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In alignment with UW Tacoma’s mission, vision and values, the Institute for Global Engagement is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and service; embraces an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge that instills problem-solving and critical thinking skills for meaningful lives; engages minds by connecting knowledge with experience, fostering wisdom; encourages student-faculty-staff interaction and a reciprocal exchange of knowledge; generates new knowledge and embraces varied ways of knowing; and inspires creative ways of seeing and solving problems.

The rigorous Global Honors curriculum and pedagogy of our interdisciplinary faculty are infused by these values. However, scholarly, professional and personal development can be best served when regular coursework is complemented by in-depth research and experiential activities outside of the classroom. All Global Honors students therefore complete a research thesis, internship, or study abroad project as part of their capstone requirement. The Institute for Global Engagement and Global Honors Student Leadership Council regularly arrange service learning activities too.

The Institute for Global Engagement’s other research and experiential learning initiatives - most of which are open to all UW Tacoma students - include:

Undergraduate Research

The Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement

Generously funded by the Tacoma-based Bamford Foundation, the Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement is the IGE's signature undergraduate research initiative. It includes a $2000 student award to help cover study abroad or other research expenses, and a $1000 faculty stipend. This opportunity is currently available to Global Honors students only. However, exceptions may be made for non-Global Honors students to partner with Global Honors students if the former's proposed project can be applied to a capstone requirement within their home program. Full information is available here.

Global Research Paper Competition

The Global Research Paper Competition is generously funded by the Bamford Foundation. It is intended to incentivize and reward outstanding undergraduate paper assignments, enhance research on global issues, promote scholarly writing skills, and promote global engagement, citizenship, and leadership. There are currently two versions of this competition - a quarterly competition available to Global Honors students only, and an annual competition open to all UW Tacoma students. Full information is available here.

Experiential Learning

IGE Study Abroad Award

The IGE’s mission is to steward global learning for all University of Washington Tacoma students, and to introduce them to a world of borderless possibilities, discovery, and imagination. Among other life-changing international and cross-cultural experiences, this includes the promotion of for-credit University of Washington Study Abroad. Through the generous support of the Bamford Foundation, the IGE annually invites UW Tacoma students to apply for $1000 awards to help fund their participation in UW Study Abroad. Awards may be used for study abroad program fees, flights, and incidental expenses while studying abroad. It is not necessary to be a member of the Global Honors program to be eligible for this scholarship. Full information is available here.

Internships and Mentorships

The Institute for Global Engagement offers internships as a capstone option for Global Honors students. These, and executive level mentoring partnerships, may be facilitated through the IGE Student Engagement Program.