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Faculty Mentors

Mentor  LSAMP Scientists

This committee is dedicated to mentoring UW LSAMP students during the LSAMP Scientist Program. The LSAMP Scientist Program is a summer research program for students with little to no research experience. We have had 38 students go through the program since the start of the program in 2021.

About the Scientist Research Program

Become a Faculty Mentor

Members can support LSAMP with reviewing student applications, interviewing students, mentoring students, providing funds for students research experiences, and/or supporting us during the weekly professional development sessions.

Responsibilities

LSAMP faculty mentors have the following responsibilities and opportunities:

Help select LSAMP students. As a faculty mentor, you have the opportunity (not required) to review applications, interview students, and select candidates.

Develop a mentoring plan with your mentee. Work with your mentee to set expectations and define your role as their mentor. Establish what resources may be needed to create a successful and meaningful mentorship. This may include a weekly curriculum to help empower the student with the tools, skillsets and experience.

Financially sponsor a mentee (through NSF REU, NIH diversity supplements, departmental support, or more). Mentors should be prepared to financially sponsor part-time students at $3,000 and full-time students at $6,000. LSAMP has limited funding for mentees, but a mentor can request for funds.

Attend professional development sessions. These sessions occur weekly and faculty mentors should plan to attend at least two to three times.

Attend the Meet & Greet. This session is for all mentors and mentees prior to the program beginning. This session will focus on getting to know the students and other mentors.

Attend social events. LSAMP hosts a number of social events throughout the program. These events are optional to attend, but we encourage all mentors to engage and get to know the students.

Host a lab tour. This gives students the opportunity to see the different types of labs and research throughout campus. If possible you can include hands-on activity during the tour.

Attend the Research Presentations. The students will be presenting their research during the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

2024 Timeline

  • Tuesday, January 9th, 2-3 pm: LSAMP Scientist Program Information Session for Faculty.
  • Thursday, January 25th, 3-4 pm: LSAMP Scientist Program Information Session for Faculty.
  • Wednesday, January 31st: Deadline for faculty to fill out an interest form.
  • Monday, February 26th: Deadline for Faculty to confirm if they would like to mentor for summer.
  • Friday, March 1st: Website Updated to Show Potential Mentors for Summer.
  • Monday, March 4th: Student Applications Open.
  • Sunday, March 31st: Student Applications Close (unless we receive 40 applications before then)
  • April 1st – 5th: Review Student Applications
  • April 15th – 19th: Student Interviews
  • April 22nd – 26th: Review Student Interviews
  • Monday, April 29th: Notify Students of Offer
  • Wednesday, May 29th: Meet & Greet
  • Monday, June 17th: Program Starts
  • Friday, August 16th: Program Ends
Details to Come

Ways to Get Involved

Can’t commit to being a faculty member right now? There are still ways you can help support the LSAMP program and students.

  • Participate in reviewing applications, interview and select candidates.
  • Participate in the Students Professional Development Sessions
  • Participate in the Monthly Committee Meetings
  • Attend the research presentations at the end of the program
  • Host a Lab Tour

Meet the Mentors

Mentors

Faculty mentors are dedicated to supporting LSAMP students in research. Mentors review student applications, interview students, mentor students, provide funds for students research experiences, and provide support during weekly professional development sessions.

Laurel Anderson


Physics Department

Project: New scanning probes for moiré materials

Mentee: Marky Mayanja

Learn more about Laurel

Jeff Ban


Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Project: Visualization tool for bus electrification

