RST Academy

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Previous quarter's events are shown below:

RST Welcome Meeting

Tuesday, October 31, 1:30- 2:30PM (UNI 100)

All RST Meeting -- Come learn about RST and reconnect with friends and mentors. We'll have free food, scholarship information, and fun demonstrations! 

Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops

How to Write Scholarship Essays

Wednesday, October 18 and 25, 1:30 – 3:00PM (LIB 219)

  • Learn from English professors how to write good essays (first Wednesday) and then get feedback on your essays (second Wednesday).

How to Get the Foundation Scholarship

Thursday, October 26, 1:30 – 3:00PM (LIB 217)

  • Get help filling out your application! This scholarship is due the end of this month.
How to Get Financial Aid Money - Tips and Strategies

Tuesday, December 5, 1:00 - 2:00pm (OLY 103)

  • There is a good chance that you qualify for thousands of dollars in free assistance - money you don't have to pay back. Come learn from a financial aid expert how you can fill out the FAFSA and what kinds of financial aid are available to Seattle Colleges students.  


Transfer Workshops

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 – 4:00PM, Jerry Brockey Building (big center rooms)

  • International Transfer Fair (many universities will have info tables)

Tuesday, October 24, 1:30 - 2:30PM, RSB 66 (TRIO/Transfer Center))

  • Personal Statement Workshop and How to Transfer. Come meet with a representative from UW Bothell for tips and tricks on successfully transferring. Snacks provided.

Tuesday, October 31, 1:30 - 2:30PM, RSB 66 (TRIO/Transfer Center)

  • Applying to Seattle Pacific University - Transfer Advice. Come meet with a representative from SPU for timely advice.  Snacks provided.

STEM Guest Speakers

Wednesday, Oct 25th, 10:30 – 11:50, OLY 103

  • James Kim will be discussing his educational journey and his work on Mitosis.  "Mitosis and Me"

Nov 30th, 7:30 – 8:50AM, OLY 103

  • Andrew Borst (UW Biochemistry) will be discussing his educational journey and his biological work with electron microscopy. "Using Cryo EM to cure disease"

Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 - 9:05AM, RAH 301

  • Maddie Smith (Applied Physics Lab, UW):  Maddie will talk about her work researching waves and wave-driven processing in the Arctic Ocean. She has recently returned from a trip to Antarctica.  

Thursday, November 30, 9:15 - 10:20AM, UNI 202

  • Kelcey Marcinko (Applied Math, UW): "Mathematical Modeling with Partial Differential Equations"  







RST Academy Events - Spring 2017

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Wednesday, April 19th – 10:00 -11:20 am, RAH 306

  • Andrew Borst will give a talk about his use of cryo electron microscopy to solve structures of proteins.

Thursday, April 20, 1:30 – 2:30pm, RAH 214

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

·       UW Engineering Discovery Days 

Tuesday, April 25, 9-10:50 am, RAH 218

  • Hannah Glover, a graduate student in the Marine Geology and Geophysics department of the School of Oceanography, will talk about her research on the Elwha River delta region as it continues to evolve following dam removal.

Tuesday, April 25 , JMB A, 1:00 - 3:00PM

Thursday, April 27, 11- 11:50 am, OLY 304



An Industrial Career Catalyzed by Chemistry

Thursday, May 4, 12 – 1pm, RAH 125

Dan Finkel will talk about his love of math.


    Monday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:00pm, OLY 206

    •  Women in High Tech Careers - Four women from Google, Michelle Duffy, Thais Melo, Veneta Angelova, and Nadia Payet, will talk about their experience working in the high tech industry. 


    Wednesday, May 10, 8 – 9:20 am, OLY 307

    • Lexi Walls will give a talk about his use of cryo electron microscopy to solve structures of proteins.

    Thursday, May 11, 1:30 – 2:30pm, UNI 100

    •  Emma Hodgson will give a talk about her research on the impact of human-caused stressors (such as fishing and ocean acidification) on ecologically and economically important species in the California Current.


    Tuesday, May 16, 11:00 – 11:50 am, RAH 301 

    ·       Kelsey Marcinko, from the Applied Math Department at the UW, will talk about modeling with partial differential equations.

    Wednesday, May 17, 12:00 – 12:50 am, LIB105 

    ·       Introduction to MATLAB Workshop - MATLAB is a computer language designed specifically for engineers and scientists and is used extensively in industry and at colleges and universities around the world.    


    Friday, May 19

    ·       UW Undergraduate Research Symposium



    Thursday, May 25, 11:00 – 11:50 am, RAH 301

    • Jacob Price -Multiscale Simulation Methods: Concepts and Applications

      The vast majority of fields involve problems that have multiple scales upon which we can focus. From physics, chemistry, and biology to numerical analysis and partial differential equations, we encounter examples of challenges that straddle multiple regimes that obey different rules. In this talk, I will motivate and describe multiscale simulations methods, which turns these modeling challenges into assets by constructing hybrid methods. The advantages will be demonstrated in a novel multiscale model for plasma simulation.

