Student Achievements

2017 UW Tacoma President's Medal

Taylor Jones, BA Sustainable Urban Development, & Communication (2017)

Each year the UW Tacoma President’s Medalist is selected from graduating seniors with the most distinguished academic record. The medalist is recognized during the Commencement Ceremony in on June 14.  Candidates, one from each UW campus, must be in the top 2% of the graduating class in their academic program and have either graduated (in autumn or winter quarter) or submitted a graduation application to graduate (in spring or summer quarter) during the respective academic year.  This year, the 2017 President’s Medalist is Taylor Jones. Taylor will receive a B.A. with a double-major in Sustainable Urban Development and Communication, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. She transferred to UW Tacoma from Evergreen State College. While at UWT, she led several student organizations, participated in the revitalization of the campus community garden, served on the campus sustainability committee, and helped the City of Tacoma develop a report of manufacturing trends and an inventory of industrial lands. Read the full Tacoma Weekly article here.


Husky 100: A Tri-Campus Award

Ricky Clousing, BA in Sustainable Urban Development (2016)

The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW.  Excelling both inside and outside the classroom at UW Tacoma, Ricky has demonstrated a discovery mindset and capacity for leadership that has not gone unnoticed. A multiple dean’s list recipient and officer of CIVITAS and Project Earth, he has remained active on campus while raising a family. He is interested in how ecological design can influence urban planning and as a student traveled to Portland, Detroit and New York City to learn how cities are leading the way in climate action. Learn more about the Husky 100.


NSF I-Corps grant winner

Korey Padilla, BA Urban Studies (2016)

Padilla and his team received the grant for their mobile app. The program based functions as a kind of photo-based review system. Users will be able to view and save geotagged pictures of business cards and use a map to see which is closest. "Recieving this grant is really exciting.  It means a group of people at CoMotion, the Buerk Entrepreneurial Center [ part of UW Seattle's Foster School of Business], and NSF thought we had a pretty good idea and that it was worth investing some resources for customer research and development," said Padilla.  Read the full article.

2015 GIS-PRO Student Competition Winner

Matt Seto, UW Tacoma Urban Studies, GIS Certificate graduate (2015) and UW Tacoma Computer Science major

Matt's GIS Certificate research project was chosen as the top undergraduate GIS project of the year at the annual Washington Urban and Regional Information Systems Association  (WAURISA) conferenceconference held in Spokane, WA in October 2015.

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2015 Udall Scholar

Faith Ramos (Sustainable Urban Development, BA ’16)

UW Tacoma's first ever Udall Scholar has been awarded to Faith Ramos.  She’s one of only 50 students nationally to receive this honor. Faith worked for fifteen years in arts and other non-profits before coming to UW Tacoma, including for National Parks programs that bring economically disadvantaged youth to the parks.  She also has a strong background in filmmaking and singlehandedly produced, shot, edited, and narrated the documentary “Heart & Sold,” which addresses gentrification in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.

She is currently an Urban Forestry intern for the City of Seattle and hopes to work on environmental justice issues long-term. As an undergraduate researcher, Faith is examining the links between urban forests and human health. Her research is guided by Drs. Matthew Kelley and Linda Ishem.


The Udall Scholarship awards 50 scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.  The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.  (April 2015)

2015 Bonderman Fellow

Kevin Bogue (Sustainable Urban Development, BA ‘15)

Kevin has a strong interest in the construction, environmental stewardship, and continued development of urban centers. As a Bonderman Fellow, he plans to explore an array of urban environments throughout Southeast Asia, Turkey, as well as Southern and Eastern Europe.

He hopes to return from his excursion with new and exciting ideas about how to better serve his community’s social, economic, and environmental needs through more sustainable approaches to urban planning and development.


The Bonderman Travel Fellowship provides $20,000 to fourteen UW students every year for eight months of solo travel to at least six different countries in two main world regions. Visit the Bonderman website or contact Cindy Schaarschmidt, Director, Student Fellowships & Awards for more information. (April 2015)

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