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Jalal Nawash

Undergraduate Research Program

Office phone: 262-472-1296
Office location: 11 McCutchan Hall


Dr. Nawash Received a B.Sc. in Physics in 1993, and then a M.Sc. in solid-state physics in 1997, then worked as a high school teacher for three years. Dr. Nawash came to the United States in 1999 for more graduate school. The year after, he received a M.A. in Physics, then joined the doctoral program in Physics/Materials Engineering at Washington State University in 2001. His research focus is crystal growth of optoelectronic and laser materials. Dr. Nawash graduated in 2007, then worked at Gonzaga University for two years as a physics faculty. He joined University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 2009 as tenure track faculty in the physics department. 

Dr. Nawash strongly believes in High Impact Practices (HIP) in higher education. He considers undergraduate research to be one of the most important programs. He became the co-associate director of the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in 2016. His main responsibility was running the Research Apprentice Program (RAP). His interest in helping students grew exponentially during this short period of time, particularly helping them get involved in research at early stages. Currently, he is the director of URP.