Beinecke Scholarship for juniors in arts, humanities & social science fields

UW application deadline: Jan. 12, 2015, 11:59pm

UW application information and online application form:


The Beinecke Scholarship provides $34,000 for graduate study in arts, humanities and social science fields to juniors (based on graduation date) of exceptional ability, achievement, and who have financial need. Students must be nominated to compete for this scholarship, and the UW is allowed to nominate one student per year to compete for this national award. Students from all 3 campuses are welcome to apply for nomination.


If you are considering graduate studies in an arts, humanities or social science field, have a passion for that field, and financial need, consider applying! The Beinecke Scholarship program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.


To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2014-2015 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2015 and August 2016.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
  • Please note some exceptions the Beinecke Foundation makes in terms of fields of study: Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship. Also, students who plan to pursue graduate study in professional programs (law school, business school, etc.) should not apply.
  • Be a United States citizen; OR a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.


To learn more about this opportunity and the UW application and nomination process, please attend a Beinecke Scholarship Information Session:

  • Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014, 4:30 – 5:20 pm, 173R MGH (inside MGH 171)
  • Tues., Nov. 18, 2014, 3:30 – 4:20pm, 173R MGH
  • Wed., Dec. 3, 2014, 12:30 – 1:20pm, 173R MGH
  • RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are always welcome.


The UW application process for those seeking nomination is open now and the deadline for submission will be January 12, 2015. Details and the UW application are at

Please feel free to contact Robin Chang in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (, 206-543-2603, MGH 171) with questions or concerns.


UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students are encouraged to take advantage of the scholarship advising offices on those campuses:

  • UW Bothell – contact Erin Hitzemann at
  • UW Tacoma – contact Cindy Schaarschmidt at UW Tacoma information session: Dec 3 at 12:30pm. Location for this session is TBA, so email Cindy to learn more.
Posted in Funding, Grad School, Scholarships

The 34th UW/MS Symposium in Computational Linguistics

Microsoft Research and University of Washington

Time: 3:30-5PM, Fri 11/14/2014

Location: Miller 301 at UW (Go to and search for “Miller”)

Come take advantage of this opportunity to connect with the computational
linguistics community at Microsoft and the University of Washington. This
is a regular opportunity for computational linguists at the University of
Washington and at Microsoft to discuss topics in the field and to connect
in a friendly informal atmosphere. We will have two talks (see below),
followed by informal mingling.


Natural Language Semantics by Combining Logical and Distributional Methods using Probabilistic Logic

Raymond J. Mooney,  UT Austin / Microsoft Research

Traditional logical approaches to semantics and newer distributional or
vector space approaches have complementary strengths and weaknesses.We have
developed methods that integrate logical and distributional models by using
a CCG-based parser to produce a detailed logical form for each sentence,
and combining the result with soft inference rules derived from
distributional semantics that connect the meanings of their component words
and phrases. For recognizing textual entailment (RTE) we use Markov Logic
Networks (MLNs) to combine these representations and we present results on
standard corpora emphasizing the advantages of combining logical structure
of sentences with statistical knowledge mined from large corpora.

Raymond J. Mooney is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at
the University of Texas at Austin, but currently on leave at Microsoft
Research. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at
Urbana/Champaign. He is an author of over 150 published research papers,
primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing.
He was the President of the International Machine Learning Society from
2008-2011, program co-chair for AAAI 2006, general chair for HLT-EMNLP
2005, and co-chair for ICML 1990. He is a Fellow of the American
Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing
Machinery, and the recipient of best paper awards from AAAI-96, KDD-04,
ICML-05 and ACL-07.


Combined Distributional and Logical Semantics

Mike Lewis, UW CSE / Allen Institute for AI

I will describe a new approach to semantics, which combines the benefits of
formal semantics and distributional approaches. Formal semantics offers an
elegant account of composition and logical operators, but typically shows
low recall due to inadequate models of lexical semantics. Conversely,
distributional semantics has been successful in describing the meanings of
content words, but it is unclear how to effectively represent composition
and function words in a vector space. I will introduce a model which
closely follows formal semantics, except that content words are represented
with distributional cluster-identifiers. I will show that it is capable of
both complex multi-sentence first-order inferences, while improving
performance on a question-answering task. I will then describe a
semi-supervised extension for building a richer lexical semantics.

