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 is a graduate student in the Leadership in Higher Education Program in UW’s College of Education, and he serves as the Adviser & Program Coordinator with URP. 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.

Tiffany Pan profile photoTiffany Pan

Graduate Student Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Tiffany is graduate student in the concurrent Biocultural Anthropology Ph.D. and Epidemiology MPH program. Her research interest is in evolutionary medicine, and she is especially fascinated by the links between biology, behavior, and environment and their collective effects on human health. Her own undergraduate experience at Duke University led her to her passion for research, and she is very excited about helping other students find ways to apply their formal education to solving real-world problems. Tiffany also bleeds Duke Blue.

Kyle Kilmer profile photoKyle Kilmer

Undergraduate Student Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Kyle is a junior studying Biology with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the NASA Space Grant Scholar community at UW and has been involved in undergraduate research through her experience studying proteins in a UW Pharmacology lab and through participation in the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Outside of academics, Kyle enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors in nature.