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Janice DeCosmo

Janice DeCosmo

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research; Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

In addition to her role with URP, Janice is also an affiliate faculty member in the UW's department of Earth and Space Sciences, having earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 specializing in atmosphere-ocean interaction. She has taught science at all grade levels from kindergarten through university, and more recently has focused on helping university faculty find ways to include undergraduates in their research and to integrate research into their teaching. Janice became director of URP in 2000. She is the campus representative and an elected councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and an elected member of the board of governors of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Her UW responsibilities include oversight of the Mary Gates Endowment for Students and providing leadership to the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity.

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris

Director, Undergraduate Research Program

Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UW College of Education in 2004. Her dissertation research was on the history of community participation in urban school reform in Seattle during the civil rights era. Jennifer joined URP in autumn of 2005 and her prior professional positions have focused on access, retention, and assessment issues along various levels of the educational continuum-including work with McNair Scholars and Early Identification Program students at the UW.

Tracy Nyerges

Tracy Nyerges

Special Programs Coordinator and Adviser, Undergraduate Research Program

Tracy joined URP in 2007 with over 5 years of professional academic experience at multiple universities. She has helped to coordinate nationally funded Psychology research projects for The University of Missouri, The University of Pittsburgh, and The University of Vermont. She is now a proud UW Husky dedicated to promoting undergraduate research opportunities and advising special programs students. Tracy received her Master of Social Work degree at the UW with a concentration in direct practice in medical settings and is also a Per Diem Medical Social Worker.

Lauren Brohawn

Lauren Brohawn

Program Coordinator & Adviser, Undergraduate Research Program

Biography coming soon.

Jacob Deppen

Graduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Jacob is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology (Archaeology) at the UW. For his dissertation, he is studying the interactions between indigenous and non-local Mediterranean cultures in Mallorca, Spain from 2000 BC - AD 1. He will be co-leading a field project in Mallorca in 2014. He has also participated in archaeology projects in Ohio, Hungary, and Puget Sound. Jacob received a B.A. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2008 and an M.A. in Anthropology from the UW in 2010. In his spare time, he can be found celebrating all things Buckeye.

Alexa Erdogan

Undergraduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Alexa Erdogan is a junior studying Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine and research. As a science enthusiast, she contributes to and participates in numerous scientific outreach events for organizations on campus. Alexa also serves as a writer, editor, and illustrator for the university's undergraduate neuroscience research journal, Grey Matters.