Early Identification Program


Thank you for visiting our website! The Early Identification Program encourages and assists UW undergraduates from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enter graduate school via undergraduate research, pre-graduate advising, seminars/course work(s), and social activities. We also provide referral service for students interested in professional schools (Medicine, Pharmacy, Business…).

If you've visited our Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program you'll notice both EIP and McNair Program have three ultimate goals:

Enhance the probability of our undergraduate students getting 1) admitted and 2) funded to various Ph.D. programs, and ultimately have many more leaders via graduate education. This is usually accomplished via undergraduate research, workshops, seminars, and social activities.

Salient Features of Early Identification Program in relation to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program:

You will notice in our current Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, we can only serve 27 students as dictated by the U.S. Department of Education, whereas through EIP, we have the opportunity serve a greater number of students with a broader definition of the term "disadvantaged" (beyond first generation, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented).



Interested in affiliating?

We hope and trust so! It's as easy as making an appointment with an advisor.

EIP is open to all UW undergraduates.


The staff is composed of a program director, associate director, counseling services coordinator, and two

graduate advisors who are in the process of obtaining doctoral degrees.


Early Identification Program Professional Staff 

Gabriel Gallardo, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President of Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

email: gabegms@uw.edu

Dr. Gallardo earned his Ph.D. in Geography. His research interests include the geography of race and ethnicity, Latino settlement in the U.S., and the socio-spatial dimensions of ethnic economies. His dissertation research focused on the social, economic, and geographic dimensions of African American, Chinese, Korean, and Mexican entrepreneurship. He is also interested in minority student access to graduate education and graduate retention issues.

Todd Sperry, Ph.D. 
Assistant Director of McNair & Early Identification Program, OMAD              

email: tsperry@uw.edu

Todd Sperry is the Assistant Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars and Early Identification Programs at the University of Washington.  In addition to working to support students who are interested in obtaining graduate or professional degrees, he is interested in working with students to learn how to learn and achieve academic success.  From 2010-2014, Todd was a Biology Instructor with the TRiO-Student Support Services program within OMA&D.  He came to UW as a postdoctoral researcher in 1999 to work in the Biology Department.  His research interests included studying how the brain controls aggressive behavior and stress in song birds. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, he earned his Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied the reproductive biology of Marine Fish.  He earned his B.A. with honors in biology from the University of Oregon. Outside of work, Todd loves to be outdoors hiking and gardening and spending time with his two children, Kallyana and Evan, and his wife, Chanira Reang Sperry.




Graduate Student Advisors

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair2@uw.edu

Natalie Schmidt is a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  Her work explores different aspects of Pacific Northwest prairie restoration and ecology, with an emphasis on the role of parasitic plants in the community.  She grew up on Whidbey Island and earned a B.S. in biology from UW before joining the Peace Corps and living in Senegal for two years. Her work there included agriculture, agroforestry, and public health.


Wei Zuo

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair1@uw.edu

Wei Zuo is a Ph.D. candidate in English and a Master student in Economics at the University of Washington.  Her dissertation focuses on international undergraduate students' language acquisition and cultural adjustment at UW. Wei obtained her first Master’s degree in Education and second Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from UW in 2012. Wei is very enthusiastic about cross-cultural communication and language teaching. She worked as a GSA in the Language Learning Center (LLC) during 2011-2013 and volunteered at the Confucius Institute at Washington State (CIWA) for four years. She also served as a Chinese tutor at CLUE and English tutor at SAAS helping student athletes.  In her spare time, she is a MC at Chinese Radio Seattle, and she enjoys salsa dancing, badminton, and travelling.






EIP is sponsored by The Office of Minority Affairs.

Early Identification Program
173G Mary Gates Hall - Box 352803
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-5845