Mike Lewis is a postdoc at the University of Washington and Allen AI,
working with Luke Zettlemoyer and Oren Etzioni. Previously, he completed a
PhD at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Mark Steedman, and has a
Masters degree from Oxford University. He is interested in wide coverage
semantic and syntactic parsing, particularly in methods combining
Combinatory Categorical Grammar with unsupervised or semi-supervised

Posted in Academic Talks, Events

UW Linguistics Colloquium this Friday 11/17

Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium
Friday, 11/7/14
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Miller 301

Speaker: Scott L. Montgomery
Affiliate Faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies

Abstract: English, as we’ve often heard, has become a global language.
Nowhere, however, has this advanced as far as in the natural sciences, where
English dominates the international dimension at every level. The reality,
in fact, brings forward a number of issues and questions. First, what
indicators convince us this has truly happened? Second, what unique
linguistic phenomena have emerged as a result? Third, what advantages and
disadvantages does it have, for science, for other languages, and for
individual speakers? Fourth, is there a geopolitical dimension involved,
e.g. is the status of English wholly tied to the status of the U.S.? Fifth,
and finally, does history provide any guide to what we might expect in the
near future? Answering these questions is necessary before we can understand
this new era in scientific communication and what it suggests with regard to
language policies and education around the world.

Posted in Academic Talks

Bonderman Travel Fellowship

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2015 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. It 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. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below.

David Bonderman – the donor – wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.


All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2015; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2015. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 12, 2015.

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at:

Posted in Funding, Research, Study Abroad

Government Career Fair – October 29th

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Don’t miss the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center. We are offering you a great opportunity of interacting and connecting with government employers looking to recruit Huskies for part-time, full-time and internship opportunities. Bring your resumes, dress to impress, and come join us!

Government Career Fair

Wednesday, October 29th, 2-5pm

Mary Gates Commons

Open to all students and alumni from all 3 campuses.

Posted in Careers

Donald M. Payne International Developement Graduate Fellowship

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

The USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.  Attached is a brief paragraph describing the program below, as well as their flyer and brochure.  Applications with all materials and recommendations must be submitted by 11:59PM on Tuesday , January 20, 2015 to be considered for this year’s award.

2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The application deadline is January 20, 2015

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides:

  • Benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree,
  • Arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and
  • Provides professional development and support activities.

Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.

Applicants must be:

  • College seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply,
  • Have GPAs of at least 3.2 and
  • Must be U.S. citizens.

The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.orgThe application deadline is January 20, 2015.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

Number of Fellowships Offered:  5

Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2015

Online Application Opens:  October 14, 2014

Application Deadline:  January 20, 2015 – Finalists selected by the end of February – Fellows selected by mid-March



Tessa Henry, Program Officer

USAID Donald M. Payne Int’l Development Program; 202-806-4367, (877) 633-0002

Office: (202) 806-5952

Posted in Careers, Funding, Grad School, Jobs, Research

Teach For America Autumn Deadline


Start your application:

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America.  These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities.  Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

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What is Teach For America: Video

The Basics and Benefits of Teach For America:

  •        All academic majors and backgrounds
    · Salary ranging from $25,500-$51,000 a year with health insurance and retirement benefits
    ·         Graduate school and employer partnerships for alum to continue their leadership and impact
    ·         Regional placement is not random; applicants preference location in our 50 regions
    ·         All grade levels (preK-12) and subjects including ELL and SpEd
    ·         Possible AmeriCorps Education Award of $11,100 and loan deferment/forbearance
    ·         Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching
    ·         DACA recipients are eligible to apply. Learn more here.


For additional information, explore our website and youtube channel or contact UW’s Manager of Recruitment, Sean Rice (

Posted in Careers, Funding, Jobs, Service & Community