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Director: Dr. SueAnn I. Bottoms
Dr. SueAnn I. Bottoms is committed to creating accessible, inclusive, and equitable STEM opportunities for children and families. She is passionate about providing outreach that is culturally responsive and able to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. She has been involved extensively in STEM partnerships and particularly interested in how partnerships can reshape and reframe how STEM is defined, who has access to STEM and who participates in STEM.
SueAnn came to OSU in 2000 to work for the SMILE program, when she completed her Ph.D. in Science Education in 2007, she moved into the College of Education, first as the Department Chair and then as an assistant professor of science education preparing educators in formal and informal settings. Becoming Director of Precollege Programs is coming full circle. She will continue to focus on partnership opportunities that support a more inclusive vision of STEM.
Assistant Director: Jay Well
Jay Well is the Assistant Director of the Science Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program at Oregon State University. After spending seven years researching wildlife genetics, genomics, and population health, Jay discovered his passion for working to advance equal access to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curriculum and opportunities for rural underserved students. Over the past 10 years, Jay has worked toward that goal through creating innovative teacher professional development and linking K-12 teachers and students to OSU research, faculty, and students. This effort works to establish a pathway to success for SMILE students as they transition through K-12, college, and then on to STEM careers. Outside of the office Jay can be found spending time with his family or running on local trails.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Adam Talamantes
Dr. Adam Talamantes has been involved with the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program for several years. His graduate research revolved around integrating project-based learning into SMILE’s summer bridge program and evaluating the impact of the summer bridge program on college self-efficacy. His research also focused on building community-university partnerships to support out-of-school time STEM education. Currently, he is working closer with SMILE as a Program Coordinator.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Dominique Brooks
Dr. Dominique Brooks is dedicated to improving the lives of underrepresented youth, primarily through working towards equitable access to education and enrichment opportunities. This often includes informing, preparing youth for, and providing some of these opportunities. In graduate school, Dr. Brooks researched ways to increase the rate of underrepresented students pursuing STEM career through higher education. In her current role, she is focused on growing the reach and impact of Precollege Programs.
Research Program Coordinator: Brendan Williams
Brendan Williams manages the financial and research operations of SMILE and Precollege Programs, including long-term planning, grant writing and reporting, project coordination and evaluation, and overseeing fiscal processes and procedures. He enjoys problem-solving and working with our many school district partners, grantors, and other stakeholders. He earned an accounting degree from the University of Connecticut, and worked for community-based organizations while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Alaska and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
Administrative Program Specialist: Kami Hammerschmith
Kami Hammerschmith has worked at Oregon State University for more than 20 years, previously with Orange Media Network/Student Media. She provides administrative support for Precollege Programs and The SMILE Program. Kami is also a proud OSU alumni.