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Save the Date: Integrated Sciences Graduation/End of Year Party, 5PM, 06/08

Please mark your calendars for the Integrated Sciences Graduation/End of Year Party, which will be held from 5:00-6:30PM on Thurs., 06/08 in the Quaternary Resource Center Library, Johnson Hall, room 377A.  This event is open to current and former Integrated Sciences students (and their guests), faculty, staff, and friends of the Integrated Sciences Program.

Cake and light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing all of you.

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WIN 2016 Course: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (INTSCI 301) – Science Education, Communication, and Policy

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Are you interested in a career in the sciences? Would you like to:

  • Explore a wide variety of careers available to students with a broad science background?
  • Network with professionals in science careers, including science education, communication, and policy?
  • Learn about successful pathways to careers in the sciences, as well as the skills required for those careers?

INTSCI 301: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (1 credit, credit/no credit)

Weekly guest speakers in INTSCI 301 expose students to a variety of possible careers and provide students with insights and tips based on their own careers. Students complete a final “field experience” consisting of a visit and an informational interview with someone working in the sciences.

INTSCI 301 is open to undergraduates at all levels who are interested in learning more about science careers.

Here is what some of our previous students had to say about the course:

“The field experience exposed me to a career I didn’t even know existed! This class should be required for all science majors. I wish I had taken it when I first came to the UW.”

“This class was a very pleasant surprise. It proved to be helpful in areas other than just exploring science careers.”

“Having guest speakers come in from different fields is really awesome and gives lots of different perspectives.”

INTSCI 301 will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Meghan Oxley, Integrated Sciences Adviser, at: what@uw.edu

WIN 2016 Course: Reflections on Undergraduate Research (INTSCI 492)

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Are you participating in undergraduate research in the biological, environmental, or physical sciences? Would you like to:

  • Demystify research culture and develop research skills?
  • Discuss research papers with a diverse community of undergraduate researchers?
  • Develop a research proposal and increase your competitiveness for research scholarships and graduate & professional programs?
  • Present your research in oral and written formats & improve your science communication skills?

INTSCI 492: Reflections on Undergraduate Research (2 credits, NW) is a discussion-based course that is designed to accompany undergraduate research experiences. Students engage in a reflective learning community with fellow undergraduate researchers to (1) learn about research culture, including mentoring relationships, (2) identify, analyze, and discuss research papers that are relevant to projects, (3) draft, comment on, and revise research proposals, and (4) present research in oral formats.

“Taking the class helped me to become a better scientist through analyzing my work more in depth, focusing on the correct questions to ask, and learning what should be said and what should be excluded in a scientific statement.”

“Through interactions with my peers, instructor, and reading materials, I gained significant insight toward understanding myself as a science communicator and the professional nuances I will face during my future in research. … I also made great progress with addressing my use of logic and organization when talking and writing about my research.”

“The most important contributor to my learning was that we were a diverse group of undergraduate researchers. We were at different stages in our research and worked in different subfields, and, because of that, we had unique perspectives on research.”

— Past Students

INTSCI 492 will meet on Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., during Winter Quarter. INTSCI 492 has no prerequisites, but students must participate in undergraduate research concurrently. For more information or to request an add code, please email the instructor at: bjb@uw.edu

WIN 2016 Course: Science in Context (INTSCI 403/HONORS 392A)

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INTSCI 403/HONORS 392A:  Science in Context (I&S/NW)
Brian Buchwitz (Biology and Integrated Sciences)
Office: Hitchcock Hall 216, Box 355320
bjb@uw.edu
Credits: 5

This course will focus on case study examinations of how science operates within broad social, political, and ethical contexts. We will consider the growth of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, the societal impact of scientific results and developed technologies, the political environment surrounding scientific practice, the ethical responsibilities of scientists, the censorship of scientific findings, the complex mechanisms for funding scientific research, and the power inherent in claims to knowledge.

The case studies will emphasize intersections among science communication, science education, science policy, and science research. Potential topics include the regulation of genetically-­modified organisms, the study of global climate change, and the teaching of evolution. Examining these cases will ask us to analyze articles from a variety of scientific and popular sources and to engage, both independently and collaboratively, in assignments, discussions, and presentations.

Required Texts:
Creating Scientific Controversies: Uncertainty and Bias in Science and Society by David Harker
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Integrated Sciences Major Winter 2016 Application Now Open!

I chose Integrated Sciences because . . . of the flexibility it offers!​Integrated Sciences Major Winter 2016 Application Now Open!

What is Integrated Sciences?

The Integrated Sciences major prepares students to apply scientific knowledge, skills, and leadership to problems in science and society. Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers and advanced degrees, including (but not limited to):

  • Middle or high school science teaching
  • Informal science education and outreach
    (e.g., at museums, aquariums, or science centers)
  • Science writing and communication
  • Science policy and law
  • Professions across the health sciences

What’s unique about Integrated Sciences?

  • Interdisciplinarity: Students build a strong foundation in multiple sciences and examine the social and ethical dimensions of science.
  • Emphasis on Science Communication and Education: We weave issues of science education and communication into all of our courses, preparing students to communicate science to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Experiential Coursework: Each student engages in an in-depth research capstone project and gains real-world work experience through our practicum course.

Students can download instructions for completing our application and the application itself from the Integrated Sciences Program website.  Applications are submitted online.

All application materials must be submitted by October 16th for entrance in Winter 2016.

Still working on completing our admission requirements?  See our website for information on future application deadlines.
Questions about the Integrated Sciences major application?  Contact Meghan Oxley, the Integrated Sciences adviser, at what@uw.edu.

AUT 2015 Courses: New INTSCI Courses – Controversies in Science & Society (INTSCI 200) and Nature of Science (INTSCI 402)

Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science? Would you like to:

  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
  • Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Baby Getting Vaccine (From CDC/Amanda Mills)Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated?

INTSCI 200 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at: bjb@uw.edu

Integrated Sciences 402: Nature of Science (5 credits, NW)

In INTSCI 402, we will focus on case study examinations of scientific methods and elements of scientific practice. For example, how do scientists construct models to represent and test our understanding of the natural world? How do scientists use data to support, falsify, or modify theories?

INTSCI 402 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: intsci@uw.edu

Integrated Sciences Major Autumn 2015 Application Now Open!

I Chose Integrated Sciences Because . . . of the Flexibility It Offers!The Integrated Sciences degree is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates planning careers in:

  • Secondary science teaching
  • Informal science education
  • Science writing and communication
  • Science policy and law
  • Many other fields!

Our major integrates:

  • Multiple perspectives from the biological, physical, and environmental sciences
  • Scientific content and the societal contexts that scientists operate within
  • Traditional coursework and experiential coursework focused on professional skill development, career exploration, and research
  • Conducting scientific research and communicating science to a variety of audiences

Students can download instructions for completing our application and the application itself from the Integrated Sciences Program website.  Applications are submitted online.

All application materials must be submitted by April 17th for entrance in Autumn 2015.

Still working on completing our admission requirements?  See our website for information on future application deadlines.

Questions about the Integrated Sciences major application?  Contact Meghan Oxley, the Integrated Sciences adviser, at what@uw.edu.