Volunteer Opportunity: Bryant Elementary Science Fair Mentor

Read on to learn about this fun and exciting volunteering opportunity for Winter Quarter 2016: 

Bryant Elementary School is currently recruiting Science Fair Mentors for their winter quarter 2016 program and they still need Monday mentors! They are happy to welcome undergraduate majors and graduate students to their program.

Description: Share your enthusiasm for science by serving as a Science Fair Mentor for students at Bryant Elementary School. As a Scientist Mentor, you will develop and lead a project related to your field of expertise. Once a week, you will meet with your small group of 4th or 5th graders to work on your science project and guide students in the most important parts of the scientific process: formulating a question or hypothesis, developing appropriate experiments with controlled, manipulated and measured variables, analyzing results, and drawing/communicating conclusions. This is your opportunity to share your learning and experience, be a team leader and inspire future scientists!

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US Peace Corps Panel Discussion

Interested in the Peace Corps? Read on to learn more: 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Panel Discussion

This event is an opportunity to hear and learn about the stories of recently returned Peace Corps volunteers. The panel will consist of volunteers from a variety of fields who will be able to answer specific questions regarding programs, cultures, and locations.  This will be a chance to be inspired by the work the Peace Corps has accomplished thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and the support of the communities that we serve. 

  • When: Thursday, October 29th
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Where: Gowen Hall, Room 201
  • Questions: Contact Halima Freudberg, the US Peace Corps Representative at UW (Office is in the Career Center in Mary Gates Hall) pcorps@uw.edu

For more information about the Peace Corps at UW, Click Here!

The WTS Mentoring & Scholarship Committee is now accepting Applications

Read on to learn about volunteer and scholarship opportunities with Women’s Transportation Seminars (WTS):

Mentoring Program:

Applications due date extended to Friday, 10/16/2015. We pair graduate/undergrad college students (men and women) with an interest in transportation with local professionals to discuss topics for growth and professional development including:

  1. resume reviews
  2. time management skills
  3. public speaking
  4. networking tips, etc..

The free mentoring program runs from October 2015 until June 2016. It is a short term commitment with long term benefits!

How to Apply: Fill out the application and email to Teri Marsh (tmarsh@HNTB.com) by 5pm on Friday, October 16th

Scholarships:

We have four scholarships for graduate and undergraduate women interested in transportation (including construction, urban planning, bridge design, communications, etc). Applications due Friday, 11/13/2015.

How to Apply: Click Here for more information or to access the applications. Or feel free to email Sayuri Koyamatsu (sayuri.koyamatsu@gmail.com) or Laurie Thomsen at (laurie@osbornconsulting.com)

Networking Opportunity – Society of Women Engineers

If you’re a female undergraduate or graduate student and all too familiar with being in the minority, here is an opportunity to expand your network, develop professionally, find support, and help change this for the next generation! Read on to learn about a great outreach opportunity through the Society of Women Engineers: 

Time to Invent is an outreach program run by graduate students and focused on kindling a love of science and engineering in young girls . Once a month, our mentors visit a local elementary school and lead 4th and 5th grade girls through hands-on activities to encourage an interest in innovation and science/engineering. While activities are typically led by the graduate mentors, both undergraduate and graduate mentors are encouraged to participate in the activities! Check out our website here

WHY should you join?
  • Learn how to talk about your field or even your research to a very young audience
  • Help develop creative activities that demonstrate scientific/engineering concepts in an exciting way
  • Get to know UW female graduate/undergraduate students in other science/engineering field
  • It’s immensely rewarding!!

This program is also the beginning of a graduate student-focused group within the UW section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a global organization supporting the success of women in STEM fields. SWE at UW has fantastic networking opportunities with employers and other professional women, leadership workshops, conference presentations, and more.

If you’re interested in Time to Inventcome to our info session on Wednesday, October 7th, at 4:30pm in CSE 403. Some snacks will be provided (RSVP). Continue reading

AWMA PNWIS Student Environmental Challenge! $4000 in Prizes

Interested in competing against other university students for amazing prizes? Then read on to learn about the AWMA PNWIS Student Environmental Challenge, a competition that will be held in Stevenson, Washington on November 4 – November 6, 2015: 

Eligibility: The EC competition is open to all students who are registered for the PNWIS Annual Conference and have not been out of school for more than one full year. The competition will be a combined event for graduate and undergraduate students competing equally  (Click here to Register for the PNIWS Annual Conference).

