Luce Scholars Program

UW application deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2014          

UW application and nomination information are available at:

Graduating seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students at UW are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no prior experience in, or education about, Asian countries to add this valuable perspective to their future career interests!

The UW is able to nominate 3 students per year to compete nationally for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

During the current application cycle for the 2015-16 program, applicants must be American citizens who, by July 1, 2015, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. (Eligibility criteria are set by the Henry Luce Foundation; additional details are provided in the Program Summary below.)

Luce Scholars Program Advisers at UW:

For graduate students or alumni – Marilyn Gray,, G-1 Communications

For undergraduate students or alumni – Robin Chang,, 171 Mary Gates Hall


Program Summary:

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. Past placements have included an architect’s atelier in Tokyo; a public health program in Banda Aceh; a Gobi regional initiative in Ulaanbaatar; a dance theatre in Kuala Lumpur; an agricultural and environmental center in Hanoi; a human rights commission in Seoul; a pediatric hospital in Bangkok; a TV network in Beijing; a national museum in Siem Reap; an international arbitration centre in Singapore; and English-language newspapers, local governmental agencies and NGOs in diverse fields throughout East and Southeast Asia.

Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

UW’s recent Luce Scholars:

2013 UW graduate Genevieve Gebhart was selected in 2013 and spent 2013-14 in Laos as a Luce Scholar. Read the UAA article and Q&A with Gennie at

2010 UW graduate Jesse Burk-Rafel was selected as a Luce Scholar in 2010 and spent 2010-2011 in Mongolia under the program. Read the UW News article about Jesse at

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Call for Abstracts – Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium

The UnderLings, the undergraduate linguistics association of Cornell
University, requests abstract submissions for the 8th annual Cornell
Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium.

The Colloquium will take place April 25th-27th, 2014. We encourage
submissions at all levels in a variety of subfields of linguistics,
including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, historical
linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.
Applicants pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree are invited to
submit a one-page abstract for a talk of no more than twenty minutes in
length or for a poster presentation at our poster session. Abstracts should
be submitted to by March 10th. Please indicate whether you
would like to be considered for a talk, for the poster session or for both.
Submitters will be notified by March 17th whether the abstract was accepted
or rejected.

There is a probability that the conference proceedings will be published
afterward, most likely in an online, widely-accessible format. More
information about the Colloquium may be found at the following website:

Please direct any questions or concerns to

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Bicknell Fund for Academic Travel

The Bicknell Fund, established by Professor Emeritus Daniel C. Waugh and administered by the History Department, provides travel aid for students who intend to study the languages and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in formal language study programs, but under rare circumstances students with other travel plans may be considered. Upon return, the student will be required to provide documentation on their course of study, i.e. a certificate of completion from the language program, as well as a short (1-3 page) description of their experience.

The deadline for this application is Friday, March 14, 2014 by 5:00pm. 

 Directions and links to apply are found here:

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Library Research Award for Undergraduates

Call for UW Undergrad Papers & Projects

  • What? The UW Libraries Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects that demonstrate a creative use of scholarly materials.
  • Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.
  • When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 19, 2013, by 5:00pm PST.
  • Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.
  • Questions? Send them to
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Dear Undergraduates in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,

The Undergraduate Research Program is pleased to announce that we’re now
accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Institute in the Arts &
Humanities (SIAH)!  (Application deadline: March 14)

This year’s theme is Native Modernities: Histories, Politics, and Arts of

In this year’s Summer Institute students will explore rich histories of
Native struggles, contemporary (trans)national Indigenous social movements,
and repertoires of decolonizing artistic, cultural, and intellectual

2014 Teaching Team:

- Maria Elena Garcia, Associate Professor, Comparative History of Ideas and
Jackson School of International Studies
– Jose Antonio (Tony) Lucero, Associate Professor, Jackson School of
International Studies
– Dian Million (Athabascan), Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
and Canadian Studies
– Annie Dwyer, Doctoral Candidate, English

Eligibility: UW (Bothell, Seattle, & Tacoma) undergraduate students in good
academic standing who are interested in an intensive experience in scholarly
research in the arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

SIAH selects and supports 20 undergraduates to engage in intensive research
projects under the guidance of four interdisciplinary instructors. Selected
students are named Mary Gates Scholars and receive a Mary Gates Research
Scholarship of $4,000 to help defray the costs of participation.
Participants enroll in 12 academic credits for this full-time research
immersion experience.

Summer Institute Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, February 13 – 4:30-5:30 pm  (this week!)
Thursday, February 27 – 4:30-5:30 pm
Monday, March 3 – 12:30-1:30 pm

All sessions will be held in Mary Gates Hall 171.  Register
For more information:  Questions?: Contact the
Undergraduate Research Program at

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Present your research at the 3rd annual Linguistics Department Undergraduate Research Colloquium!

We are planning to have our 3rd Annual Linguistics Department Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Friday, March 7th.  This is your opportunity to present your research to a group of your linguistics peers, graduate students, and faculty!  Students who have worked on their own projects as well as those who worked with faculty on linguistics research within or outside of the Linguistics Department are invited to participate.  The format will be similar to a linguistics conference, with time for verbal presentations and a poster presentation session.

Please note that you don’t need to have your project 100% complete to present your work – even if you haven’t completed your analysis, you can discuss your research question(s), hypotheses, methods, initial results, etc.  You also don’t necessarily have to be registered for LING 499 for research to present – in the past, we’ve had some students give very interesting presentations on the work they were doing for one of their classes. Conference presentations look great on a resume or CV, so presenting your research is also a great way to improve your chances of finding a job or getting into graduate school.

If you are interested in participating in the colloquium with either a poster or verbal presentation, please email me your interest by Sunday, February 2ndat  There are limited verbal presentation slots and these are first come first serve, so please let me know as soon as possible if you would prefer a verbal presentation.


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Teach For America Upcoming Deadline (1/24)



Fourth Application Deadline: Friday, January 24

Learn how to apply and review the application timeline here.

Start your application here!

 On-Campus Events this Quarter

Event Date Time Location
Teach For America Application Workshop Tuesday, 1/21 4:30-6:00pm SAV 155
Post-Grad Service Panel with Americorps, City Year, Peace Corps and Teach For America Wednesday, 1/22 6:00-7:30pm SMI 205

What’s the advantage of applying to at the 1/24 deadline as opposed to the 2/20 deadline?

  • Higher chances of being admitted to your top choice region
  • More access to transitional funding
  • More time to prepare for your future students (if you wait until the last deadline, you won’t confirm your offer to TFA until April 1 – that’s just about two months before you would have to leave for your induction!)

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.

 The Basics and Benefits:

  • All academic majors and backgrounds accepted.
  • Regional placement is not random; applicants preference location in our 48 regions.
  • All grade levels (preK-12) and subjects including ELL and SpEd.
  • Salary ranging from $25,500-$51,000 a year with health insurance and retirement benefits.
  • Possible Americorps Education Award of $11,100 and loan deferment/forbearance.
  • Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching.
  • Graduate school and employer partnerships for alum to continue their leadership and impact.
  • DACA recipients are eligible to apply to TFA. Learn more here.

For additional information, explore our website and youtube channel or contact Katherine Kleitsch at


Check out this BuzzFeed for who from UW should apply for TFA!

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