SMEA students find different ways to be active and involved at the University, SMEA, and in the greater community.

Our students are active volunteers with local marine related organizations and events, such as The Orca Bowl, the annual Seattle Aquarium Discover Science Weekend, beach clean ups, and more.

SMEA students also arrange and participate in many less formal activities.

Examples include weekly happy hours, documentary film screenings, and forming a team for the UW’s innertube basketball league. The Superhuman Dimensions, the SMEA innertube team, won the 2014 UW championship!

SMEA’s faculty value the students’ perspectives and want students to feel invested and involved, and not just in social activities.

SMEA students have been members of faculty hiring committees and curriculum reviews and redesigns, and every year students serve as class representatives to the monthly faculty meetings to provide the students body’s voice to the faculty and to bring news and information back to the students.

SMEA, as a school, actively seeks out student participation in planning school events.

Students are regularly involved in planning and carrying out the annual holiday party, Prospective Student Visit Day, and other events that arise such as alumni picnics. In May 2015, SMEA students had the first ever spring party for students from three College of the Environment units: SMEA, Oceanography, and the School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, aptly named, “Gone Fishin’ – Just For The Halibut”. As you can see, our students have a great sense of humor and like to have fun!

Formal Associations and UW Activities

Coastal Leaders At Work (CLAWs)

The SMEA students’ primary registered student organization is called Coastal Leaders At Work (or CLAWs) which is focused on “private sector, academic, and government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education.”

CLAWs hosts several professional networking events a year (“Blue Drinks”), participates in service projects, and organizes documentary film screening events to review and discuss movies related to marine and environmental affairs topics. CLAWs offers an excellent opportunity for students to engage in a professional environment and learn about potential career fields.

  • President: Neal McMillin
  • Vice-President: Matt Szymanowicz
  • Secretary: Claire Dawson
  • Treasurer: Gretchen Thuesen
  • Social Chair: Max Mossler
  • Documentary Chair: Jillian Lyles

Student Representatives

SMEA students sit on a variety of School, College and University Organizations in order to represent the interests of SMEA. Each class at SMEA gets a representative (and sometimes an alternate) for each organization. For the 2015-2016 school year, those representatives are:

Graduate & Professional Student Senate

  • David Rivera, Julie Steinberg
  • Brian Tracey

Student Representative to Faculty Meetings

  • First year representatives: Hannah Bassett, Kaylie McTiernan
  • Second year representatives: Jillian Lyles, Chris Giordano

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council

  • Chris Giordano

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