Mentee: Antonio Pixtun

Learn more about Jeff

Margaret Cheung


Physics Department

Project: Computer Modeling of Emergent Protein Assemblies

Mentee: Fardowsa Douled

Learn more about Margaret

Jay Cunningham


Human Centered Design and Engineering

Project: Equitable Automated Speech Recognition & Natural Language Processing

Mentee: Jainaba Jawara

Learn more about Jay

Sharon Doty and Robert Tournay


College of the Environment

Project: Environmental Microbiology and Bioinformatics

Mentee: Mumtaz Sheikhaden and Ethan Walker

Learn more about Doty Lab

Heidi Gough


Environmental and Forest Sciences Department

Project: Water reclamation in vegetated filtration galleries

Mentee: Daniel Montes

Learn more about Heidi

Samson Jenekhe


Chemical Engineering Department

Project: Synthesis and processing of polymers for solar cells

Mentee: Max Emigh

Learn more about Sam

Andrew Laszlo


Physics Department

Project: Improving Nanopore DNA sequencing

Mentee: Ashly Lopez Escober

Learn more about Andrew

David Masiello


Chemistry Department

Project: Electron Microscopy of Photonic Crystal Lattices

Mentee: Jared Doran

Learn more about David

Aaron Ninokawa


Friday Harbor Lab

Project: Habitat-forming species shaping bivalve responses to climate change

Mentee: Jessica Pineda

Learn more about Aaron

Peter Rau


Physics Department

Project: Effect of fixed composition on phase transitions and dynamic stability of compact stars

Mentee: Gaby Salaben

Learn more about Peter

Jeff Riffell


Biology Department

Project: Neurobiology and sensory behavior of mosquitoes

Mentee: Lisette Octaviano-Francisco

Learn more about Jeff

Steven Roberts


School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Project: Physiological and Molecular Response of Shellfish to Environmental Change

Mentee: Noah Krebs

Learn more about Steven

Agnieszka Sorensen


Institute for Nuclear Theory, Department of Physics

Project: Influence of nucleon resonances on collective flow in heavy-ion collisions

Mentee: Diego Loeb

Learn more about Agnieszka

Adam Steinbrenner


Biology Department

Project: Assessing the affects of Common Bean immune receptor genotypes on caterpillar growth

Mentee: Alice Lutzenhiser

Learn more about Adam

Amir Taghvaei


Aeronautics & Astronautics Department

Project: Reinforcement learning with partial observations

Mentee: Amanuel Berga

Learn more about Amir

Travis Thonstad


Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

Project: Improving the Longevity of Reinforced Concrete Civil Infrastructure

Mentee: Vania Moreno-Colin

Learn more about Travis

Beth Traxler


Microbiology Department

Project: Acquisition of antibiotic resistance in E. coli

Mentee: Amara Iheke

Learn more about Beth

Amy Van Cise


School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Project: Cetacean genomics and bioinformatics

Mentee: Sophie Garrote

Learn more about Amy

Alexandra Velian


Chemistry Department

Project: Raman Spectroscopy as a Probe for the Surface Functionalization of Graphene

Mentee: Kaleb Yohannes

Learn more about Alexandra

The committee reviews student applications, interviews students, provides support during weekly professional development sessions, and hosts lab tours. The committee members are an important part to supporting our program because It takes a village to raise children. ​ Anything you could contribute will help a lot when the community pitches in their time or funding.

Adam Steinbrenner


Biology Department

Field of Interest: Plant immune system, plant-herbivore interactions

About Adam

Alvaro E. Chavarria


Physics Department

Field of Interest: Nanopore sequencing of DNA and proteins, single-molecule biophysic

About Alvaro

Andrew Laszlo


Physics Department

Field of Interest: Nanopore sequencing of DNA and proteins, single-molecule biophysics

About Andrew

Anna Goussiou

Physics Department

Field of Interest: Particle Physics

About Anna

Armita Nourmohammad


Physics Department

Field of Interest: Biophysics, Theory, Computing

About Armita

Ben Hills

Earth and Space Sciences Department

Field of Interest: Glaciology; geophysics; open science

About Ben

Brandi Cossairt


Chemistry Department

Field of Interest: Inorganic Chemistry

About Brandi

Carl Knowlen

Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Department

Field of Interest: High speed propulsion systems and energy conversion technologies

About Carl

Chris Chickadel


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Field of Interest: Coastal and nearshore fluid mechanics, waves and wave breaking, estuary and river processes, remote and image analysis.

