Dave WolczykDave

David Wolczyk is the Director of the University of Washington Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) Program. He started in TRIO 20+ 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 is the Academic Advisor for UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub).  It is her goal that every STEMsub student will graduate high school ready to attend the best fit college for them.  This includes not just being accepted to college, but understanding more about the systems of higher education that exist.  Helen has experience working in college admissions, where she evaluated student applications, attended college fairs, and even visited some of the STEMsub high schools!  She also earned a Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Leadership in Higher Education, where she primarily focused on college access and higher education pathways. With STEMsub, Helen teaches the college prep course during 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 enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Zoe!

JanaJana Chieu

Jana Chieu is the Counseling Services Coordinator with UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) and has been involved with the program since it started, in 2013. As the Counseling Services Coordinator, Jana helps with the day to day operations of the UW STEMsub program. She is an alumna of the first cohort of the UW STEMsub program and graduated from the University of Washington – Bothell campus with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and minors in Health Education & Promotion and Consciousness, Creativity & Science.  Jana also has a Master’s degree in Nutrition from The National University of Natural Medicine.

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

Sarah Sweger

Sarah Sweger is a STEM Tutor with UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) and has been involved with the program since 2019 as a Section Instructor for the Summer Academy. During the academic year, Sarah helps students with their STEM (math, chemistry, physics, computer science) coursework both in-person and online. Sarah recently finished her PhD in Chemistry at UW – Seattle.

When Sarah is not working with UW STEMsub, she enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with her dog and 2 cats!

Emmy Ngo

Emmy Ngo is a Student Office Assistant for UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) and has been involved with the program since 2018. Emmy is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying Computer Science with a minor in Education, Learning, & Society. As an Office Assistance, she supports the UW MSUB staff on program activities/projects with her background as an alumna of the program.

Emmy enjoys her free time with her three dogs at home, having creative photoshoots, or trying new food recipes.

Azeneth Flores

Azeneth (Aze) Flores is a Student Office Assistant for UW STEMsub and has been involved with the program since 2020. Azeneth is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington intending on majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and minor in Spanish. As an Office Assistant, Azeneth provides support for the UW STEMsub staff as a previous alumna of the program. 

In her free time, Azeneth enjoys playing with her dog, watching her favorite shows, and crocheting.  

Zohaib Javed

Zohaib Javed is a Technology Assistant at UWMSUB and joined in Summer 2022. As a Tech Assistant, Zohaib helps ensure that laptops, software, and cameras are ready for use by students in the MSUB program. Zohaib is also currently a student at UW pursuing a major in Informatics and has previous experience in the classroom with network equipment.

When not on campus, Zohaib enjoys going on road trips, going out with friends, and working on cars from time to time.

Varun Vijayababu

I’m a freshman at UW Seattle, studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. I help on the technology side for UW STEMsub, and I also tutor in math and physics. Prior to being on the STEMsub team, I ran a tutoring organization that helped students get additional help outside of school during the COVID pandemic. I currently am involved in robotics and AI research.

My favorite hobbies are rock climbing, hiking, and playing video games.