UW College of Engineering
Seattle, WA 98195-2120
Directions to Loew Hall
Fax: (206) 685-0666
GenOM Project Staff Contact
|From 1999-2002, Ms. Peterson was the Director of BRIDGES4, a comprehensive support program for underrepresented students in the health, life, and social sciences. She expanded this program from its very beginning to serve over 350 students, offering tutoring, pre-freshman Boot Camp, academic advising, undergraduate research, travel scholarships, and more.
In the summer of 2002, Ms. Peterson was recruited to run a new outreach program for underrepresented students interested in genomics, the UW GenOM Project. This outreach effort is the first of its kind funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and is a national model for minority programs. It includes undergraduate and high school research, graduate student support, academic training in the life sciences, seminars, and partnerships with other minority outreach programs. With a retention rate of nearly 90%, the UW GenOM Project is making a substantial difference in the numbers of underrepresented students who are pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences.
|Allison Kang has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry and a Master in Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Genetics. Currently, she is working on her doctorate degree (PhD) in Science Education with her research interest in the undergraduate research experience of ethnic minority students in science. Allison works closely with the GenOM team to provide assistance in grant writing, summer ALVA training and curriculum development, reviewing ALVA applications, student advising, and running science workshops for the program.|
Cheryl Allendoerfer has a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, and Master’s (MA) and Bachelor’s (BA) degrees in Cultural Anthropology. Her areas of interest include multicultural education, ethnic identity construction, and communities of practice. She has been conducting educational research and evaluation in STEM settings since 2004, including studies focusing on broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities. Cheryl has been working with the GenOM Project since 2010.
|Elena Hernandez has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law, Societies and Justice with minors in Human Rights and International Studies from the University of Washington. She is originally from southern New Mexico and her main interest lies in social justice and race issues. Elena is now pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs and has been working as the for the GenOM Project since September of 2008.|