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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 drop-in advising (see details below), 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. Undergraduate research advising appointments can be made on this page in the Nexus System.

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 Advising

Have a question about getting started in undergraduate research? Stop in during our drop-in hours to speak with an OUR advisor or Peer Research Ambassador!

Fall 2019 Drop-In Hours:
Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM in Rowe 213, September 10-November 19
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 PM in Rowe 420, September 13-November 22


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 – Change Grants, 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 110 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 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

Liza Boritz, Ed.M., PhD Candidate directs the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Ms. Boritz is available to advise undergraduates interested in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, 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 or contact her at liza.boritz@uconn.edu.
Key contact for: BOLD Women’s Leadership Network
Offers general undergraduate research advising

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