Jim Gawel wins 2016 Community Engagement Award

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Dr. Gawel recognized for "sustained commitment to social change through teaching and research."

School of IAS Associate Professor Jim Gawel was recognized for his work in the community with a 2016 UW Tacoma Community Engagement Award.

The commendation reads, in part:

Dr. Gawel has devoted himself and his faculty position to creating connections and building pathways for students in local communities to move into careers in the sciences. He has done this by building a pipeline for student access to the sciences through public engagement and education, and through creating higher education/K-14 partnerships.

Highlights include sustained workshops and partnerships with community college faculty; launching the South Sound Sustainability Expo, which is now a showpiece for the City of Tacoma’s Office of Sustainability; working with Tacoma high school students on scientific research projects; and long-standing work with middle school students to interest them in science and scientific inquiry.  This work has resulted not only in foundation funding, a film festival, and numerous student presentations, but also in the generation of interest in scientific work by students of all ages.  This is most evident in current UW Tacoma students who first worked with Dr. Gawel in middle school!

The 2016 Community Engagement Award Committee commends Dr. Gawel for his sustained commitment to social change through teaching and research.

Watch his short presentation on "Building a K-16 Science Community through Authentic Research Collaborations."



Written by: 
Meridith Hatch / November 16, 2016