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OUR advisors are available to talk with you about OUR programs and funding opportunities, as well as assist you with finding opportunities on and off campus that fit with your goals and interests.

Undergraduate research advising appointments can help you take the next steps in your search for research opportunities or project funding. If you are looking for advising on how to get started in undergraduate research, we strongly encourage you to attend an OUR Getting Started workshop, go to group drop-in advising with the Peer Research Ambassadors (see details here), and/or review the Students/Get Started section of the OUR website prior to meeting with an OUR staff member for a 1:1 advising appointment. By doing some initial exploration and reflection prior to your advising appointment, you’ll be better prepared for the advising conversation and maximize its benefit to you.

All OUR Advisors are currently working on hybrid schedules. Both in-person and virtual advising appointments are available. Advising appointments can be made on this page in the Nexus System.

  • If you would like to schedule an in-person appointment, select Undergraduate Research Advising (All Modalities). When you book the appointment, select the advisor’s office in Rowe as the appointment location.
  • If you would like to schedule a virtual or phone appointment, you can choose any of the appointments in Undergraduate Research Advising (Remote Modality) OR Undergraduate Research Advising (All Modalities). When you book the appointment, select either WebEx or phone for the appointment location.

Staff Profiles

Melissa Berkey, M.A.Ed. is the Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Ms. Berkey is available to advise undergraduates interested in the UConn IDEA Grant Program, UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program – Change Grants, the SHARE Award Program, SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships, and other OUR programs. Melissa received a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UConn and a bachelor’s degree in Social Services from Clark University. Prior to joining the Office of Undergraduate Research, Melissa worked as a career counselor in Undergraduate Career Services at Yale University. You can find Melissa in Rowe 409 (on Tuesdays) or contact her at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program – Change Grants, UConn IDEA Grant Program, SHARE Awards, SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships
Offers general undergraduate research advising

Liza Boritz, Ed.M., Ph.D. Candidate directs the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network and serves as an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Ms. Boritz is available to advise undergraduates interested in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network and the SURF Awards program, as well as learning about other OUR programs and initiatives. Liza is currently writing her dissertation in Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy in the Neag School of Education. She holds a Master’s in Education in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Liza graduated with her bachelor’s degree from UConn in Human Development and Family Relations. Prior to joining the Office of Undergraduate Research, Liza worked as an education and health policy specialist for The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, Eastern Highlands Health District, and Eastern Connecticut State University. You can find Liza in Rowe 109 (on Mondays and Tuesdays) or contact her at liza.boritz@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, SURF Awards
Offers general undergraduate research advising

Jodi Eskin, M.A. is a program coordinator and advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Mrs. Eskin manages many of OUR’s award programs (see list below) and coordinates the two annual Frontiers in Undergraduate Research exhibitions. Jodi graduated with a BS in biology from Cornell University and obtained her master’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Maryland. You can find her in Rowe 110 (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) or contact her at jodi.eskin@uconn.edu or our@uconn.edu with questions about how the Office of Undergraduate Research can help fund your research!
Key contact for: Frontiers exhibitions, OUR Conference Presentation Awards, OUR Supply Awards, OUR Research Travel Awards, SURF Awards, Work-Study Research Assistant Program
Offers general undergraduate research advising

Rowena Grainger, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Research and Fellowship Programs in Enrichment Programs. She manages the Health Research Program in the Office of Undergraduate Research and advises students on STEM fellowships in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. Dr. Grainger is a two-time alumna of the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a doctorate in Medical Pharmacology. With over ten years’ experience at the bench, the primary focus of her research has been on respiratory disease. Most recently, Rowena completed postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis in the Pulmonary Division, where she was involved in a drug discovery initiative to identify small molecules that would target mucous production in the airway. You can find Rowena in Rowe 405 (on Mondays) or contact her at rowena.grainger@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: Health Research Program
Offers advising on STEM Fellowships and the Health Research Program only

Caroline McGuire, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Executive Director of Enrichment Programs. Dr. McGuire is available to talk with faculty members and undergraduates about anything to do with undergraduate research and/or OUR’s programs and services. Caroline majored in French as an undergraduate at Princeton University and completed her PhD in Education (Reading/Writing/Literacy) at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focused on the nature of young children’s discussion of the visual and verbal elements of picturebooks and the influence of these experiences on their development as readers and writers. She managed several academic departments and graduate programs at the University of California, Irvine before coming to UConn. You can find her in Rowe 401 (on Tuesdays) or contact her at caroline.mcguire@uconn.edu.
Offers general undergraduate research advising