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Math Science Upward Bound, University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington


DaveDave Wolczyk

David Wolczyk is the Director of the University of Washington Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) Program. He started in TRIO 18 years ago as a Tutor and Instructor at Columbia College in Chicago and since then has been an Instructor for the University of Washington Upward Bound (UB) Program and the Science and Technology Coordinator for UW UB and TRIO Training grants. He has taught courses on a wide variety of Science, Technology, and test-prep topics and pioneered the first Computer Assembly and Design course for TRIO students in 2001.

A TRIO Trainer since 1998, he has trained TRIO Staff from around the country on new techniques and best practices for using technology. He was a principal architect of the highly regarded UW TRIO Training online training, and has been a member of the TRIO Quest Advisory Committee since 2000. He studied Biology as an undergraduate, Evolutionary Genetics in graduate school, and spent a year abroad as a Watson Fellow in Europe conducting independent research on Acid Rain. Published works include articles in the Journal of Educational Opportunity, Genetics, and Science.

Dave loves spending his free time with his family or escaping to the mountains for skiing, hiking, cycling, or climbing.


Helen Chyz

Helen Chyz recently graduated from the University of Washington’s College of Education with a Master’s degree in Leadership in Higher Education. She previously worked in admissions at a private liberal arts college in the Midwest, counseling students from the Northwest, New England, and international students through their admissions process. She also read UW undergraduate applications as a graduate assistant. During her Master’s program, Helen primarily focused on college access and how various student populations navigate higher education systems.

Helen teaches the UW STEMsub college prep course in the Summer Academy. During the school year, she advises students on getting ready for college, applying to colleges, writing skills, and other academic needs. Outside of the office, she teaches indoor cycling classes at the IMA and enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially when food is involved!



Michael Coats

Michael Coats spent the past two years teaching math, robotics, and social studies to middle school and high school students.  Prior to that, he worked for 11 years as a modeling and simulation engineer, and holds master’s degrees in teaching and applied mathematics.  During that time, he volunteered in the schools as part of the Boeing After School Program.  He served in the US Navy for four years, and has lived in many places around the US and Europe.

Michael is the Curriculum Coordinator for Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub).  Michael also tutors UW STEMsub students in math, physics, and chemistry.
Michael also enjoys reading and watching science fiction, playing board games and video games, and Chicago sports (Cubs/Bulls/Bears/Blackhawks)!  He also plays trombone in his community orchestra.


HuyHuy Hoang

Huy Hoang is the Academic Coordinator for the UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) Program. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and master’s degree in Education with a credential in Physics from UCLA. He comes with over 15 years of science teaching experience in Los Angeles and has worked as an advisor in the AVID and International Baccalaureate Programs. His recent move to Seattle led to his work as a Learning Specialist and Upward Bound Teacher for the TRIO program at South Seattle College and is now excited to be a part of the STEMsub team at UW.

Huy is passionate about service, traveling, and most of all running. He has completed countless marathons/ultramarathons and is aspiring to complete an Ironman. He owes a lot of his passion to his work with the Rotary Club and SRLA (Students Run LA), a marathon and mentorship program program that not only prepares students to complete the LA Marathon, but also for life. He truly believes in the education of the whole person — mind, body, and spirit, and follows the motto that, “life should encompass meaningful experiences, strong community, and growth.”


JANA ChieuJana

Jana is the Counselling Services Coordinator with UW STEMsub and has been involved with the program since 2013. As a Counselling Services Coordinator, Jana helps with the day to day operations of the UW STEMsub program. She is also an alumna of the first cohort of the STEMsub program and graduated from the University of Washington – Bothell campus with a degree in Health Studies and minors in Health Education & Promotion and Consciousness, Creativity & Science.

When Jana is not working with UW STEMsub, she enjoys a very active lifestyle partaking in activities such as tennis, hiking, and swimming.


Samias N. Tsegaytsegay-samias

Samias is the technology assistant with UW STEMsub and an Undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is passionate about his field and also helps with tutoring. When he is not busy studying and or working, he enjoys playing sports such as basketball, football and soccer.


Anthony A. ZamarripaAnthony

Anthony is the student technology assistant for UW STEMsub, and an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Washington. He is enthusiastic and has experience tutoring math, physics, and chemistry. Prior to attending college, Anthony served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power plant operator. Some of his hobbies includes piano, fitness, and video games.


Nicole AtmadjaNicole

Nicole is the student technology student assistant for UW STEMsub and a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at the University of Washington. She is passionate about blending her love of engineering and teaching together. Some of her hobbies includes climbing, piano, and writing.