Undergraduate Research Program


Janice DeCosmo profile picJanice 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 profile picJennifer 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.

Jessica Salvador

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Program

Jessica serves as Assistant Director for the Undergraduate Research Program. Her scholarship, teaching, and professional experience focus on equity, access, and success to and within post-secondary education for first generation in college, low income, and bilingual students. Jessica completed her dissertation focused on the cases of seven first generation in college Chicana/o-Latino/a students and how they navigate higher education institutions to access undergraduate research. Previously, Jessica has served in various educational roles including Executive Director for a non-profit that serviced Latino families and as a secondary mathematics teacher and coordinator for a college prep program, AVID, in La Puente, California. Jessica earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a Masters in Education from the University of La Verne and Bachelors in Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dan HerbDan Herb

Adviser & Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Program

Dan recently earned his Master’s Degree in the Leadership in Higher Education Program in UW’s College of Education, and has served as the Adviser & Program Coordinator with URP since 2016. His professional background is in political organizing and non-profit administration after completing a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dan’s experience working with student interns at the University of Maryland led him to student affairs, and he hopes to create meaningful experiences for college students through their involvement in undergraduate research. Outside of UW, you can find Dan on the trail or next to the campfire exploring the natural beauty of the PNW.


Ian Kretzler

Graduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Ian is a graduate student in the archaeology program of UW’s Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the development of indigenous and collaborative approaches to archaeology, especially in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently working with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to understand how Native American communities from across western Oregon came together to create a new home on the Grand Ronde Reservation during the late nineteenth century. This project has benefited from the work of undergraduate researchers in the Pacific Northwest Archaeology Laboratory and the Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology training program. Ian’s interest in archaeology and Native American history began as an undergraduate researcher while at Whitman College, and he looks forward to helping UW undergraduates connect their passions with academic- and career-building opportunities.

Grecia-LealGrecia Leal Pardo

Undergraduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Grecia is a second-year undergraduate student double majoring in Classics and Drama who enjoys exploring different interests, both within her majors and outside them. She has been working as stage manager and assistant stage manager for various plays and participated in the Undergraduate Community Based Internship Program, volunteering at El Centro de la Raza. Grecia also participated in a summer seminar for the Homer Multitext Program which seeks to present textual transmission of the Iliad in a historical framework and digital format. Grecia’s explorations will help her to discover what she wants to do for graduate school, and she enjoys helping her fellow students explore their interests too.