Welcome new and returning students to the 2020-2021 academic year

Welcome to those who are just starting at the University of Washington and welcome back to those who are returning from a hopefully restful and relaxing summer.



If you are planning to graduate in the coming academic year, please make an appointment with me right away.  I will fill out your graduation application and make sure your 2020-2021 course plan is correct. You will then approve it via email. 


We are reworking our faculty mentor program to be in line with requests made by our undergraduates this summer.  We will have something for you soon. We hope that this opportunity for greater interaction with the School’s faculty will enrich your educational experience here at the University. 

And please keep in mind that I am always available and interested to discuss with you any aspect of the School's educational program.  I am here for you, so if you need anything at all, let me know!  I am instituting zoom office hours this quarter, since I won't be in an office where you can just swing by.  Please make an appointment with me if you can't make it to my office hours.  


We have been asked to give our undergraduates more access to information regarding the department.  Here are some links which may help with that.  

Our faculty meet on the first Wednesday of every month, except during summer quarter.  The minutes of these meetings are posted here: Faculty Meetings

Since Covid started, our director, Dr. Rick Keil, has been sending out weekly emails to our community.  These emails have become a weekly newsletter and if you want to see past versions, you can find them here: Ocean Currents

All events are obviously virtual right now. You can find out more from our calendar:  Ocean Events


Here are a few more ways to be and stay connected:
-Our Student Oceanographic Society (SOS) is an oceanography student run club.  Stay tuned for information about the upcoming events!  You can email them at oceanographicsociety@gmail.com to be added to their mailing list. 

-Seadawgs: Are you interested in meeting people who love the marine environment? Want to learn more and take action to help protect our planet?

If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, you're in the right place!

SeaDawgs is a student organization that aims to bring together all those who are passionate about marine science and the environment at large.
We will have lots of fun events (both virtually and socially distanced) for you to connect with others and learn more marine fun facts.

Everyone is more than welcome to join!
If you are interested, please email seadawgs@uw.edu, so we can add you to our email listserv and answer any questions you may have.

-Underwater ROV Club: We are a marine science and engineering club that builds, designs, and operates underwater robots (ROVs) to compete in the international MATE competition!

Our ROVs are built to meet the yearly MATE competition theme, which simulates real-life challenges in marine science and technology. This year's theme includes tackling plastic pollution and ghost nets, mapping coral reefs for damage, and imaging artificial reefs.

We're looking for students interested in marine science, robotics, engineering, or business to join us for the 2020-2021 competition season. We welcome students of all skill and experience levels to apply at uwrov.org/recruitment. Applications close on Friday, October 16th at 11:59 PM.

If you'd like to learn more about UWROV and how we operate, we have a number of upcoming events for interested students.

We will also be hosting two Information Sessions on 13th. They'll consist of a short presentation with plenty of time for questions. We'll be talking about the club's objectives and structure and how you can be a part of our 2020-2021 season.
Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6:00-7:00 PM PST (Zoom)


Your own peers have put a wonderful website together for you HERE.


MICHELLE'S ZOOM OFFICE HOURS: Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm and Thursdays, 2:00-4:00pm


No passcode is necessary.  You'll be placed in a waiting room, until I am done with the person ahead of you.  




handle: uwoceanography



I need to "approve" you, but I will.  This is where I will post all the jobs I send on undertow. 

UW has purchased LinkedIn Learning for all UW faculty, students and staff.  In all your free time, go check it out.  They have great tutorials on all kinds of important skills (effective listening, communicating with confidence, prioritizing your tasks, just to name a few).





News & Events