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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.


Dena jones

Dena Jones has worked as an academic advisor for over 8 years preparing students to successfully pursue a variety of colleges and majors. She has a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

“As a first generation student and a UW graduate, I understand how difficult navigating the college experience can be. I look forward to helping students discover their field of interest, academic pathway and career possibilities through the UW STEmsub program.”

Dena’s graduate studies concentrated on the evolving sociological and psychological shifts in young people today. Generally referred to as “Emerging Adults,” this group is significantly different from preceding generations, particularly in the way they navigate the educational system. She believes that understanding the goals and the values of this generation is essential to pointing out pathways that ultimately lead to student success.

Dena teaches the UW STEMsub college prep course during the Summer Academy. She also provides academic advising, tutoring in writing, and assists with a variety of college prep workshops during the school year.

The highlight of her day (other than advising students) is running along the waterfront with her Cocker Spaniel Sophia.



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.


YoshikoYoshiko Ueda

Yoshi has been involved with TRIO since 2009 working with the University of Washington’s TRIO Training and Upward Bound Programs. As Program Coordinator for both programs, she is on the front line for each and is excited to begin a similar role for the Math Science Upward Bound Program. She is also a past student of Upward Bound and enjoys seeing the inner workings and being on the other side as a TRIO professional. She believes TRIO programs have a large impact on the lives of students and likes that she has a part in it.

When Yoshi is not acting as Program Coordinator, she enjoys finding cheap and delicious eats, listening to, discovering, and discussing all things music, and making mental notes of wacky situations to use in a future sitcom or book.

JANA Chieuchieu-jana

Jana is a student program assistant with UW STEMsub and has been involved with the program since 2013. She is an alumna of the first cohort of the program and is currently a student at the University of Washington – Bothell campus pursuing a degree in Health Studies with aspirations of becoming a nutritionist.

When Jana is not studying or 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 tech 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, foot ball and soccer.


Daniel Shin

Daniel is the tech assistant with UW STEMsub and an Undergraduate student in Business Administration at the University of Washington. He is passionate about accounting and information systems. When he is not busy studying and  or working, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and riding his bike on the Burke-Gilman Trail.