The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

Carlson Center

Where can I find a volunteer opportunity?

Take a look at the “Public Service Opportunites Bulletin” section of the Carlson Center website that contains links to search for volunteer and internship opportunities with local non-profit organizations: http://www.washington.edu/carlson/service-opportunities/

How many hours do I need to volunteer?

Service-Learning students should commit 20-40 hours during the course of the quarter (about 3-5 hours each week).

Do I need to keep track of my hours?

The Carlson Center does not require students to record their volunteer hours, however professors and organizations might require students to keep a record. Tell students it is an excellent idea to keep track of their hours even if it’s not a requirement because it can be used on their resumes!

More Service-Learning FAQs can be found here: http://www.washington.edu/carlson/service-learning-frequently-asked-questions/ 

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

General Studies 350 is a course in which students doing internships can receive credit for the concurrent learning being done while interning. To apply for General Studies 350 the student must be currently involved in an internship and have a faculty member that is willing to sponsor him/her. The application form and more information can be found here:

http://www.washington.edu/carlson/gen-st-350-internships-for-credit/

When is the General Studies 350 application due?

General Studies 350 applications are due the second week of the quarter (students that turn in their applications after this will have a late registration fee added on to their tuition statement,) refer to the UW’s academic calendar for registration deadlines:

http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/1415cal.html

Can I get credit for a summer internship I will be doing?

Yes, students doing an internship during the summer can apply for General Studies 350 and receive credit for summer quarter or fall quarter. On the General Studies 350 application the student can note which quarter he/she would like to receive credit.

Note: If the summer internship has already passed and the student did not complete a General Studies 350 application beforehand, then he/she cannot get credit for the internship. There is no retroactive credit for GEN ST 350.

Early Identification Program (EIP) & McNair Scholars Program

I am interested in going to graduate school, who can help me?

EIP is an excellent resource for students interested in graduate school preparation. If a student is interested in being involved with EIP, connect the student with Wei, Natalie, Todd, Gene, or Gabe.

Who can I talk to about EOP?

Some students get confused between EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and EIP (Early Identification Program), the EOP office is in MGH 141.

Global Opportunities

Is this the study abroad office?

No, the Study Abroad office (International Programs & Exchanges Department) is located in Schmitz 458. Drop-ins are everyday 10:00am-4:00pm. Our office assists students with finding funding opportunities for studying abroad.

Am I eligible to receive a study abroad scholarship even though I am an international student?

There may be options for you, depending on your major. The GO! Scholarship requires the student to be a WA state resident. However, the Fritz Scholarship is open to international and domestic students who are declared social science and humanities majors. Check goglobal.uw.edu for a list of eligible majors. There are also some interesting options for STEM majors. Check the OMSFA database for more options (you can search for scholarships open to international students and study abroad scholarships) and email Sara if you’d like to ask questions or set up an advising appointment.

More Global Opportunities information can be found here: http://expd.uw.edu/globalopportunities/global-opportunities

Jumpstart

Are you interested in Jumpstart?

Please refer to Jumpstart FAQ page: http://www.washington.edu/jumpstart/join-jumpstart/faq/ 

Mary Gates Endowment for Students

When is the application deadline?

Application deadlines vary for autumn and winter quarters (there is no application cycle during spring and summer quarters). Leadership applications are usually due on Monday of the fourth week of the quarter, and Research applications are usually due on Monday of the fifth week of the quarter. Current quarter deadlines, as well as dates for info sessions and application workshops, can be found on the MGE website: expd.uw.edu/mge

When will scholarships be disbursed?

Scholarships are disbursed to student accounts at the end of the second week of the quarter. Scholarship funds are then automatically transferred to the student’s personal bank account if s/he has established direct deposit, or automatically issued as a paper check and mailed. Students should check their student accounts to determine when and how the scholarships were processed.

Who is eligible for Mary Gates Scholarships?

All current UW students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree are eligible. This includes WA state residents, non-residents and international students in all majors and class years. Graduate students, non-matriculated students, or non-UW students are not eligible.

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

My son/daughter is in high school and considering attending UW, are there scholarships available?

The UW Admissions Office is the best resource for students considering applying to UW. Unfortunately, the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards does not offer scholarships to students, nor are we involved in the awarding of scholarships to incoming students. Instead, we serve as a clearinghouse of scholarship information. In this capacity, we gather information on funding opportunities for which UW students could apply. This information is available only to current UW students.

