RST Academy

 RST Academy Events - Spring 2016

(this calendar is continuously updated - check back for more events!) 

Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 - 2:15PM, JMB A (Brockey Center)

  • Community Organizing - Learn about Seattle Social Justice Issues and Non-Profit careers. This event includes a short film at 12:30, followed by a panel discussion (1pm - 2pm) featuring a chemical engineer, Davis Zhen, who graduated from the University of Washington with a Chemical Engineering degree with an emphasis on Nuclear Engineering. He has been with the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 12 years working on Department of Energy Facilities radioactive air emissions. Now he’s working on Superfund cleanups. 

Thursday, April 28, 1:30 - 2:30pm, UNI 100

  • All RST Spring Quarter Meeting. Come learn about the future of RST, celebrate the successes of your fellow students, and enjoy free food and fun!

Friday, April 29, 11AM - 12PM, OLY 206 (followed by 12PM - 1PM social hour)

  • Dr. Julie Pham: From History to High Tech: How I climbed the ranks in Seattle's High Tech Industry.  Open to faculty, staff, and students at South! Come learn about Dr. Julie Pham's career in high tech, and the many career shifts before that, including business owner and Cambridge-trained historian of Vietnam. Julie is a native resident of Seattle, and earned her BA at UC Berkeley and Ph.D. at Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Pham will also be reaching out about Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) programs that give people opportunities to get jobs at local tech companies. 

Tuesday, May 3, 1:30 - 2:30PM, RSB 66 (Transfer Center)

  • Writing an Effective Personal Statement. The Personal Statement is one of the most important pieces of your transfer application, and is often required for applications to scholarships or undergraduate research programs

Wednesday, May 4, 2:00 - 3:30 PM, location UNI 100

  • Student Transfer Panel - come hear from South Seattle students who have transferred to four-year institutions

Thursday, May 5, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, location UNI 100

  • Julie Weicheld Julie Weicheld is a recent Masters of Science graduate from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.  With growing evidence of tropical diseases popping up in new places, are we at risk of a new mosquito-borne disease outbreak in Washington? Julie will share her research on how climate change and other shifts in the environment can cause disease-carrying mosquito populations to skyrocket or plummet, and how this translates to Washington's mosquito population.

Tuesday, May 17, 10 - 11AM, RAH 313

  • Robin Banner - Oceanography

Monday, May 23, 2 - 3 PM, OLY 102

  • Kamil Jiwa- Sosfware Developer at GOOGLE - PC Boot Sequence – A Walkthrough

  Synopsis: Have you ever wondered how your computer knows to boot up your operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc.)? Kamil will speak about the boot process of a PC and describe the role of the master boot record.

 Presenter: Kamil Jiwa is a student at South Seattle College and software engineer at Google. He has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys ice hockey and finishing his sentences with "eh".

Thursday, June 9, 1:00 - 3:00pm, JMB B 


 RST Academy Events Winter 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, LIB 219

Martin Scholarship Information Session - Robin Chang, Director of the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (University of Washington)

A panel of current Martin Scholarship recipients, including South students Sugar Sylvain, Sarah Phillips, and Austin Tugade, will also be present to answer questions about the process and to share strategies for success. 

 Wednesday, February 17, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, UNI 100

 Gordon Showalter will give a talk on bacterial life in sea ice from 2-3pm in UNI 100.  Gordon looks at how this life adapts to the extreme conditions of the Arctic, and how we might use our knowledge of these organisms to improve our search for life elsewhere in the universe.

 Thursday, February 18, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, OLY 200

Chris Bordeaux will give a talk about careers in Electrical Engineering. 

 Monday, February 22, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, OLY 102

 Introduction to Web Services, Part I: Kamil Jiwa, a software engineer at Google and a student at South, will give an introduction to Web Services. Web services are the foundation for today's internet. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Netflix are all essentially web service companies at their core. Here's a little secret -- these things are super easy to build! In this workshop, Kamil will present an overview of some of the technologies used to build these Web service applications and walk you through building your own web services that you can host for free. No prior experience is necessary, but some familiarity with Python and HTML will be helpful. 


