Meet our Early Identification Program Staff!

The EIP 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.
We welcome you to drop in or schedule an appointment to meet with us. Please see the Advisor Schedule if you would like to make an appointment with a specific Graduate Advisor.


Professional Staff 

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


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              


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


Natalie Schmidt is a PhD candidate 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


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.


Contact us today!

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