Meet with an OUR Advisor

Schedule an Appointment

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

Appointments can be made via the Nexus System. OUR advisors can be found under “Enrichment Programs.” Note: During the summer, appointments are scheduled via email. Please send a message to one of the advisors listed below to arrange an appointment.

Phone and Skype appointments are available for students at the Regional Campuses or those who are studying abroad. If requesting a phone or Skype appointment, please provide contact information in your appointment request.


Drop-In Hours

Have a quick question? Stop in during our drop-in hours to speak with an OUR advisor!

Fall 2018 Drop-In Hours:
Mondays, 1:00PM-2:00PM in Rowe 409
Thursdays, 1:00PM-2:00PM in Rowe 403
Fridays, 1:00PM-2:00PM in Rowe 401

You can also contact the office by phone or email.
Phone: (860) 486-7939
Email: our@uconn.edu


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, the SHARE Award Program, 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 or contact her at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program, UConn IDEA Grant Program, SHARE Awards
Offers general undergraduate research advising

Jodi Eskin, MA is a program coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Mrs. Eskin helps administer OUR’s range of award programs and coordinates the two annual Frontiers in Undergraduate Research exhibitions. She also processes award applications and disbursements. Jodi graduated with a BS in biology and obtained her master’s degree in kinesiology. You can find her in Rowe 403 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, ISA Awards, OUR Supply Awards, OUR Travel Awards, Work-Study Research Assistant Program
Offers general undergraduate research advising

Rowena Grainger, PhD is the STEM Fellowships Advisor in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships and the Health Research Program Advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research. 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 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, PhD is the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. 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 or contact her at caroline.mcguire@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: SURF Awards
Offers general undergraduate research advising