CHID Community News and Achievements

Submitted by Suzanne St Peter on

To celebrate the many accomplishments of CHIDdies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—we have compiled below just a sampling of recent honors and news items.

Do you have news that you want to share with your CHID community? An award or recognition? A great gig? Going to grad school? Life event to share? Let us know – send a short description and any web links to administrator Suzanne St Peter, We want to hear from you!


In recognition of her exemplary undergraduate research, current History graduate student, CHID/History double major, and American Indian Studies minor Jennifer Smith (’16), received the 2016 UW College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal in the Humanities. She has also been profiled in the College’s Perspectives newsletter and in an inspiring video featuring her children (and pug!):

  • Dean’s Medal WINNER, Jennifer Smith – CHID’s website post, including Jennifer’s description of her research and advice to other students seeking to engage in undergraduate research.
  • From Racehorses to Research – an interview with Nancy Joseph, UW College of Arts & Sciences Director of Publications, in the College’s Perspectives newsletter.
  • Jennifer Smith: Undaunted Undergraduate Researcher – a short video where Jennifer provides a bit of her life story, shares her interest in research, and describes the scholarship support she received along the way to graduating in June 2016.

CHID minor Mayowa Aina (’17), majoring in International Studies and Informatics with a second minor in Music, is one of six students selected to highlight the UW’s Be Boundless for Washington fundraising campaign. Read about her dreams and passions and listen to an excerpt of her submission to the audio project, Letters from Young Activists:

UW student Halle Friedland (’17), who traveled on a CHID-sponsored study abroad program this past Winter Quarter, published her insights in a UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies article:

Anu Taranath, CHID Senior Lecturer, along with the students who took part in her Summer 2016 LGBTQ Communities and Change in Mexico City study abroad program, created a collection of the students’ reflections on gender and sexuality in relation to studying abroad:

CHID Acting Director and Associate Professor Phillip Thurtle recently wrote about wings and talked about blackberries, just two of his many intriguing and enlightening areas of expertise:

CHID Alum Natalie Parrish (’14), Product Marketing Manager at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, was profiled in Flipboard’s MagMaker Blog, which highlights “people who create awesome Flipboard magazines” (such as Natalie’s Hoover Institution mag):

And Nicole Brodeur, Columnist for The Seattle Times, talked with CHID Alum Valerie Trask (’05), Entrepreneur and Executive Coaching + Consulting, about her mission to engage more women in the local startup culture: