Dr. Susan Rowe

Director of Precollege Programs

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Susan Rowe joined Precollege Programs and the SMILE team with a diverse array of professional experiences in science education research and practice in informal learning settings (e.g. museums, zoos, aquariums, and other out-of-school learning settings such as our very own STEM afterschool clubs). She holds a doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on environmental education from OSU; a master’s degree in Animal Ecology with a focus on environmental literacy from Iowa State University; and a double degree in Biology and Education from Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, her home university in Brazil.

Susan has worked as a K-12 science teacher in Brazil and at various education venues the US, developing curriculum and delivering science education programs. As a science education scholar, her research focuses on conservation education from a critical environmental literacy standpoint and via community engaged models. Prior to joining our team, she filled the role of OSU Carnegie Community Engagement Reclassification Project Manager helping collect, analyze and document important aspects of OSU’s institutional mission, identity and commitments to outreach and engagement, engaged scholarship, teaching and service. As a first-generation student and a Latina woman in science, Susan is also committed to help build equitable pathways for success for underserved students in STEM and STEM education. She is focused on bridging her research, education and community engagement skills to support the mission of Precollege Programs and SMILE.

Phone: 541-737-3553

Jay Well

Associate Director

Jay Well is the Associate 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.

Phone: 541-737-4651

Dr. Adam Talamantes

Program Coordinator

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.

Phone: 541-737-6422

Dr. Dominique Brooks

Program Coordinator

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.

Phone: 541-737-9410


Kami Hammerschmith

Administrative Program Specialist

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.

Phone: 541-737-0534

Amy Mallozzi

SMILE Graduate Assistant

Amy Mallozzi is a former Peace Corps Mozambique volunteer with a Master's in Oceanography from Louisiana State University and MAT from Loyola University. The only thing she likes more than looking at phytoplankton under a microscope is working towards equity in science. She was a biology teacher, science fair coordinator, and academic coach in New Orleans for 4 years, where most of their lessons somehow ended up circling back to whales or dinosaurs. AJ is a PhD candidate in STEM Education at OSU.

Phone: (541)-737-2213

Alyssa Pratt

Media and Branding Student Assistant

Alyssa is an undergraduate student studying Biochemistry and Computer Science at OSU. In the past, she has worked as an instructor with out-of-school programs that engage K-12 students in computer science and the general sciences. She has also directed multimedia projects such as booklets and videos that explain concepts to general audiences. With SMILE and Precollege Programs, she is excited to integrate her passions in science, education, and media design to create content for the OSU community and beyond.

Isabella Regis

Media and Branding Student Assistant

Isabella is an undergraduate student studying Digital Communication Arts and Marketing at OSU. She has previously worked in social media coordinating for OSPIRG Campus Action, a program focused on protecting the environment and public health. She hopes to apply her marketing strategies and communication skills to create content that effectively broadcasts the mission of the SMILE and Precollege Programs at Oregon State. 

Brooke Gabor

Media and Branding Student Assistant

Brooke is an undergraduate student majoring in Digital Communication Arts at OSU. She has previously worked as a camp counselor at Southern Oregon University’s ACADEMY program, as well as volunteered with other youth organizations such as choirs and day camps in her hometown. Through SMILE and the Precollege Programs, Brooke is looking forward to combining her passion for youth education with all she has learned about digital media to support the programs and the greater OSU community.