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Husky Giving Day – Student success for public good 

The UW Graduate School supports and empowers the next generation of scholars, researchers and leaders. As a tri-campus partner with academic units, we provide critical advocacy, funding and programming to support our students.  
This Husky Giving Day, we are highlighting three units and programs within the Graduate School where amazing things are happening. We believe in the transformative power of graduate education to address today’s global challenges. With your support of graduate education and graduate students, we can give to student success and to public good. Thank you for your support! 


Neuroscience provides broad accessible training in neuroscience to our students, capitalizing on the diverse set of research interests of our faculty. Your support helps sustain graduate education, cultivate networking opportunities, strengthen recruitment and outreach, support student conference attendance and foster student activities. Learn more about how your gift helps us reach our goals. 

“The University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Neuroscience provides unparalleled support to foster and train the next generation of neuroscientists. The program’s mentorship and community have been instrumental in my work researching Alzheimer’s disease and throughout my PhD journey.”
– Randall Eck, current student

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) 

As an interdisciplinary graduate program jointly offered by the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, MCB has created a wonderful community who are inspired and trained to address the world’s most challenging biological problems. We know this would not be possible without fellowships that provide professional development opportunities and financial support for our talented students. 

Our fellowship funds:  

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Late Career Internship: To provide financial assistance to 4th and 5th year MCB students to undertake an internship prior to graduating.  
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Student Relocation Fellowship: This fund provides financial assistance to prospective MCB students to offset the costs of relocating to Seattle. 

Office of Graduate Student Equity and Excellence (GSEE) 

GSEE, formerly GO-MAP, fellowships and awards have been integral in recruiting and supporting graduate students from marginalized communities for 54 years and counting. We help ensure historically underrepresented graduate students feel welcome, supported and connected at the UW through outreach, community building and career development opportunities.  

Sebastián Gallegos’ and Ngoc-Vy Mai’s stories 

We understand the importance of investing in equity and are asking you – our friends, alumni, and supporters – to join us in our mission of making graduate education accessible to all.  

This Husky Giving Day, we are grateful to receive an anonymous donation challenge — 10 gifts of any size will unlock $5,000 in support of GSEE. 


Effective October 13, 2021, the Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program, known as GO-MAP, is now the Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence, or GSEE (pronounced “gee-see”).

It is the most recent name change in the Office’s over 50-years of service to students and the University. The name change is more than cosmetic. It represents not only a renewed commitment to supporting Black, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander* graduate students as individuals, but to dismantling the institutional barriers that inhibit their success at the University of Washington.

Why the name change now?

One, we are in a new historical moment. The Office of Recruitment for Minority Graduate and Professional Students was established in1970, at the height of various social movements in which Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asians/Pacific Islander peoples demanded access, equality, and justice. The Office focused on recruitment, counseling and providing financial support.

Its existence was unique — while other campuses created programs for undergraduates, it was the first to focus on post-baccalaureate students and their particular needs.

It became part of the Graduate School and renamed the Minority Education Division in 1979. As recognition of its positive impact on students, it became known as the Graduate Opportunities &Minority Achievement Program in 2000.

We are living through another historical moment of racial reckoning. Racialized injustice, violence and stunted opportunities remain too ubiquitous in American society. At the University of Washington, GSEE represents a rejuvenated focus on not only supporting The name change is more than cosmetic. It represents not only a renewed commitment to supporting Black, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander students but on seeding institutional change.

Two, language has shifted over the last half-century.

The use of the word “minority” was common at the time the Office was created and remained in use into the early 21st century. Now, however, the term “minority” is not only outdated, but it does not signify the change-making we are committed to in our current historical moment.

Lastly, the name change signifies the Office’s expanded footprint.

The vision and mission of the Office has necessarily grown over the last 50 years. While it will continue to provide invaluable direct-to-student programming, GSEE will also focus on improving departmental climate and equity for our students in their academic homes.

A strategic collaboration with the Office of Equity & Justice (OEJ) crystalizes this new dual approach. This broader vision and mission positions GSEE and the Graduate School as advocates for the powerful pairing of equity and excellence we seek in order to make positive changes within the University.

We are incredibly proud of the foundation that GSEE and its previous leaders and staff have created. We hear countless stories of how the Office played a role in recruitment, retention, and a sense of belonging.

It is because of that strong foundation that we can take this step forward. The essence of GSEE remains — it will continue to be a space for graduate students to be in community, learn from each other, and push our institutions to be better. We look forward to all that GSEE will accomplish in the next 50 years.

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*Federally recognized underrepresented minority populations (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Latino/Hispanic). GSEE also serves Filipino and Southeast Asian student populations.

Graduate Registration Waiver Fee Payment

Review Policy 3.6 Graduate Registration Waiver for complete details. If you are eligible, then follow the below instructions to pay the fee and graduate without being registered:

How to Request Fee to be Added to Student Account

  • Send an email to student Fiscal Services at sfshelp@uw.edu requesting the fee to be added to student account. Once you receive a reply that the fee has been added, pay the fee using one of the methods below.

Payment Methods

  • Online through MyUW: webcheck (free) or credit card (added convenience fee)
  • U.S. Mail: Mail in the payment along with a note identifying payment for the $250 Graduate Registration Fee, student name and number.
    Address: UW Fiscal Services, PO Box 3981, Seattle, WA 98124-3981
  • In person: Pay the $250 Graduate Registration Waiver Fee at the Student Fiscal Services Office.