    Thursday, May 25, 4:00 - 5:30PM, RAH 312


    • Ask an Engineer Forum: Ever wonder what a day in the life of an engineer is like? Now you can ask one! Chat with engineers working in aerospace, aviation, manufacturing, & construction while enjoying a free bagel!  
    • Event Flyer
    • Forum Description


    Monday, June 5, JMB A & B

    • Academic Programs Showcase. Students are invited to participate in this year’s Academic Programs Showcase. 
    • This event celebrates our students and faculty members in their pursuit of outstanding research, scholarship and creative activities.  
    • All Academic Programs students are encouraged to contribute by sharing their culminating work with the larger campus community. 
    • A variety of presentation formats are welcome: posters, essays, artwork, poetry, etc.



    RST Academy Events - Winter 2017

    Ongoing event: Modeling Ozma's weight

    For those of you interested in math, Heidi Lyman has provided data on the weight of her new dog, Ozma, to see if you can create a model to predict Ozma's final weight. A logistic growth curve model would be an appropriate model for this problem. If you are interested, see the data in the spreadsheet below.

    Ozma weight data 


    Wednesday, March 8, 11AM - 12PM, RAH 312

    • Kelsey Maass, Applied Mathematics – Modeling and Predicting Tides Using Linear Algebra  

    Tuesday, March 7, 1PM - 5:30PM 

    • Tour of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union 


    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    • RST Scholarship Applications Due 
    • Scholarship Flyer, including information sessions

    Friday, March 3, 12pm - 3pm 

    • Tour of Google's offices in Fremont 

    Thursday, March 2, 5 - 7pm POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING QUARTER

    • Visit to the Living Computers museum:
    • Email Jake Ashcraft ( to sign up

     Thursday, February 16, 1:30 - 2:30, RAH 214

    Thursday, February 9, 12:30 - 2PM, SAM 105 (at Seattle Central College) 

    STEM Double Event - Speakers:

    ·         Dr. Erin Winterrowd, Psychology and Neuroscience – Gender and Ethnicity Representation in STEM fields

    ·         Richard Neal, Mechanical Engineering – Modernizing fluid production at breweries, dairies, etc. 

    Saturday, February 4, 10AM - 4PM, Museum of Flight

    Engineering Fair! Free Admission to the fair, separate paid admission to the Museum of Flight! Also, learn about Engineering careers and programs around Washington state. The US Navy will allow a static display of the new Boeing P8 aircraft, in the museum parking lot. (More info here: 

    Previous Quarter Events 

    RST Academy Events - Fall 2016

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

     Thursday, Oct 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm, OLY 206 

    Thursday, Oct 6, 2:00 - 3:00pm, LIB 217 (this one starts at 1:30, but please don't miss our RST meeting, see above!)

    Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 - 3:00PM, LIB 219

    • Scholarship Essays, Part One - Information on the Essentials of Writing an Effective Scholarship Essay 

    Thursday, October 13, 8:00 - 8:50AM, RAH 125

    • Dr. Arie Voorman, Gates Foundation - come hear Dr. Voorman discuss his work as a biostatistician, helping to eradicate polio from Afghanistan and Pakistan.  

    Tuesday, October 18, 1:30 - 3:00pm, LIB 219

    • Scholarship Essays, Part Two - Bring your draft essay for review 

    Friday, Oct 21, 12:30 - 3:00pm

    • Nucor Steel Tour - A tour has been organized of the Nucor Steel plant at the west end of the West Seattle Bridge. The tour through the plant shows how scrap metal is transformed into steel. There is a limit of 15 people on the tour.

    Tuesday, Nov 1, 1:00 - 2:00pm, RAH 214

    • Student Internship Panel Discussion (Flyer here)  - A summer internship is a good way to get some non-classroom experience to put on your resume and to help you find out what you like to do. There will be two company employees discussing what they expect from mentors, and two students discussing their experiences as an intern. 

     Wednesday, Nov 2, 1:00 - 2:00pm, RAH 214

    • Student Reports from the Grace Hopper Conference - Students that attended the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference will talk about what they learned at the conference. 
    Tuesday, Nov 8, 1:00 - 2:00pm, OLY 206
    • Kamil Jiwa, GoogleKamil has worked for 2 of the major tech companies, but he has interviewed with most of them and held several positions when internships are included. Kamil will talk about how the hiring process is different for these companies. He will let you know what you needs to be done to apply to one of these companies and how to prepare for an interview.    

     Monday, November 14, 1:00 - 3:00PM, OLY 206


    •  Personal Statement Workshop - Come learn how to craft an excellent personal statement from English professor Tish Lopez. This event is sponsored by the Women in STEM club and the PTK honor society.  


    Tuesday, Nov 15, 1:30 - 3:00pm, UNI 100

    • Science of Climate Change This talk will provide an interdisciplinary look at climate change from four South faculty: Tim Walsh - Environmental Science, Astrid Larsen - Psychology, Jake Ashcraft - Chemistry, and Rick Downs - Mathematics. There we will be a Q&A after the initial 1-hour presentation.

    Tuesday, Nov 29, 12:00 - 3:00pm

    • Google Tour  -  We will be touring Google's Fremont facilities and this will give you a chance to see the working environment of one of the major firms in the computer industry and find out what it is like working at Google.


     Wednesday, Nov 30, 11:00 - 11:50am






     Events from Last Year

     RST Academy Events - Spring 2016

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

    South Seattle College Poster and Project Day  

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

    Poster Information Sessions (to prepare for Poster and Project Day


    • Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 - 3:00pm in UNI 100
    • Tuesday, June 7, 10:00 - 11:00am (location to be announced) 


    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".


     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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