About Chris

Cole DeForest

Chemical Engineering Department

Field of Interest: biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery

About Cole

David Masiello


Chemistry Department

Field of Interest: Theoretical analysis of electron beam and optical spectroscopies and microscopies of optical, magnetic, thermal, and quantum materials phenomena spanning from the visible to far infrared spectrum, quantum simulation/quantum optics

About David

Emilio Mayorga

UW Applied Physics Lab

Field of Interest: His work focuses on the development and implementation of systems for the management, open dissemination and analysis of environmental data in marine and terrestrial applications, emphasizing collaborative approaches and tools that engage diverse partners.

About Emilio

Jim Pfaendtner

Chemical Engineering Department

Field of Interest: Materials Theory, Computing

About Jim

Margaret Cheung


Physics Department

Field of Interest: Biophysics, Theory, Computing

About Margaret

Peter Rau


Physics Department

Field of Interest: Neutron star astrophysics: equation of state, magnetohydrodynamics and oscillation modes, effects of superfluidity/superconductivity

About Peter

Samson Jenekhe


Chemical Engineering Department

Field of Interest: Polymer, Chemistry

About Samson

Sharon Doty

Microbiology Department

Field of Interest: The importance of the plant microbiome for plant growth, nutrient acquisition, and tolerance to both abiotic (drought, heat, pollutants, salt) nd biotic (pathogens) stresses.

About Sharon

Travis Thonstad


Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

Field of Interest: Reinforced concrete; precast/prestressed concrete; seismic design; structural robustness

About Travis

Youngjun Choe

Industrial and Systems Engineering Department

Field of Interest: Data science for disaster management.
About Youngjun

2022 Mentors

Alvaro E Chavarria


Physics Department

Project: Defect Analysis of a CCD Using Stage 6 Images

Mentee: Joy Jung

Chris Chickadel


Applied Physics Lab

Project: Understanding the Size Distribution of Breaking Wave Bubble Plumes through Remote Sensing

Mentee: Dennise Aguilar Cano

Brandi Cossairt


Chemistry Department

Project: Exploring Ligand Exchange Reactions on CdSe Cluster Surfaces

Mentee: Lily Kim Nguyen

Sharon Doty


College of the Environment

Project: Characterizing genetic traits of endophytes in silico and in vitro

Mentee: Joel Lemus

T.J. Fudge and Ben Hills

Earth and Space Sciences

Project: Understanding Ice Temperatures in Ice Streams in Antarctica and Greenland

Mentee: Jonathan H. Ortiz-Candelaria

Alejandro Garcia


Physics Department

Project: Calibration sources for monoenergetic electrons

Mentee: Lillian Tran

Isobel Kolbe

Physics Department

Project: Creating a Python Script to Study Jet-Medium Interactions in Heavy Ion Collisions with JEWEL

Mentee: Lluvia Garcia

Andrew Laszlo


Physics Department

Project: Sequence dependent enzyme kinetics of SARS-CoV2 helicase nsp13

Mentee: Francisco Alvarado-Medina

David Masiello


Chemistry Department

Project: Exploring The Nature of Phase Structured Light for Laser Stimulated Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy

Mentee: Michael Sanchez

Peter Rau


Physics Department

Project: Neutron Star Interface Modes at S/P-Wave Transitions

Mentee: Sam Puentes

Steven Roberts


School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Project: Influence of Temperature on Mussel Gene Expression

Mentee: Dorothy Lartey

Travis Thonstad


Civil & Environmental Engineering

Project: Shear Behavior of Macro-Synthetic Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

Mentee: Alexander Maldonado

2021 Mentors

Alvaro E Chavarria


Physics Department

Project: Thermal Analysis of Bulk Silicon Charge-Coupled Devices used to Detect Dark Matter​

Mentee: Areesa Trevino

Cole DeForest


Chemical engineering

Project: The Role of Light Exposure and Crosslinker Degradability on Double Network Hydrogel Mechanics​

Mentee: Kaitlyn Vera

Samson Jenekhe


Chemical Engineering Department

Project: Polymer Solar Cells

Mentee: Edgar Daniel

Armita Nourmohammad


Physics Department

Project: Exploratory Analysis of B-Cell Repertoires in Individuals with Chronic HIV​

Mentee: Manny Munoz

Steven Roberts


School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Project: Functional annotation of the Roslin Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) genome in response to 17α-ethinylestradiol exposure​

Mentee: Chris Mantegna