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STEM Student Ambassadors

About the Ambassador Leadership Program

The UW LSAMP STEM Student Ambassador Leadership Program is a training and development initiative in our NSF Grant. The year-long program is specifically designed for LSAMP students interested in becoming leaders in their respective STEM fields. Every quarter, students focus on leadership through the lens of academic, personal, and professional goals and projects they wish to achieve with the support and training of the LSAMP Staff.

What does it mean to be an ambassador?

Ambassadors work under the leadership of the LSAMP Program Coordinator and Lead Student Assistant. This is not a job position, but a learning experience, driven by the goals and interests of the student.

Ambassadors engage in and lead workshops and activities that enhance their growth and development. They participate in mentoring, community building, public speaking and networking opportunities across campus and with industry partners. At the end of the quarter, they have the opportunity to continue being an ambassador and work on new goals and projects for the following quarter.

Become an ambassador


The LSAMP Ambassador Application is closed for the 2023-2024 school year. The 2024-2025 Application will open in Spring. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us at


  • Create digital content to assist in disseminating program information and activities.
    • Social Media: Become the face of the LSAMP social media accounts and connect with students and community partners.
    • Create Videos and Pictures
    • Create Student Profiles
  • Be assigned a specific STEM RSO and you will become the official liaison between said RSO and the LSAMP Program.
    • Connect with academic departments to disseminate program information.
    • Host LSAMP activities, lead workshops and team leadership activities.
    • Assist in recruiting new LSAMP eligible members to the program in accordance with NSF guidelines.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the LSAMP Team.
  • Attend and be active during all scheduled events the LSAMP Program hosts, whether it be at the LSAMP
  • Center or across campus when your class and work schedule permits.
  • Assist with other tasks and projects that may arise throughout the duration of the term.
  • Provide a two-page summary report to the Program Coordinator, due a week after the end of the quarter.
  • Provide a photo of your engagement during your experience while on assignment.


As an LSAMP STEM Student Ambassador, you commit to:

  • Treat this role as any other academic and professional experience.
  • Support the implementation of workshops and events throughout the quarter.
  • Attend recruitment events outside the weekday and regular day times.

Meet the ambassadors

Our ambassadors are here to answer your questions about LSAMP programs and UW. Come visit them at the LSAMP Center (Mary Gates Hall 311). See below for each ambassador’s office hours.


Daniel Hernandez


Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Interested in Aerospace Engineering

Why am I an ambassador? I want to be part of a team that will make others feel at home just like LSAMP did for me last year. I want to build a community where everyone belongs, feels comfortable, and has an opinion.

Lisette Octaviano-Francisco


Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Federal Way, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Interested in Neuroscience

Why am I an ambassador? I believe that having a support system and a safe place on campus is a vital part of our higher education. My goal is to help out fellow URM students in STEM by linking them to resources and supporting them throughout the year with events. I am excited to use my skills to connect, serve and be present for the LSAMP community.

Abigail Santos


Year: Freshman

Affinity Group: Pacific Islander

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Why am I an ambassador? I would like to provide resources for students who are marginalized in academic and professional settings while also creating a sense of community and understanding.

Fifth UW LSAMP Ambassador Cohort: 2022 – 2023

Left to right: Katherine Solchaga, Nico Villanueva, Jonathan H. Ortiz-Candelaria, Jerusalem Sintayehu, Aja Lujan. Not Pictured: Brenda Ruvalcaba, she was studying abroad in Rome!

Fourth UW LSAMP Ambassador Cohort: 2021 – 2022

Left to right: Brenda Ruvalcaba, Rafa Al-Kaheli, Aja Lujan, Caleb Bilodeau, Nathalie Castro

Third UW LSAMP Ambassador Cohort: 2020 – 2021

Left to right: Elizabeth Lee, Nahom Daniel, Aja Lujan, Isaiah Cuadras, Graciela Lagraba

Second UW LSAMP Ambassador Cohort: 2019 – 2020

Left to right: Isaiah Cuadras, Lunden Harris, Maria Alvarez, Nahom Daniel. Not Pictured: Lorena Lopez, she was studying abroad in India!

Inaugural UW LSAMP Ambassador Cohort: 2018 – 2019

Top Left to Right: Vicente Arroyos, Nahom Daniel, Kyle Johnson. Bottom Left to Right: Feven Debela, Jacqueline Hernandez, Lunden Harris, Timnit Bekele