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Microbiology Committee Forms

Rotation Guide

Topic Exam Rubric

Topic Exam Report

General Exam Report

Committee Meeting Guidelines

Annual Thesis Committee Meeting Report

Guidelines for 2nd and 3rd year students

Mental Health Resources

UW offers comprehensive mental health services on campus, as well as access to 24 Mental health hotlines, group counseling, workshops, meditation and mindfulness, psychiatric medication and walk in services (many offered remotely during COVID-19 pandemic)

You can see the wide range of UW services available to you at the UW Well Being Website

See here for a guide to resources and supplemental tools available through the UW Counseling Center (including non-UW apps, meditations, toolkits, etc) 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

(for an extended list of resources please see the Diversity Tab)

GSEE The Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence provides leadership and advocacy to achieve equitable representation, access and success for graduate students of color at the University of Washington.

The Outreaching Grads (OG) Program A comprehensive and collaborative outreach and recruitment tri-campus program housed in GO-MAP of the Graduate School.

Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity The CCDE strives to be a space where our community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather to promote greater equity. Through research collaborations, networking opportunities, action-oriented classes, mentorship programs, and community events we engage in dialogue to think critically about race and its intersections, to interrupt privilege, and ultimately to change the structures of power around us.


See the list of Previous Award Winners


Stanley Falkow was a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington from 1972 until 1981. He is widely recognized as one of the earliest contributors to the use of molecular methods to study bacterial pathogenesis. The Stanley Falkow fund was first established by Dr. Pete Greenberg and later added to by other friends and colleagues of Dr. Falkow. This fund supports research or research-related travel for graduate students in the UW Department of Microbiology. Applications for this award are typically opened in early July with a late August application deadline. Application submission requirements include: a short description of plans, how the award will enhance the applicant's research program, and estimated costs. Only current Microbiology Department Graduate Students are eligible to apply. The Falkow Award Committee will review applications and select a recipient to be announced at the Department of Microbiology Annual Retreat.


This award honors the memory of Dr. Neal Groman who was a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington from 1950 until his retirement in 1989.  In recognition of his dedication to teaching and scholarship, this award is made annually to recognize graduate student instructors for excellence in teaching and to support the annual Neal Groman Lecture. All Microbiology Graduate Students who have been a TA in the last Academic Year are eligible and automatically submitted for consideration. The Award Committee will meet each summer and select a recipient to be announced at the Department of Microbiology Annual Retreat.


The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Fellowship was established in 1991 by her husband, UW Professor Emeritus Arthur Whiteley (deceased), and her friends to honor her academic and research achievements. Dr. Helen R. Whiteley was a distinguished member of the faculty of the Department of Microbiology in the School of Medicine for almost 40 years. The purpose of the Whiteley Fellowship is to provide financial support to deserving graduate students in the doctoral program of the Department of Microbiology.

The Whiteley Award Committee is charged with identifying an outstanding Ph.D. student in microbiology who will graduate in the next academic year. MCB students working in microbiology labs are also eligible to be nominated. The primary selection criterion for this award is the nominee’s research accomplishments. Other factors include participation in and contributions to the Department’s various activities. Faculty mentors, please consider nominating a senior graduate student either in your lab or in another lab for this prestigious award. Submit the nomination and complete packet of supporting materials electronically to the Graduate Program Advisor (  by Tuesday, 8/15. The recipient will be announced at the Department of Microbiology Annual Retreat. Nomination Requirements:

1) A letter stating why you are nominating the student for the Whiteley Fellowship. This letter should include a description of their research project, the nominee’s research initiative and independence, the significance of their research accomplishment(s), and a list of publications resulting from the research. The contributions that the student has made to the department, especially in the area of teaching, should also be noted.

2) Additional letters of recommendation supporting the nomination. The nominee’s advisor should select a member of the dissertation committee to write a letter of support. The nominee may also solicit a third letter of support.

3) A copy of the student’s CV and reprints of publications.

4) In order to be eligible, students must complete their graduate studies by Summer Quarter of the following Academic Year

Funding Opportunities

GPSS Diversity Funding: Funds for Registered Student Organizations and Departments working on diversity at the UW Campus.

mim_c Trainee Program: The UW Microbial Interactions & Microbiome Center offers a research award for trainees engaged in microbiome-related research. This program seeks to build community and intellectual support amongst UW trainees through research funding and regular interactions with peers.

Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Training Grant: This training program links students from various graduate programs who are currently training in virology laboratories in Seattle. The program brings together laboratories at Fred Hutch Cancer Center and the University of Washington with the goal of drawing on the rich history of viral research at these institutions to form a unique training opportunity for Seattle-area graduate students. Funds are available for pre-doctoral trainees interested in viral pathogenesis and evolution research. One or two years of funding is available. The training program will also cover a portion of tuition. The scope of the submitted proposal should include a two-year research plan unless the applicant specifically requests only one year of funding.


The IMA offers a variety of options, including the following:

  • Free locker (“basket”) and towel rentals
  • Free rental sports equipment: Balls, Racquets, etc…
  • Rock climbing and bouldering ($50/quarter or $3/session)
  • Basketball courts, indoor running track, weights, machines, treadmills, swimming pools (2 locations), tennis courts (3 locations), racquetball, squash, handball, you name it etc, etc, etc.
  • Intermural leagues and Clubs


Download software for free or at a reduced cost  (Items of note include EndNote for free and Parallels for Mac for $40)

Start a website based on your netid such as

Borrow stuff for free (laptop, tablet/iPad, DSLR with accessories, projector, etc): 


Unlimited bus pass. Full fare coverage on King County Metro Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Sound Transit buses. Also includes full fare coverage on the LINK Light Rail (great way to get to airport) and the Water Taxis (ferries) to Vashon Island or West Seattle.