategy to deal with student loan debt. Please join us for this free session and bring your questions on student loan repayment.

Our schedule will be as follows:
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Presentation
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Questions and Answers
3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. one-on-one consultations (10 minutes each)

Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Program brought to you by the Education Subgroup of the Washington Attorney General’s Student Loan Workgroup. Outreach subgroup members represent the following organizations: CENTS, Northwest Consumer Law Center, Northwest Justice Project, Washington Student Association, Washington Attorney General’s Office. The attorney presenters and panelists are volunteers with CENTS’ Student Loan Project.

Contact Info *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room Capacity Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Funding: Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund Grants

The Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that the Harlan Hahn Fund call for proposals is now open for Spring Quarter 2017:

Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal. Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or potentially informed by the academic field of Disability Studies. Please distribute this to anyone who might be interested in applying. The application deadline is 11pm on Sunday, May 21st.