Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

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The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) programs include:

Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center   –

The Carlson Center provides opportunities for students to engage with and learn from their communities. We help students connect with internship and volunteer opportunities through email list-serves, receive credit for internships through General Studies 350, and work with community based organizations in conjunction with their academic courses through service-learning. We offer financial support to students interested in making a commitment toward community involvement through the Students in Service AmeriCorps program and through a variety of Civic Fellowship programs that incorporate a community-based learning curriculum.

Dream Project    –

The Dream Project teaches UW students to mentor first-generation and low-income students in King County high schools as they navigate the complex college-admissions process.

Early Identification Program    –

The Early Identification Program (EIP) encourages and assists undergraduate students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enter graduate or professional school. EIP offers a variety of services and resources designed to enable students to enhance their undergraduate experience, explore various career options at the graduate level, and prepare for successful admission to and completion of graduate or professional school. EIP emphasizes undergraduate research and offers students the opportunity to present their own research at the annual conference.

Global Opportunities   –

Global Opportunities (GO!) offers advising and support for students interested in study abroad.  The program also offers two scholar­ships. The GO! Scholarship helps students with significant financial need access opportunities to study, research, and intern abroad, while the Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship provides funding for study abroad to students who are current/declared majors in the humanities and social sciences.

Jumpstart   –

Jumpstart is an early literacy program that connects UW students as tutors and mentors with 3-5 year old, low-income preschool children. College students read stories, sing songs and play games that support young children’s school readiness skills. Work on a team of 5-8 UW students in local Seattle preschools. Benefits Include: Earn work-study funds, earn a $1,175 scholarship for serving 300 hours, earn academic credit, gain valuable skills and experience, meet other UW students, and make a difference in the life of a child!

Mary Gates Endowment for Students   –

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students provides financial support to UW undergraduates from all disciplines that have exceptional promise in the areas of scholarship, research or leadership. Students may apply for scholarships to support their involvement in intensive research activities and in self-initiated projects through which they are experiencing personal growth and a greater understanding of themselves as leaders. Students awarded scholarships are named Mary Gates Scholars.

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards   –

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards helps UW undergraduates develop the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. OMSFA provides information and resources to increase student awareness of the scholar­ship search and application process via workshops, events, online resources, and individual advising. We also prepare students to compete for locally and nationally competitive scholarships including the Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman scholarships and many others.

Pipeline Project  –

The Pipeline Project connects students with educational, service, and research opportunities in local and regional K-12 schools. Such experiences provide new insights into their personal and academic lives, offer underserved K-12 students individualized tutoring and relationships with college student role models, support public school teachers in meeting their own instructional goals, and connect UW departments to the greater educational community. In addition to tutoring opportunities, the Pipeline Project offers educational seminars where students earn credit through seminars on a variety of educational topics in addition to their tutoring. Students can also participate in an Alternative Spring Break Project that connects UW undergraduates with students in rural communities of Washington.

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program   –

The Ronald E. McNair Program prepares low-income and first-generation or underrepresented students for doctoral study and whose goals are to teach and research at the college level.  McNair Scholars are involved in a number of scholarly activities which include undergraduate research, GRE Test preparation, annual conference participation, and the graduate school application process.  McNair aims to produce highly competitive graduate school applicants who have the skills and experiences necessary to obtain admission and secure funding to their choice graduate programs.

Undergraduate Research Program  –

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members in all disciplines. URP staff assists students in planning for an undergraduate research experience, identifying faculty mentors and projects, defining research goals, presenting and publishing research findings, and seeking funding for their research. URP maintains a listing of current UW research opportunities and related national programs. The Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a forum for students to present their work to the university community and the public.