UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation/Thesis Awards & WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology Award

Nomination deadline:   June 20, 2016

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the following 2016 awards:

  • Distinguished Dissertation Awards,
  • Distinguished Thesis Awards and
  • WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award.

2016 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Awards

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Awards competition in the following four categories: Biological Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering. These awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Each department may submit only one nomination per category. The nomination must be submitted by the department chair or graduate program coordinator.

Each recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and will be publicly recognized by the Graduate School. Additionally, when the awardees’ dissertations fall within the current year’s fields of competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, they will be submitted as the UW’s institutional nominations for this prestigious recognition. NB: The fields of competition for 2016 are “Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering” and “Social Sciences.”

Graduate School Distinguished Thesis Award 2016

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards competition in the following categories: Biological Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering.This award recognizes outstanding and exceptional research and writing produced by UW master’s students in any discipline. Each department may submit only one nomination per category; nominations must be accompanied by a cover letter from the department chair or graduate program coordinator.

The Graduate School will nominate the winner of this award to the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS)/University Microfilms International (UMI) Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award competitions (http://www.wagsonline.org/thesis-award.html, or see attachments). Additionally, the UW nominee will receive $500 and will be publicly recognized by the Graduate School.

2016 WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) are pleased to announce the 2016 WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology award. This $1,500 award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. Each department may submit only one nomination. Nominations must be submitted by the department chair or graduate program coordinator. The UW Graduate School, in turn, will submit one nomination to the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

For consideration for any of these awards, please contact your department chair or graduate program coordinator to learn about internal nomination procedures.

UW Martha H. Duggan Fellowship in Labor Studies

Application deadline:   June 13, 2016

The UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies offers the Martha H. Duggan Fellowship.

The fellowship shall be awarded to any graduate student who has demonstrated academic merit. Preference for the award shall be given to graduate students committed to researching or serving those who provided caring labor, or who themselves have provided caring labor or assisted partners or other family members in gaining advanced education.

The fellowship may be awarded to a student in any field as long as her or his work has a focus on labor.

The fellowship winner must demonstrate high academic achievement and be enrolled at the UW for the upcoming Autumn Quarter. The fellowship has a value of $10,000 to be applied to tuition costs or provide support for living expenses, books, fees, and other educational expenses. Duggan fellows will consult with the Coordinator of the Bridges Center regarding the allocation of funds. The fellowship must be used within two years of receiving the award and while the student is still active at the University of Washington.

The Duggan fellow will be asked to assist the Bridges Chair in maintaining the focus on caring labor as a visible and ongoing part of the Center’s program. This might involve the identification and invitation of an important speaker in this field, or it may involve developing an activity (such as a conference or workshop) where scholars, practitioners, and/or activists who are concerned with caring labor can meet and exchange ideas. Additional funds may be available from the Bridges Center to be used by the Duggan fellow in these pursuits.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/resources-duggan.html

Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarships

Application deadline:   June 6, 2016

The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) offers a number of scholarships for graduate students. These include:

  • Sequoyah Graduate Scholarship, for graduate students in all fields of study
  • Elizabeth & Sherman Asche Scholarship, for undergraduate and graduate students in health and science fields
  • Florence Young Memorial Scholarship, for graduate students in art, law, and public health fields
  • Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship, for undergraduate and graduate students from non-federally recognized tribes (students from state recognized tribes may apply)

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://www.indian-affairs.org/graduate-applications.html

American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students throughout the United States.

Since the founding in 1969, AIGC has awarded more than 16,000 scholarships totaling over $44 million to graduate students in all fields of study.

A number of fellowships, scholarships, and loans (paid back through careers in public service) are available.

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/graduate-fellowships/

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program is accepting applications for Fall projects beginning September-December.

This program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management.

Although students will become familiar with all the  research being conducted by a particular staff member and with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them.

Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per week.

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://serc.si.edu/pro_training/internships/internships.aspx


American Physical Society (APS) M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The American Physical Society’s M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship is designed to enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees.

Applicants must:

  • Currently be a citizen, legal resident, or resident alien of the United States or Canada.
  • Have completed work toward a PhD.
  • Provide written proof from a U.S. or Canadian institution that the applicant will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of the grant. Institutional affiliation at the time of application is not necessary.