I am a current UW student, where can I find scholarships?

The OMSFA website has a database of scholarships available to current undergraduate UW students, which can be found at this link: http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search

Where do I find scholarship for graduate students?

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards has information about funding for graduate students. More information can be found on their website: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/index.shtml

UW current and admitted graduate students can also receive help to locate funding opportunities for graduate related expenses. For more information: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/services/gfis

Can I meet with a scholarship adviser?

The best way for a student to meet with an adviser is to set up an appointment through the OMSFA website’s link “Request an Appointment with a Scholarship Adviser,” which will then take you to this link: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/scholarq/82828

More OMSFA FAQs can be found here: http://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/search-for-scholarships/faqs

Pipeline Project

How do I sign up for Pipeline?

This depends on which one of Pipeline’s programs you’re thinking about signing up with. A great first step to getting involved with all Pipeline programs is checking out the Pipeline Project website. The website outlines our key programs and discusses steps for getting involved.

What is “Inner Pipeline”?

Each quarter, Pipeline offers a number of Inner Pipeline seminars that focus on a variety of education-related topics. Requirements include participating in a weekly Pipeline seminar and tutoring for at least 2.5 hours a week in the Seattle Public Schools or community organization. Seminar topics range from exploring the current K-12 world of education to arts in the schools, science, math, literacy in the justice system, and more.

How many credits can I receive for an Inner Pipeline seminar?

The number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. All Inner Pipeline seminars are offered through EDUC 401, which are practicum credits. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

  •  2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
  •  3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)
  •  4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)
  •  5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)

A student may opt to register for 1 credit if it means avoiding an additional registration fee. Students may also register for more than 5 credits.

Where will I tutor?

Each Inner Pipeline seminar is uniquely tailored to address a focused educational topic. Some seminars have a broad range of tutoring placements for you to choose from, while others offer targeted site placements to correspond with your seminar topic. After you register for a seminar, you can browse a list of potential site placements through EXPO, Pipeline’s online registration and site placement system.

How do I sign up for an Inner Pipeline seminar?

You can sign up for a Pipeline seminar via MyUW. Once you have enrolled in a seminar via MyUW, please follow the steps outlined on our Inner Pipeline page to sign up for an orientation and get started.

My Inner Pipeline seminar needs an add code. Where can I find this?

Please note that some seminars may require add codes. If an add code is necessary, contact the Pipeline Project to request one. Remember to include which seminar you would like to register for.

Do I have to attend a Pipeline orientation?

All Pipeline tutors need to complete a mandatory Pipeline orientation, except for those students enrolled in the following seminars: Higher Education Tutoring and Mentorship and Education in the Justice System. These exceptions conduct separate orientations relevant to the populations they serve.

When are your orientations and how do I sign up?

You can view orientation dates, times, and locations via our online EXPO system. Once you login, you will be directed to the schedule and can rsvp.

What if I’ve already attended a Pipeline orientation?

If you have attended an orientation in the last 2 years, you do not need to attend another one. You are all set to login to EXPO and browse the site listings.

When is the last day I can enroll in an Inner Pipeline seminar?

We cannot enroll students in Inner Pipeline seminars after the second class session has met. Enrollment after the first class has met is considered on a case-by-case basis.

If I want to volunteer and not do an Inner Pipeline seminar, how many hours do I need to volunteer for?

For volunteers, the commitment is a minimum of an hour a week.

Undergraduate Research Program

Can I speak to someone about research?

If just a quick question, feel free to check in with URP staff and we’re happy to help if available.

For advising inquiries, students who are new to research should first attend one of our URP Information Sessions if possible.

Current schedule and sign up is available at: http://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/workshops/research/

If they already attended and info session or just one more specific one-on-one advising, ask student if they are available to come in during drop-in hours.

If not available during those drop-in times, students can also set up an appointment by emailing urp@uw.edu and should provide several options (days and times) when they are available to meet.

Where can I find research opportunities?

The URP website (http://exp.washington.edu/urp/students/find/atuw.html) has a database of research opportunities which can be found at this link:

http://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/students/find/ but students should attend an info. session and advising with URP staff for more information on how search, plan, and prepare.

When is the Undergraduate Research Symposium?

How do I check out easels?

Faculty, departments, and other UW program staff may check out easels for free for the purpose of spotlighting undergraduate research. The reservation request form can be found here: http://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/mentors/easels/.

*Easel reservations typically cannot be made over the phone as we need digital documentation of the reservation.