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.

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Qanani Kalil

Coordinator and Adviser, Undergraduate Research Program

Qanani earned a B.S in Psychology from Portland State University and a Masters in Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Washington. During graduate school, Qanani worked as a Graduate Student Assistant in UW’s Pipeline Project, which matches UW undergrads with tutoring and leadership opportunities in high needs Seattle-area schools. Prior to joining URP, Qanani was an adviser in the Department of Law, Societies and Justice. Before that, she was at South Seattle College, where she worked as an adviser for transfer students in their TRiO Student Support Services Office.

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Faith Nyakundi

Adviser, Undergraduate Research Program

Faith Nyakundi is a Master’s student in International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, with an interest in cybersecurity, diplomacy, negotiations and transnational feminism. She is a 2019-2020 International Fellow with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), an organization that is supporting her through her Master’s thesis research. She also serves as a Cybersecurity Policy Research Fellow in a multi-disciplinary cybersecurity initiative at the Jackson School. Faith attended Whitman College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Since then, Faith has been an advocate for underrepresented students, amplifying their voices through different projects and initiatives. On-campus, she has participated in the GO-MAP program, volunteered for the FIUTS SUSI program and been involved in the student senate. She is a strong advocate for women’s and girls’ rights. In the past, Faith worked for the YWCA, Walla Walla, as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate and in fundraising. She was also their 2019 Annual Luncheon keynote speaker. She is excited to be joining the Undergraduate Research Program team!

Juandalyn BurkeJuandalyn Burke

Graduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Juandalyn is a doctoral student in the Biomedical and Health Informatics program in the department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education. Her research focuses on infectious disease, specifically HIV, drug resistance and network-based modeling.  Her work aims to use pharmacogenomic data to model HIV-drug resistance dynamics in areas of sub-Saharan Africa.  Additionally, her work involves creating a computer-based simulation of an antiretroviral treatment optimization routine that assists in finding new strategies to reduce HIV-drug resistance in the population. Juandalyn’s research interests evolved from her experiences as an undergraduate conducting research on the bioremediation of acid mine drainage in coal mining sites using a predictive neural network-based decision support system. With both a love for research, and a rich background in science, technology, and math, Juandalyn hopes to help guide undergraduate students on their prospective paths at UW and beyond.

Undergraduate Staff smilingJeamel Alday

Undergraduate Staff Assistant, Undergraduate Research Program

Jeamel is currently a Junior and is studying Biochemistry. This year, he is participating in the Pipeline’s Alternative Spring Break program in which he’ll be going to a school to tutor students from K-12 and plans on doing it until he graduates. He enjoys working with students and hopes that he can find a career that involves biochemistry and student interactions.

Intern Staff in front of leaves Daisy Parra

Graduate Student Intern, Undergraduate Research Program

Daisy earned her B.A. in American Studies and is a first-year Master in Public Health student in the Department of Health Services with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Most recently she worked for the Intensive Care Nursery Follow Up Program coordinating developmental evaluations for children discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit and collaborating with other research studies in the organization. Her research interests include childhood obesity, diabetes, reproductive health and social determinants of health. Daisy is excited to be part of the URP team and help support undergraduate students in their research endeavors.