The Student Experience
Being a UW engineering student means a lot of work and studying, but it also means getting real-world experience in research, student organizations and competitions, co-op jobs or internships, and building relationships with peers and with industry.
Here are some of the ways to gain those important experiences:
Prepare for college-level courses with the WiSE UP Summer Bridge program for incoming freshmen in science and engineering.
The STARS Program provides highly motivated students who are eligible for financial aid with a specialized first-year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation.
Academic, cultural, and social student diversity programs offer great ways to gain experience, learn outside the classroom, and make connections that will last long after college.
- Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP)
- Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships (PEERs) |
- Society of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS) |
- Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) |
- Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) |
Live with Your Engineering Peers
Engineering Community is several floors of McCarty Hall reserved for freshman and sophomore engineering students. Residents can go to classes and study together, buy books from each other, commiserate over tough courses, and find time to play games and relax.
Indulge Your Competitive Streak — Or Develop One
Student Competitions offer opportunities to do hands-on work in a public forum. These events are often sponsored by professional organizations, corporations or government programs. The work can be hard, but very rewarding, as stated by students working on the EcoCar3 Challenge.
Participate in Undergraduate Research
Students get to work alongside world-class faculty through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Work in Industry and Get Course Credit
Get Started as an Entrepreneur
Participants in the Environmental Innovation Challenge and Business Plan Competition demonstrate their ideas for innovative solutions and compete for awards to bring those innovations to life and to market.
The senior design (or "capstone") project is the culmination of undergraduate engineering study where students solve real-world problems while building skills in project management, teamwork, flexibility, and open-ended thinking.
Travel the World
With a the engineering Study Abroad program, students can get a broader perspective of the world and expose themselves to different cultures while staying on track with their studies.