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We believe in enabling and supporting others so that they can pursue their passions and achieve their dreams. We have been grateful for the opportunity to work with a number of programs committed to increasing representation in STEM of women and underrepresented minorities. If you are interested in working with the Nance lab to coordinate a demo, webinar, tutorial, or Q&A session for K-12 students that focuses on the fields of nanomedicine, treating brain disease and brain injury, nanotechnology, data sciences in biomedical applications, fluorescent imaging, or related areas, please email

The College of Engineering Math Academy helps students develop the math and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in engineering and exposes students to a variety of examples of engineering in practice. Open to all students from Washington state, the Math Academy especially targets underrepresented minorities in engineering including African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander and female students. The Nance lab has provided Math Academy workshops focused on nanotechnology related fundamentals, covering topics of colloids, solutions, polymers, and drug delivery, since 2015. 


STEMM Prep Project, founded by Dr. Moses Williams, is a vehicle for producing multiple generations of minority researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine (STEMM). It is a unique training paradigm, which utilizes an early start model for a national pool of minority high achievers, a longitudinal training continuum (10 years) and a multi-institutional mentorship approach. Students begin the training program as early as 7th grade and continue through college while rotating during summers through collaborating institutions' labs. The UW hosts students in their 11th and 12th grade rotations, and the Nance lab has been fortunate enough to work with some amazing young and inspirational minds through this program. 


Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) was founded in January of 2016 with the primary purpose of educating, empowering, and advocating for women in chemical engineering, and their supporters, by providing a safe and open space for dialogue, mentorship, collaboration, camaraderie, and skill building through professional development, community networking, and outreach to primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. We are a group of undergraduate, graduate, faculty and professional women in chemical engineering, as well as male allies. We are a tight-knit community that supports diversity and strives for excellence in our field. Interested in starting a WChE site at your university? Please contact Elizabeth at for information.

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