The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is supported by a team of staff and students. We are happy to meet with students about any issues regarding their scholarship application and project. We are located in The Center for Experiential Learning And Diversity in Mary Gates Hall 171.
Mary Gates Endowment for Students
171 Mary Gates Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-2803
Mary Gates Endowment Staff
Janice DeCosmo, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Janice is also an affiliate faculty member in the UW's department of Earth and Space Sciences, having earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 specializing in atmosphere-ocean interaction. She has taught science at all grade levels from kindergarten through university, and more recently has focused on helping university faculty find ways to include undergraduates in their research and to integrate research into their teaching. Janice became director of Undergraduate Research Program in 2000. She is the campus representative and an elected councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and an elected member of the board of governors of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Her UW responsibilities include oversight of the Mary Gates Endowment for Students and providing leadership to the Center for Experiential Learning.
April Wilkinson, Adviser & Program Coordinator
I am thrilled to have recently joined the team in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) and Mary Gates Endowment for Students (September 2012). It is my privilege to help UW students pursue scholarly and leadership activities outside of the traditional classroom model. Working with motivated people who have true passions for their endeavors is both rewarding and inspiring. I consider it my duty to encourage every UW undergraduate to imagine themselves as a Mary Gates Scholar.
A native of southern California, I moved to Seattle in 2000. I have worked at UW since Spring 2003 as an adviser, program manager, and alumni relations/community outreach specialist. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking around Greenlake and Discovery Park, birding, music/concerts, and watching reruns of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” You might also find me in a classroom in Miller Hall while I slowly, but diligently, pursue my Master’s in education.
Finally, I’d like to share two of my favorite quotes, which generally sum up my perspective on life and guide my choices:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” -William Adams