Snapshots 1997: A Yearbook for DO-IT Participants

Photo portrait of DO-IT director Sheryl Burgstahler

Welcome to DO-IT Snapshots 1997!

Congratulations DO-IT Scholars, Pals, Ambassadors, and Mentors! Your efforts in supporting one another resulted in The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Scholars are high school students with disabilities who have interests in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology and want to go to college. They travel from across the nation to attend Summer Study programs on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They communicate via the Internet year-round. More high school students with disabilities, the DO-IT Pals, join the electronic community of DO-IT. Most DO-IT Mentors are post-secondary students or have careers in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and technology and have disabilities themselves. DO-IT Scholars who move on to college become DO-IT Ambassadors, sharing their experiences with younger Pals and Scholars.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation. Additional grants have been received by the U.S. Department of Education, NEC Foundation of America, the Telecommunications Funding Partnership, and US West Communications.

Everyone wants to meet the DO-IT participants! The Phase I Scholars included in this album began the program in 1997; Phase II Scholars started in 1996; Phase III Scholars and Ambassadors started in earlier years. All participants submitted their autobiographies via electronic mail and the publication was created using computer tools during Summer Study 1997.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, DO-IT
College of Engineering/Computing & Communications
University of Washington