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CWU GEAR UP Virtual Summer Speaker Series 2020

Welcome! CWU GEAR UP is excited to offer our current GEAR UP students an opportunity to learn more about higher education including: undergraduate research, STEM majors/minors, and career/university resources.  

After watching each talk, you will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple ipad! The more videos you watch, the more chances you have to win.*

Next steps. 

1. Register to access the speaker presentation. New videos will be available each month.

2. Watch the entire talk. The videos will be availalbe until August 31.

3. In September, we will select a winner(s) from each of the 11 GEAR UP schools! 

*Note: You will recieve one entry for viewing each unique talk.


Speaker Presentation Title On-Demand Video Release Date Registration Information

Michael Gonzalez, CWU Undergraduate Student, Computer Science

"The National Security Agency's Codebreaker Challenge" 

List of Resources

June 10

Link to Talk

Cortnea Austin, CWU Graduate Student, Biology "The Fascinating World of Mexican Turtle Ants" June 10

Link to Talk

Mariana Gonzalez, CWU Undergraduate Student, English "La Llorona (Weeping Woman) and U.S. Latino Culture" June 23

Link to Talk


Speaker Presenentation Title On-Demand Video Release Date Registration Link
Jordan Ryckman, CWU Graduate Student, Biology "Sorex Shrews and the I-90 Animal Bridge Project" July 6 TBA
Jeronimo Silvas, CWU Undergradaute Student, Clinical Physiology and Spanish "Grounded: Delta Airlines and COVID-19" July 13 TBA
Dr. Vernon Damani Johnson, Professor, Western Washington University "Race, Equity and Protest" July 17 TBA


Speaker Presenentation Title On-Demand Video Release Date Registration Link

Miriam Bocchetti, Director, CWU CAMP

Juan Maravilla, Outreach Specialist, CAMP

"What is the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)?"  August 10

TBA (English version)

TBA (Spanish version)

Dr. Chuck Zimchek, Career Counselor, CWU "What to know about Career Services" August 10 TBA
TBA College Access Programs August 17 TBA

Bonus Videos 

Speaker Presenentation Title On-Demand Video Release Date Registration Link

CWU GEAR UP Student Ambassadors

Student Panel TBA TBA
TBA Health and Wellness TBA TBA