RST Academy


Project Presentation Day, Thursday, June 11, 2015

Project Presentation Day will be held in the Brockey Center from 12 - 3pm.  This is a STEM Celebration event that is co-sponsored by the Women in STEM club. Any South student is welcome to present a poster describing a project they have worked on during the past year. For students in the RST Academy, there will be prizes for the best posters. 

Here is the list of this year's posters:  

Project Day Information

Project Day Application Form - submit your application by 5pm on Tuesday, June 9 to Rick Downs at, or drop off the application in the Academic Program Office, in UNI 101.

Here are some resources to help you design a poster:

Introduction to Designing Academic Posters (Recommended Information) 

Preparing and Presenting a Poster

Research Poster Guidelines

Poster Resources

The scoring rubrics for our poster competition:

SCORING RUBRIC: Regular Classroom Project Posters

SCORING RUBRIC: Undergraduate Research Posters:  

 RST Academy Events Spring 2015

Thursday, Apr 9, 1:00 - 1:00 PM – Jonathan Clark, the Young Chemists Committee Chair for the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society, will talk about careers in chemistry. The talk will be in UNI 100.

Tuesday, Apr 14, 7:00 - 7:50 AM – Laura Doman from Boeing, will talk about structural testing (fatigue) and the different parts of structures engineering (analysis, damage tolerance, and design).  The talk will be in UNI 2013.

Thursday, Apr 16, 1:30 - 3:30 PM – Kristina Sumner will talk about her experience in transferring to the UW and the research she did while at the UW as an undergrad and as a graduate student. She will talk also talk about the importance of having a well-blended science background since a lot of research in the sciences is interdisciplinary. The talk will be in UNI 100.

Thursday, Apr 23, 1:00 - 3:00 PM – The RST Spring Meeting will be held in UNI 100. Come and hear about the activities that are planned for Spring Quarter and give us feedback on how we can improve the RST Academy. Jake will have a couple of interesting chemistry demonstrations, and there will be free pizza. 

Friday, Apr 24 and Saturday, Apr 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM – If you are interested in Engineering, you should be sure to attend the UW Engineering Discovery Days. This is a good chance to visit engineering labs and the UW and talk to students from different departments. 

Thursday, Apr 30, 1:30 - 3:30 PM – Heidi Rockney and Kristina Sumner are offering a workshop on how to write a compelling personal essay. They will start with a lecture and  then help students with a writing exercise that can help establish a baseline for an essay that could be manipulated for use in multiple scholarship/applications. Both Heidi and Kristina have received numerous grants from their ability to write a good personal essay. The workshop will be in RAH 214.

Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Nucor Steel Tour

Friday, May 8, 12:00 - 1:00 PM – Glynda Steiner, Sr. Manager at Seattle City Light will talk about careers in Civil Engineering in UNI 203. 

Friday, May 15, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM – UW Research Symposium.

Thursday, May 21, 1:30 - 2:30 PM – Natalie Schmidt will talk about her research which explores different aspects of Pacific Northwest prairie restoration and ecology in RAH 125.  

Monday, June 8, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Meg Smith will give a talk about atmospheric chemistry in OLY 304. 

Thursday, June 11, 1:00 - 3:00 PM – Project Presentation Day will be held in JMB. Students from different STEM classes will present posters of projects they have worked on during the past year.


RST Academy Events Winter 2015 

Wednesday, Jan 7, 8:00 - 9:00 AM – Joe Lyman will talk about his pathway into biomedical engineering and potential jobs in this field (UNI 203). 

Links provided by Mr. Lyman:

Debate on FDA (***definitely watch***):

Audio version (shorter, I was told it skips some questions):

TED talk on possibly the biggest problem with research (***definitely watch***):

another TED talk, same guy

Important movement towards the sharing of data: 

Thursday, Jan 8, 1:30 - 2:30 PM -  Rachel Mitchell is a plant ecologist interested in how the diversity of life shapes communities and ecosystems. Free cookies! (UNI 100).

