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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 applications and projects. 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
Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2803
Phone: (206)-616-3925
Fax: 206-616-4389

Mary Gates Endowment Staff


Janice DeCosmo, Director and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, 206-616-7175

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. After serving many years as the director of the Undergraduate Research Program, Janice became Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research in 2014. 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 & Diversity.



April Wilkinson, Assistant Director, 206-616-3925

I am thrilled to be part of the team in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) and Mary Gates Endowment for Students. 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 and friends, getting outdoors, music and concerts, and attempting to improve my gluten-free cooking skills. I completed an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UW in 2014.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

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