Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes

Alliance for Minority Participation

LSAMP Scientist Program


Summer Research Experience at UW

During summer quarter students will have a mentor and be a part of a research lab on the UW campus. During the program students will meet on a weekly basis to attend workshops. These workshops will focus on research, how to write a research report, how to create a poster presentation, and more. Students will be a part of a cohort of students and at the end of the quarter they will present their research to one another and the LSAMP community. 

The faculty who will be mentoring students are a part of the LSAMP Faculty Mentoring Committee. (not all faculty on committee are mentoring)

2021 Program Highlights

LSAMP Scientist Program

Key Dates for 2023

  • March 6th, 2023: Application Opens & Faculty Mentoring Committee Website will be updated with mentors for this summer
  • Mid-April: Interviews Take Place
  • June 20th – August 18th: Dates of Program

What can students gain from this program?

  • Scientific Communication Skills
  • Access to Faculty
  • Professional Development
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • A cohort of other scientists
  • Research Stipend

What are the students responsibilities?

  • Students will complete a mentoring plan with their mentor prior to orientation
  • Attend orientation on the first day of the program
  • Attend weekly workshops
  • Attend social events
  • Write a two-page summary report about what you learned from this experience
  • Provide a photo of your engagement during your experience 
  • Write a weekly journal about the highs and lows of your research experience 
  • Present their research at the end of the program

Who is eligible for the program?

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student at the University of Washington
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident

Students from Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other related departments are welcome to apply.  No prior research experience is needed. The UW LSAMP Scientist Program does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

2022 LSAMP Scientist Program

Research Projects

LSAMP Scientist 2022 Research Abstracts (click to read the students abstracts)

LSAMP Scientist 2022 Research Posters (click to view the posters)


Alex Maldonado

Junior in Civil Engineering

Research Interests: I am very interested in researching the application of origami like materials in space technology and plasma science.
Hobbies: I like playing video games, reading, and going for walks around campus.

Mentor: Travis Thonstad
Research Project: Shear Behavior of Macro-Synthetic Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

Dennise Aguilar Cano

Sophomore interested in Applied Mathematics

Research Interests: I am interested in researching environmental and atmospheric sciences. Through the summer scientist program, I am helping to research wave breaking processes.
Hobbies: I love playing music, specifically I play viola, marimba, and snare drum. Also, I enjoy embroidering.

Mentor: Chris Chickadel
Research Project: Bubble generation from wave breaking

Dorothy Lartey

Junior in Molecular Cellular Biology

Research Interests: I am interested in manipulating genes to examine the phenotypes of the organism, and going through that chain reaction within cellular bodies.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching documentaries, and doing puzzles

Mentor: Steven Roberts
Research Project: Characterization of genes responsible for stress response and reproductive maturation in bivalve mollusks.

Francisco Alvarado-Medina

Senior in Biology

Research Interests: This is going to be my first time doing any research, here to learn all I can and find out whether research is for me or not.
Hobbies: I enjoy going to the gym, watching Netflix, playing video games, soccer and I recently picked up rock climbing.

Mentor: Andrew Laszlo
Research Project: Single-molecule kinetics of the helicase from SARS-CoV-2

Joel Lemus

Senior in Biochemistry

Research Interests: My research interests include genetics and protein design, and I’m especially interested in rare diseases and gene-environment interactions.
Hobbies: My hobbies include biking, listening to music, and playing video games.

Mentor: Sharon Doty
Research Project: Plant Microbiology

Jonathan H. Ortiz-Candelaria

Sophomore interested in Informatics

Research Interests: I’m interested in science related research where I can get practice coding and programming. I don’t have a preference on which field, but I have enjoyed physics since high school.
Hobbies: I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a green belt in judo. I’m actually next year’s secretary for UW Judo. Some of my other hobbies are playing video games, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Mentor: T.J. Fudge
Research Project: Understanding ice temperature in ice streams in Antarctica and Greenland

Joy Jung

Junior in Electrical Engineering

Research Interests: Robotics, Health Engineering
Hobbies: playing violin or piano 

Mentor: Alvaro Chavarri
Research Project: The CCD module for DAMIC-M

Lillian Tran

Senior in Biophysics & Astronomy 

Research Interests: Heavily interested in astrobiology, especially exoplanet classification/analysis
Hobbies: I love trying new things and doing a variety of anything that makes my brain happy! Most recently I’ve been learning to skate/longboard, but in the past I’ve embroidered, cooked, and played lots of games

Mentor: Alejandro Garcia
Research Project: Microwaves for nuclear spectroscopy

Lily Kim Nguyen

Sophomore in Biochemistry

Research Interests: I’m really interested in topics on immunology, molecular biology, chemistry, and microbiology, among other topics as well.
Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, going on runs and hikes, playing the piano, and exploring food places with friends

Mentor: Brandi Cossairt
Research Project: Quantum dots for LED and Display Technologies

Lluvia Garcia

Junior in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology

Research Interests: Interested in our research project that involves particle physics and learning more about Quark-Gluon Plasma
Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, walks, gym, playing softball, and taking dog to the park.

Mentor: Isobel Kolbe
Research Project: Monte Carlo jet simulations in small colliding systems

Michael Sanchez

Senior in Biophysics

Research Interests: I am very interested in Radiotrophic Fungus and understanding the properties that allow it to thrive in radioactive environments. I am also interested in genetics and DNA itself for regulation, editing, and data storage purposes.
Hobbies: I like lifting weights, folding origami, and soccer. 

Mentor: David Masiello
Research Project: Theoretical and Numerical Approaches to Nano-Optical Materials Modeling

Sam Puentes

Sophomore Interested in Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests: I am passionate about theoretical physics, astronomy, and programming models of the first two.
When I’m not reading/solving physics, I make music. I find inspiration from artists like Diplo, Louis the Child, and Flume

Mentor: Peter Rau
Research Project: Neutron star interface modes at superfluid s-wave/p-wave pairing phase transition.