Staff & Contacts

The REFUGES team includes coordinators, tutors, and evaluators.

Program contacts are below:

REFUGES afterschool program: Nadia Jassim (REFUGES Project Coordinator)

Summer science bridge program: Allyson Rocks (CSME Academic Coordinator)

General inquiries about REFUGES: Tino Nyawelo (REFUGES Director)


Tino Nyawelo

Director of Diversity & Recruitment and Assistant Professor (Lecturer) (Physics and Astronomy)

REFUGES Director

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Dr. Tino S. Nyawelo, an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in theoretical physics at the University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been at the U since 2007. His main area of research deals with (quantum) field theory, supersymmetry and gravity.

In 1998, Dr. Nyawelo obtained his master’s degree in theoretical high energy physics at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Free University of Amsterdam in 2004. In 2012, Dr. Nyawelo founded an outreach program called REFUGES with the University of Utah’s Center for Science & Mathematics Education. REFUGES supports underrepresented students through after-school programs for middle and high school students and a summer science “bridge” course for incoming college freshmen. Dr. Nyawelo also coordinates the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Nadia Jassim

REFUGES Project Coordinator

REFUGES afterschool program

Allyson Rocks

Academic Coordinator

REFUGES Bridge,  MSSST, Elementary STEM Endorsement, Teacher Research Fellows, Workshop on Earth Science