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.


All e-mails should be addressed to user at u.washington.edu


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.

Gene Kim, Ph.D. 
Associate Director of McNair & Early Identification Program, OMAD              

email: genekim @uw.edu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1999-2001, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.
Ph.D. Education 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
M.S. Counseling 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gene's research and life interests/experience


Rosa E. Ramirez, M.S. 
Counseling Services Coordinator

email: rosaelia@uw.edu

Rosa is a UW graduate with a B.A. in Art History. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree. She has been working for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity full time now for the last 7 years. She is very interested in learning about other cultures and languages. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in International Studies.





Graduate Student Advisors

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair2@uw.edu

Brooke Cassell is pursuing a PhD in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences following her MS obtained from UW in 2012. Her research interests are fire ecology, restoration ecology and forest resilience in the face of climate change. She grew up outside of Chicago, IL and obtained her BA in Sound Recording at Columbia College Chicago in 2003.


Jorge Martínez

Graduate Student Advisor

email: mcnair1@uw.edu

Jorge Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UW.  His research focuses on criminal justice, law and society, social policy, and racial and ethnic relations.  Jorge worked with EIP/McNair between 2009-2011 and has returned this fall as a GSA.  He is currently working on his dissertation titled "Felon Welfare Exclusions: From Policy to Practice" investigating the social construction of drug-convicted felon welfare exclusions and policy adoption at the state level.






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