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Jackie Wirz, Phd

Jackie Wirz is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and the Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at Oregon Health & Science University. She earned her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and has a B.S. from Oregon State University in Biochemistry & Biophysics. Jackie is dedicated to helping students be thrive both during their tenure as students and as new professionals after graduation. As such, she strives to provide innovative services that support student success.  Working closely with student, postdoctoral and faculty organizations, she created the Career and Professional Development Center to centralize and grow programs that will facilitate the academic and professional success of graduate students at Oregon Health & Science University.  Her research career has spanned 15 years and has covered diverse topics such as transcriptional regulation, macromolecular structure determination, collagen biophysics and DNA repair. Her professional interests include information, data, and knowledge management, as well as the publishing paradigms of researchers. She lectures on a variety of topics including professional skill development, data management, data science, scholarly publication ethics, research impact and semantic technologies, and research communication. She is a trained confidential advocate for victims of harassment and abuse, and has developed and funded programs to educate students, faculty, and staff on sexual harassment. Jackie is a strong proponent of science outreach and has developed programs and grants designed to promote scientific, data, and information literacy. Jackie believes in evolution, salted caramel buttercream and Jane Eyre.

Catherine M. Millett


Biographical summary, Catherine M. Millett (; 609.734.5866)

Catherine Millett is a senior research scientist in the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at ETS. Her research focuses on the factors leading to postsecondary readiness, access, success and completion for first generation, low-income, and minority students.  She is the Chair of the Global Access to Postsecondary (GAPS) Executive Committee.

Millett has led four major evaluations focused on postsecondary readiness, access, success and completion.  One project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was the evaluation of the “New Careers in Nursing” Program conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This program focused on expanding opportunities in nursing through accelerated second bachelor’s degree programs.  Another projected, funded by Princeton University, examined Princeton University Preparatory Program’s (PUPP) work with local public high school students to prepare for selective college admissions and success.  A third project funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant was the evaluation of “The Gaining Options for College Collaborative” program which worked with public high school students in Erie, PA and Louisville, KY to prepare them for college admissions.  For a decade, she co-led the evaluation of the Goldman Sachs Foundation’s Signature Initiative “Developing High-Potential Youth" which sought to prepare students for selective universities in the United States, Ireland, England and South Africa.  

Millett has a strong interest in graduate education particularly at the doctoral level.  She is co-author of the book Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph.D. which is based on a research study of over 9,000 doctoral students at 21 universities.

Millett directed the “Addressing Achievement Gaps” symposium series for ETS.  Her last event was “Promoting Promising Practices for Black Male Success,” a four-part series, with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC that examined the factors contributing to and inhibiting the academic achievement of Black boys and young men.  

Millett is a member of the Millhill Child & Family Development Center Corporation Board of Trustees located in Trenton, NJ and Princeton Family YMCA Board of Directors located in Princeton, New Jersey.




Keynote Speaker, 2019

Jackie Wirz, PhD