Undergraduate Research & Experiential Learning

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In alignment with UW Tacoma’s mission, vision and values, the Institute for Innovation and 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 Innovation and Global Engagement and Global Honors Student Leadership Council regularly arrange service learning activities too.

The Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement’s other research and experiential learning initiatives - some of which are open to all UW Tacoma students - are listed in the menu to the left.

Internships and Mentorships

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