 Monday, February 29, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, OLY 102

Web Services, Part II:  Kamil Jiwa, will continue with a discussion of web services and how to create your own web service. 

Friday, Mar 11, from 12-1pm in OLY 200. Ravi Kuchimanchi is a professor working in high energy physics and is currently visiting Seattle University.  The title of his talk is:   Do laws of nature treat left and right equally?

Abstract:  Depending on which way a particle spins relative to the direction of its motion, it can be classified as either left or right handed. Surprisingly it was discovered in the 1950's that the weak forces responsible for radioactivity act only on left-handed particles and not on right-handed particles. Thus it has been established that nature is not left-right symmetric at the low temperatures that the Universe has today.  However it is possible that at much higher temperatures such as at the birth of the universe, the laws of physics were symmetric and did not discriminate between left and right.  In the talk I will introduce the idea of left-right symmetry (aka parity or mirror/reflection symmetry) and show that it predicts a certain value for a fundamental parameter involving neutrinos. This parameter is going to be measured by neutrino experiments in the next 5-20 years, and it would be exciting to see whether the experimental result agrees or disagrees with the prediction.


Wednesday, Mar 23, Electroimpact Factory Tour in Mukilteo.

Electroimpact manufactures a wide range of products that include complete automation assembly systems for commercial aircraft wings, riveting machines and tools for wing panel and fuselage assembly, advanced fiber placement machines, robotic assembly systems, and spacecraft transportation equipment.  Space is limited, so be sure to let me know if you want to go on the tour. We will leave between 8:30 and 9am and return sometime between 12:30 and 1pm. For more information on Electroimpact, visit their website:





 RST Academy Events Fall 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 1:00 - 3:00PM, LIB 219  

-- STEM Mini Fair (for transfer students) -Come meet with admissions advisors from UW Tacoma, UW Bothell, Seattle U, CWU & WSU Tri-Cities. Free food!

Friday, Nov 6, 10:00 - 12:00 PM

– Find out about what you need to transfer to a university by attending the Fall Transfer Fair. The fair will be held in the University Building Lobby.  

 Monday, Nov 9, 3:00 - 4:00 PM 

– Five South students will report on what they learned while attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, Oct 14 -16.  The session will be in OLY 105 and cookies will be available.

 Tuesday, Nov 10, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

- Write a Great Personal Statement! Come prepared to look at your personal accomplishments and life story, then integrate that into a powerful Personal Statement.  Location: RS 66.

 Tuesday, Nov 17, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

 -STEM Pathways Mini-Fair! - Meet advisors from local 4-year schools offering a variety of pathways in different STEM fields.Learn how your degree from South can help move you to the next level! Location: TBD

 Thursday, Nov 19, 11:30AM - 2:00 PM 

– Get help completing your 2015-2016 FAFSA/WASFA application, which is required for all kinds of financial aid and scholarships. The workshop will be held in Library 217. 

Monday, Nov 30, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

 -Martin Shelton - Biologist Martin works at the Institute for Systems Biology and will discuss some of the research he is working on and the importance of approaching problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Room to be determined. 



 Thursday, Dec 3, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM 

– Learn about valuable resources and tools to help you find and apply for scholarships. The workshop will be held in Library 217. 

 Friday, Dec 4, 12:00 - 3:00 PM 

– STEM Fair - Find out the variety of careers that are offered by a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The STEM fair is sponsored by Women In STEM and the RST Academy and it will be held in the Jerry Brockey Center. Snacks will be available. 

Wednesday, Dec  9, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 -Hillary Stibbard, Civil Engineer with the City of Bellevue OLY 202.  


Other events you may be interested in:

Pacific Northwest Science Seminar Series

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