In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Qualifications of applicant,
  • Status of career before break,
  • Steps the applicant has taken to return to physics research,
  • Relationship of the applicant to the research community,
  • Relationship of project and award to future plans,
  • Scholarly significance of the project,
  • Quality and feasibility of the project design and timeline.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/blewett/index.cfm

Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information consists of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). The range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).

The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
  • Have completed all course work; and
  • Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://litwinbooks.com/award.php

Stonewall Community Foundation Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

Application deadline:   May 18, 2016

Awarded by the Stonewall Community Foundation, the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship supports women-identified LBGTQ students already matriculated at a nonprofit college or university. The award is available for any level of study, including graduate study.

Applicants for the scholarship must demonstrate their motivation to making a difference with their lives. Applications are judged on:

  • Academic excellence
  • Outstanding community service
  • Commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues

Leadership, merit, and professional and personal goals will also be considered.

Multiple scholarships between $1,500 and $3,000 will be awarded in early Summer 2016 and are non-renewable.

For complete information about this opportunity, see the application here: https://stonewallfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016-TDRS-Application-FINAL.pdf

Summer 2016+ RA Positions in the Center for Workforce Development

Application deadline:   May 16, 2016

The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at the University of Washington is seeking two hourly graduate research assistants to assist in funded research and evaluation projects. The Center conducts research and evaluation in the areas of gender and racial/ethnic diversity in STEM fields. We are a highly collaborative team committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM education and careers. Find out more about the CWD at http://www.engr.washington.edu/cwd

The position will start June 2016. The graduate research assistants will report to the Senior Research Associate. Duties include the following:


  • Contribute to high quality data collection, data management, and analysis;
  • Manage assigned research and evaluation tasks, which may include drafting human subjects applications, conducting literature reviews, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing reports;
  • Manage assigned data collection tasks, including interviews, focus groups, observations, and/or surveys;
  • Work collaboratively with CWD staff on related projects as needed;
  • Manage multiple projects and prioritize responsibilities;
  • Maintain organized project files and coordinate with collaborators within and outside of CWD;
  • Contribute to the development of survey instruments and analytic methods.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent data analysis, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities;
  • Comfort with a high degree of self-direction;
  • Experience using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to collect and analyze data;
  • Experience using computer software to perform statistical analyses and data management (i.e. SPSS, Excel, and Microsoft Word);
  • Experience in effectively communicating research results to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Experience using computer software to perform qualitative analyses and data management (i.e. NVivo 9);
  • Ability to synthesize and integrate information from multiple data sources;
  • Interest in stratification, diversity issues, etc.;
  • Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington.

The positions are for Summer quarter of 2016, as hourly Graduate Research Assistants and include standard hourly summer pay per GRSA schedule. Upon satisfactory review, the positions may be extended for additional quarters, and would include standard GRSA salary, health insurance, and tuition remission.

To apply

Email a detailed letter of interest and your resume/CV by May 16 to:
Cara Margherio, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Center for Workforce Development
clm16 at uw dot edu

If you have questions or need more information, please email Cara Margherio.

Summer Quarter Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grants

Application deadline:   rolling (early) & August 1 (regular), 2016

Applications are now open for the Summer Quarter round of GPSS Travel Grant funding. Eligible conference dates for this round are: July 15 – November 4, 2016


In an effort to help improve graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington, the GPSS Travel Grants Program contributes funds to qualifying individuals’ travel expenses for active conference participation in the US and abroad. This is done in an effort to facilitate and promote the intellectual and professional development of graduate and professional students at the University of Washington, but also to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among students and GPSS senators. GPSS travel grants further contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere. Students whose conference participation might otherwise be unfunded, have strong academic credentials and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive awards up to $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences.


UW (Seattle) graduate and professional students enrolled and in good standing may apply for this travel grant. Active participation (presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc.) at an academic conference is required and proof of acceptance is required with this application. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered.

Students may apply for this grant up to one term before participating in the conference event, during the term of participation.  Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the quarter deadline. Only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted, however. Though students may apply only once per conference event, one may apply many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. One may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

For more information about this opportunity, including application materials and future funding rounds, see: