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.

Tracy Nyerges profile picTracy Nyerges

Assistant Director, 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 a proud UW Husky dedicated to promoting undergraduate research opportunities and to advising students pursuing their interests and goals. Tracy received her Master of Social Work degree at the UW in 2009 with a concentration in direct practice in medical settings and has worked as a Per Diem Medical Social Worker. She enjoys cooking, exercising, rooting for the KU Jayhawks, and spending time with her very active toddler.

Lauren Brohawn profile picLauren Brohawn

Program Coordinator & Adviser, Undergraduate Research Program

Lauren has an academic background in Wildlife Conservation and received her Master of Education from UW. She contributes her years of professional experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, event planning, and program coordination to URP.

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.