Celebrate Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, February 1st
4:30-6 p.m, UW1 second floor vista

Please join Chancellor Chan at an informal reception next week as we learn more about the research of the first cohort of UW Bothell Undergraduate Research awardees.

UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Awards made possible through the UW Bothell Founders Endowment

Elliott Church, "Invasive English Holly in St. Edwards Park for science and native biodiversity" (Prof David Stokes, IAS)
Bronte Cole, "Effects of Valerian on Planaria" (Prof Bryan White)
Hannah Van Eenoo, "Communication Link for Hyper-threaded, networked multi-agent spatial simulation library" (Prof Munehiro Fukuda)
Mitchell Erickson, "Using Computing Tools to Enhance Online Instruction" (Prof Mark Kochanski)
Mahala Lettvin, "Remembering Trauma: Women's Roles" (Prof Julie Shayne)
Shawn Friang, "Unequal Distributions: Waste Facilities and Wind Farms in Northeast Oregon" (Prof Gwen Ottinger, IAS)
Erich Freywald, "Organizing the SPOT: Negotiating and Intervening in the Production of Student Space" (Prof Ben Gardner, IAS)
Camilla Misa, "The Science of Interactive Learning Through Blogs" (Prof Bryan White)
Jebediah Pavleas, "Kinect Math"(Prof Kelvin Sung, CSS)
Pamela Williams, "Initiating an Environmental Interpretation Program at North Creek Wetlands" (Prof Warren Gold, IAS)

Special thanks to Professors Hazeline Asuncion, Surya Pathak and Linda Watts who reviewed the applications and assisted the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee (Sarah Leadley, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, David Goldstein, Marc Servetnick, Bryan White, Carolyn Brennan) in selecting the 10 recipients of the UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Awards in a very competitive process.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

UW Bothell Mary Gates Research Scholars,
Autumn 2011

Congratulations to Christopher McRae and Ronnie Thibault, who were both selected as Mary Gates Research Scholars. They are the first UW Bothell undergraduates to receive this prestigious and highly competitive award.

Mary Gates Research Scholarships are intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty.Students receive research scholarships to pursue research in a variety of disciplines.

Christopher McRae

Christopher McRae, "Building a Supportive Learning Community: Developing Best Practices for Veterans in Higher Education"

Mentor: Eric Stewart, Assistant Professor, IAS

It is estimated that up to 44 percent of our veterans are coming home with PTSD. It’s also speculated that these things go underreported due to military culture. Adding to these alarming numbers is the fact that the DOD is not equipped to train soldiers how to be civilians again. In the absence of this training Chris’s research seeks to understand how veterans adjust specifically to academic culture. In pursuit of this he will seek to understand how combat trauma disorders, military culture, academic culture, and university policy all interact to affect veterans. As Chris sums up this piece of public scholarship can "help veterans in the short and long term as they face the blessings and the challenges of coming home."

Ronnie Thibault

Ronnie Thibault, "Can Autistics Redefine Autism? The Cultural Politics of Autistic Activism"

Mentor: Ben Gardner, IAS

The autistic experience, up until this point, has been contextualized by diagnostic categories of difference, constructed by physicians, psychologist, neurologist, educators and service providers. However there is an international community of autistics, The NeuroDiversity Movement, who are striving for self-determination. This particular population of autistics asserts to truly represent the autistic experience. In this way a group of adult autistics are challenging the common framing of autism and shifting the contemporary autism debate. Ronnie’s recently funded research, broadly speaking, investigates the culture of autistics in the NeuroDiversity Movement and their commitment to reversing public stigma surrounding autism. Her work stresses the validity of understanding the autistic experience; as a research strategy it works to challenge current autistic representations. Ronnie’s research will bring public scholarship to the process and the way in which the NeuroDiversity Movement is challenging traditional representations of autism.