Benefits of the PNIWS Annual Conferences:

  • Take advantage of the low student registration rate 
  • Networking opportunities:  meet environmental, engineering, manufacturing, regulatory, and legal professionals from all corners of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
  • Attend and participate in talks focused on current developments in environmental science, engineering, law, and regulation.
  • Visit exhibitor booths to discover job opportunities and network with consultants, vendors, and other environmental professionals.
  • Student activities include:  the Environmental Challenge, Student Paper Competition, the Fireside Social, PNWIS Bingo, Career Panel, and more.
  • Student volunteers needed! Student volunteers will receive extra benefits.
  • Questions or interested in volunteering?  Please contact Student Programs Chairs Matt Moroney or Melody Kieneker.

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ASCE and SEAW Joint Annual Golf Tournament

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Although we are only a couple weeks away, there are still spots open for players, sponsors, and volunteers!   

ASCE and SEAW are holding a joint annual golf tournament on Friday, August 28th, 2015. The event will be held at Willows Run Golf Club on the Eagle’s Talon course. Bring your clients and colleagues for a fun afternoon of golfing, networking, and enjoying the beautiful summer weather! All the proceeds go to the SEAW and ASCE YMF. One of their main goals this year is to continue expanding the SEAW YMF network, and this is a major contributor to that goal. Help them make this tournament a success now and for many years to come.

The tournament format will be a shotgun 4-man scramble starting at 1:00 pm. A putting contest will be set up before the event, and range balls will be provided for everyone to warm up. After the tournament, there will be a dinner social, a raffle, and awards for the putting contest, teams with the lowest scores, and longest drive & closest to the pin for both men and women.

Schedule:

11:00 – 12:30 a.m.       Event check-in is open
11:30 – 12:45 p.m.       Putting contest; driving range open
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.           Golf Tournament
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.           Dinner social, award ceremony, and raffle

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Internship Opportunity in Transportation

The Cascade Bicycle Club is seeking an Intern to assist in their fall statewide bicycle and pedestrian count program. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about active transportation advocacy, working for a large non-profit organization, public sector contracts, outreach, and data collection.

The position would be 10-20 hours per week, starting mid-August and ending sometime in October (however exact dates are flexible with the intern). While the internship is not-paid, they offer easy access from the Burke-Gilman Trail, free membership for one year, and free access to their signature rides and classes.  They’ve also got as much high quality and complementary coffee and tea as you can drink – and often have free meals and snacks.  Plus they’re a fun and fantastic team!

Undergrads and grads are welcome to apply.  For more information (responsibilities, qualifications, timeline, and how to apply) visit their site here:  http://www.cascade.org/about/jobs#countintern

Interested in starting an APWA Chapter at UW?

The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership over 28,500 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals.

If you are interested in becoming an officer of the UW APWA chapter, please contact Becky​ at beckyg19@uw.edu for more information! Sign-ups for regular members will occur in the fall.

Goals:

  • Bring together the full spectrum of professionals and practitioners who serve the public through careers in public works.

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EWB Looking for Spanish Translator for Trip to Guatemala

Engineers Without Borders, UW Student Chapter, is seeking a translator for Sept. 2015 for non-profit work in Guatemala.

EWB works in low income communities all over the globe on projects that help the community. This year we have a trip planned from Sept. 6th to 25th. During this trip we will be helping with the design and construction of a community center.

We have the team ready with the design and expertise, but we have no one proficient in Spanish to help us translate and communicate with the local construction crew during our visit there. Hence we have been looking for a native Spanish speaker to join us in Guatemala this Sept. All expenses, including travel costs, lodging, food, and health insurance will be taken care of.

If this seems like a project that you’d be interested in joining, please email me at: cyndilopez6@gmail.com.

Cyndi Lopez
CEE PhD Student – Geotechnical Engineering

UW summer opportunity with Keio University students – Deadline extended 5/13

Want to get involved with international students this summer? The UW ISP Office (International Specialized Programs) is looking for friendly, responsible and outgoing UW students to take part in a specialized English language and Environmental Studies program for Keio University, one of Japan’s most prestigious universities.

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