Meet our 2010-2011 Early Identification Program  Presidential and Boeing Scholars!


2010-2011 Early Identification Program  Presidential Scholars

Albert Han

Faculty Mentor: Professor Nathanael J. Fast

My primary research interest is in the psychology of power. More specifically, I am interested in the effects of possessing (or lacking) power on self-concept. My research is project being conducted under Dr. Nathanael Fast. In this study, we make two predictions: (1) that power will increase the degree to which people are expected to demonstrate fairness, and (2) that minority powerholders will find it even more challenging to demonstrate fairness than do non-minority (i.e. majority) powerholders. The theoretical rationale is based on the conceptualization of power as a role that comes with expectations. Furthermore, when supervising a minority subordinate, a majority powerholder can more easily offer assistance to the subordinate without appearing to show bias, while a minority powerholder offering the same support may be especially concerned about appearing to show favoritism. This research is being supported by the UW’s EIP Presidential Scholarship. 

Phillip Poonka

Faculty Mentor: Professor Paul Yager   

Phillip is a senior in the UW Bioengineering Program.  He is primarily interested in biomedical instrumentation, with a focus on diagnostic tools.  His past research experiences include studies with prospective ECG gated cardiac CT through the UW Department of Radiology and studies of genetically modified rat cardiomyocytes through the UW Heart and Muscle Mechanics Lab as an Amgen Scholar.  Phillip is currently working on a capstone project with the Paul Yager Group to help elucidate the flow behavior of fluids in the 2D Paper Network, a low-cost point-of-care medical diagnostic device which is capable of complex multi-step processes like chemical amplification.  His personal project is the development and implementation of a flow velocimetry tool that utilizes electrochemical marking to obtain knowledge of flows, which is crucial for designing multi-step devices where timing is important.  This research is being conducted in hopes of directly improving the development of a highly versatile point-of-care medical diagnostic platform which may profoundly impact healthcare in both developed and developing nations. 

Phillip is currently being supported by the EIP Presidential Scholarship and has received academic funding through the College of Engineering General Scholarship.  Phillip is a first generation college student who comes from a Russian-Finnish family.  He enjoys experiencing new cultures and is able to use his Russian language skills for medical interpretation.  This summer, he eagerly embraced his first opportunity to experience studies in a foreign country and cultivated his passion for art and creativity through a UW Exploration Seminar in Italy, studying art in beautiful cities like Florence, Rome, Pisa, and Venice.  He is grateful and honored to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Global Opportunities Scholarship to support his international program.  Apart from his studies, his personal interests include playing and listening to the piano and practicing Taekwondo.  He feels very blessed to receive support from EIP and the McNair Scholars Program in preparation for his future studies and career.

Sarah Jasmine Stork

Faculty Mentor: Professor Jeanette Bushnell

I am in my senior year, getting degrees in Comparative History of Ideas, Medical Anthropology and Global Health, and Individualized Studies- Public Health, with a Diversity minor. I am interested in American stigmas against fatness and obesity and the ways that existing research and health programs can impact and perpetuate such stigmas, as well as the ways that being stigmatized affect how people understand and think about what it means to be “healthy”. 

I am also interested in the concept of mixed race in the US and have been working with a group of fellow undergraduate students to create and teach a course called Mixed Identities and Racialized Bodies. Our course provides a cooperative learning space for people who are or, are interested in, mixed race to explore concepts using both academic resources and personal experience as learning tools, and which attempts to move past mono-racial academic discourse by centering mixed race as the lens through which topics are explored.

Through personal experiences with volunteering both locally and during study abroad programs, I have come to highly value collaborative learning and research with communities I am a part of, and with organizations doing work that compliments my interests, and I plan to make all of my research as collaborative as possible. I plan to pursue a Masters in Public Health and to spend time working in and with a community on health concerns before continuing on to a PhD program, which will allow me to help bridge the gap that often exists between people in academia and people in communities outside of academia. 


2010-2011 Early Identification Program Boeing Scholars

Jerica Green

Faculty Mentor: Professor Julianne Dalcanton and  Dr. Benjamin Williams

Jerica is a Senior at the University of Washington studying Astronomy and Physics. She was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and moved to Seattle in 2006 with her family, to pursue a better education. Jerica is now working with Dr. Benjamin Williams, using the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory to obtain optical information from X-ray sources in the direction of the Andromeda galaxy. So far the preliminary classifications of these objects include nine Active Galactic Nuclei (a very large black hole in the center of a distant galaxy), one super nova remnant, and the first two possible high mass X-ray binary star systems found in Andromeda. Jerica is part of a telescope engineering group which works with machining parts for the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys 2.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. She is also an engineer for the Manastash Ridge Observatories 30 inch telescope, and studies planetary nebula found within our very own Milky Way Galaxy. Other activities she enjoys are international downhill longboard racing, playing piano and bass guitar, and any type of dancing.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Caroline A.E.Strömberg

Thien-Y Le is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Plant Biology.  She works with professor Caroline Strömberg and graduate student Regan Dunn in the Paleobotany and Paleoecology Laboratory (PPL) in the Biology Department.  She first became curious about plants back in high school and has continued to pursue her interest ever since.  After volunteering and working in the PPL as a lab assistant, she was able to conduct her own independent project and begin the road to becoming a researcher with support and guidance from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Integrative Research Internship Program.  Currently, she is researching the effects of light on epidermal cell shapes of grasses by looking at modern grasses and phytoliths (microscopic plant bodies made from silica).  This work will be a stepping-stone in helping the lab reconstruct the paleovegetation of South America during the middle Cenozoic time period.  Outside of lab, Thien-Y loves to swim and hopes to be skilled mandolin player.  After graduation, she hopes to continue her studies in plant biology at the graduate level.


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