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Past Awardees

Each year, Undergraduate Research Symposium presenters are given an opportunity to nominate their mentor for the Research Mentor Award. Nominations are considered by a small review committee of faculty and staff. Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and research staff are all eligible for nomination.

Congratulations to our previous Research Mentor Award recipients:


  • Sarah Alaei, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (UW Tacoma)
  • Holly Sue Hake, Graduate Student, Psychology, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Paola Rodríguez Hidalgo, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences Division, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (UW Bothell)
  • Ronald Young Kwon, Associate Professor, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
  • Ben Marwick, Professor, Anthropology
  • Caroline A.E. Strömberg, Professor, Biology
  • Rebecca U. Thorpe, Associate Professor, Political Science


  • David Dichek, Professor, Medicine
  • Kai-Mei Fu, Associate Professor, Physics and Electrical Engineering
  • Deanna Kennedy, Associate Professor, Business, UW Bothell
  • Natalie Nicole Sanchez, Graduate Student, Astronomy
  • Chris Law, Postdoctoral Researcher, Biology


  • Santino Camacho, Ph.D. Student, School of Social Work
  • Rachel Cichowski, Professor, Political Science
  • Sarah Ketchley, Affiliate Instructor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
  • Afra Mashhadi, Assistant Professor, Computing Software & Systems, UW Bothell
  • Ayokunle Olanrewaju, Acting Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel Promislow, Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
  • Ashleigh Theberge, Assistant Professor, Chemistry


  • Taryn Bipat, Graduate Student, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Sharon Laing, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, UW Tacoma
  • José Antonio Lucero, Associate Professor, Chair of Latin America and Caribbean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies Associate Director
  • Franziska Roesner, Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Joshua Russell, Postdoctoral Scholar, Pathology
  • Phillip Thurtle, Professor, Comparative History of Ideas
  • Suzanne Withers, Associate Professor, Geography
  • Undergraduate Research Advocate and Mentor Award: Gabriel Gallardo, former Associate Vice President, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


The 2019 Symposium Mentor Awardees smiling at the camera.
From left to right: Heather D. Evans, Elizabeth Nance, Cynthia Chang, Matthew Childers, Valerie Daggetts, Barbara Juarez, UW Regent Constance Rice, Associate Vice Provost and Associate Dean Janice DeCosmo, Provost Mark Richards, and Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor. Photo by David Ryder.
  • Cynthia Chang, Assistant Professor, Biology, UW Bothell
  • Valeria Daggett, Professor, Bioengineering
  • Heather D. Evans, Lecturer, Sociology
  • Elizabeth Nance, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Radiology
  • Barbara Juarez, Postdoctoral Researcher, Pharmacology
  • Matthew Childers, Graduate Student, Bioengineering



2018 Symposium Mentor Awardees
From left: Walter Andrews, Julie Masura, President Ana Mari Cauce, Eric Seibel, Moon-Ho Jung
  • Walter Andrews, Research Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Moon-Ho Jung, Associate Professor, History
  • Julie Masura, Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
  • Jennifer Nemhauser, Professor, Biology
  • Eric Seibel, Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mitchel Lee, Graduate Student, Pathology


2017 Mentor Awardees

From left: Ben Gardner, Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor, President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Jerry Baldasty, Ralina Joseph, Christine Luscombe, Christopher Bahl, Associate Vice Provost and Associate Dean Janice DeCosmo, Jonathan Weinstein.
Photo by David Ryder.

  • Christopher Bahl – Senior Fellow, Biochemistry
  • Sharon Doty – Associate Professor, Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Ben Gardner – Associate Professor, UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences; Chair, African Studies Program, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Ralina Joseph – Associate Professor, Communication
  • Christine Luscombe – Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jonathan Weinstein – Associate Professor, Neurology



Photo by David Ryder

  • Kristina Hillesland – Microbial Evolution and Evolutionary Ecology, UW Bothell
  • Juliet McMains – Associate Professor, Dance
  • Amie McNeel – Assistant Professor, Sculpture, School of Art + Art History + Design
  • Megan Moreno – Associate Professor, Center for Child Health Behavior and Development
  • Nuttada Panpradist – Graduate Student, Bioengineering
  • Hyungmin Tony Rho – Graduate Student, Environmental and Forest Science
  • Wendy Thomas – Associate Professor, Bioengineering


  • Christopher Campbell – Director, Community, Environment, and Planning, Urban Design and Planning
  • Shih-Chieh Hsu – Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Douglas Wacker – Lecturer, School of STEM (Biology Division), UW Bothell
  • Sara Jane Webb – Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Kim Woodrow – Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
  • Nicolette Zhou – Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • Sam Chung – Endowed Associate Professor, Information Technology & Systems, UW Tacoma
  • María Elena García – Associate Professor, Comparative History of Ideas
  • Merrill B. Hille – Professor, Biology
  • Patricia A. Kramer – Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Robert M. Winglee – Professor, Earth and Space Sciences
  • Tracy Larson – Graduate Student, Biology


  • Holly M. Barker – Lecturer, Anthropology
  • David G. Hendry – Associate Professor, Information School
  • Lilo C. Pozzo – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Sonnet H. Retman – Assistant Professor, American Ethnic Studies
  • Pierre D. Mourad – Principal Physicist, Applied Physics Laboratory; Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Marsha R. Penner – Research Associate, Psychology


  • Stevan Harrell – Professor of Anthropology
  • Jesús M. López-Guisa – Affiliate Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Ludo Max – Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Hannele Ruohola-Baker – Professor of Biochemistry
  • Billie J. Swalla – Professor of Biology
  • Justin B. Siegel – Post-Doctoral Researcher in Biochemistry


  • Rachel Chapman – Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Stephen D. Hauschka – Professor of Biochemistry
  • Kevin M. King – Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Richard E. Ladner – Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Maria V. Razumova – Research Scientist in Bioengineering


  • Keiko Torii – Professor of Biology
  • Ram Samudrala – Associate Professor of Microbiology
  • Stephen Hinds – Professor of Classics
  • Joachim Voss – Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
  • Sapna Cheryan – Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Elizabeth Skovran – Research Associate of Chemical Engineering


  • Martha M. Bosma – Associate Professor of Biology
  • James E. Gawel – Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma
  • Matt R. Kaeberlein – Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Sheri J.Y. Mizumori – Professor and Chair of Psychology
  • Jentery F. Sayers – Graduate Student in English


  • Bryan D. Jones – Professor of Political Science
  • Suzie H. Pun – Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • Angelina Snodgrass Godoy – Associate Professor of Jackson School of International Studes/Law, Societies, & Justice
  • Kristin R. Swanson – Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Rachel M. Ceballos – Postdoctoral Associate in Health Services
  • Christian Hendershot – Graduate Student in Psychology
  • Kate Stoll – Graduate Student in Biomolecular Structure and Design


  • Horacio de la Iglesia – Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Adam Geballe – Professor of Medicine
  • Tracy Harachi – Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Peter Kahn – Professor of Psychology