Monday, Jan 12, 8:00 - 9:00 AM – Doug Sanders, an engineer at K2, will talk about the design and manufacture of snowboards (RAH 125 - the Little Theater).

Wednesday, Jan 14, 1:30PM - 2:30 PM - All RST Winter Quarter meeting! Come meet professors and other students in RST, get free pizza, cookies, and drinks, and see science demonstrations! (RAH 218)

Thursday, Jan 15, 9:00AM or 11:00AM - Katie Hinde, Ph.D., is a former Seattle Central student who is now an assistant professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Come hear her story! This event is free and open to the public. Watch her talk here on YouTube. 

Friday, Jan 16, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM - RST student Amina Sheikh will be available to discuss her experience applying for and receiving the UW Summer Medical and Dental Education Program in 2014 (TRIO Tutoring Center).

Wednesday, Jan 21, 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Chris Boudreaux will talk about some of the projects he has worked on as an Electrical Engineer. Free cookies! (UNI 203)

Wednesday, Jan 28, 10 - 11AM and 12:00 - 1:00 PM - RST Test Anxiety / Strategies - Come to either one of these workshops to learn how to improve your test scores! It is part art, part science, and part preparation. This workshop has received rave reviews in the past - don't miss it! (RAH 125)  

Friday, Jan 30, 8:00 - 9:00AM - Ruanne Barnabas, from the Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington, will talk on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases (RAH 313).

Tuesday, February 3, 12:00 - 1:00PM - RST Study Skills Workshop - come learn more about research tested methods for studying! (OLY 206)

Tuesday, February 3, 1:30 - 2:30PM - Write a Great Personal Statement workshop - come prepared to look at your personal accomplishments and life story, then integrate that into a powerful personal statement (Transfer Center, RSB 66)

Tuesday, Feb 10, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM -  - Mona-Pitre Collins from the UW will discuss the Martin Achievement Scholarship in a workshop (LIB 219).  This is part of the regular Transfer Tuesdays workshops.

Wednesday, Feb 11, 9AM - 8PM  - Complete your FAFSA, win prizes, and get tax preparation help at the College Goal FAFSA and WASFA event (LIB 217 and 219)  

Thursday, Feb 12, TWO WORKSHOPS

    11:00AM - 12:00 PM - RST Personal Statement Workshop - write an excellent personal statement for transfer applications, scholarships, etc. (RAH 125) 

    1:30PM - 2:30 PM - RST Personal Statement Workshop - write an excellent personal statement for transfer applications, scholarships, etc. (UNI 100)  

Thursday, Feb 19, 1:30PM - 2:30 PM  - Heidi Rockney will talk about her undergraduate research in biology in UNI 100. Free cookies!  

 Monday, Feb 23, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM  - Nazanin Rupender will be talking about the versatility of a chemical engineering degree and how this type of a degree can be used to transition into various fields, using her own career path thus far as an example. Free cookies.

 Thursday, Feb 26, 11:00AM - 3PM  - STEM FAIR for anyone interested in learning about careers in the fields of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Technology, Engineering and Math. Come see some amazing demonstrations and see why working in STEM can be so much fun. This event is organized by the Women In STEM club and will be held in the Jerry Brockey Building B. 

Friday, Feb 27, 11:00 - 11:50 AM – Richard Fuhr, Ph.D., Mathematics, will talk about some practical (and perhaps unexpected) applications of linear algebra that are used in computer-aided design (CAD) software. (RAH 304).  Free cookies.

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2:00 - 3:30 PM – LinkedIn workshop by Dan Poux in LIB 217. 

Monday, March 9, 9:00 - 10:00AM - RST Test Taking Anxiety/Strategies - learn how to excel on exams using proven strategies (OLY 206)

Tuesday, March 24, 3:00 - 4:00PM - RST students will discuss their Data Science research projects in UNI 200.    

Other events you may be interested in:

Pacific Northwest Science Seminar Series

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