Nicole Perry
Center for Undergraduate Research

KU announces 12 Graduate Research Consultants for fall semester

Fri, 09/25/2015

LAWRENCE — This fall, 12 Graduate Research Consultants will pair with instructors in a wide variety of fields to challenge undergraduate students to further develop their research skills through classroom-based projects.

The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program, administered by the University of Kansas Center for Undergraduate Research, is one of many initiatives at KU to expand experiential learning opportunities to a larger number of students. The GRC program provides financial support ($500) to a graduate student who works with a particular course to help design a research or creative project, mentor students and evaluate student learning. GRCs are expected to devote 30 hours over the course of the semester to facilitate the students’ projects. The goal of the program is to enable the instructor to require more demanding research and creative projects while providing more support for the students.

“The GRC program is one way we can introduce undergraduate research in the classroom,” said John Augusto, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research. “The instructors and GRCs have outlined innovative projects for their classes that aim to challenge their students and involve them in the type of intellectual inquiry that is at the core of a research university.”

Instructors and GRCs jointly applied for the awards in July, detailing the types of research activities they wanted to pursue in their classes and the learning outcomes they hoped to achieve through these projects. 

Applications for Spring 2016 GRCs are due Dec. 1. To learn more about the Center for Undergraduate Research or the Graduate Research Consultant Program, visit

GRC/instructor groups are listed below, along with course information:

Jeremy Burnison (GRC), doctoral student in speech-language-hearing, and Jonathan Brumberg (instructor), speech-language-hearing; a project with SPLH 462: Speech Science.

Frank Cabano (GRC), doctoral student in marketing, and Samer Sarofim (instructor), marketing; a project with MKTG 420: Integrated Marketing Communications.

Andrew Cleary (GRC), masters student in geography, and Robert Hagen (instructor), environmental studies; a project with EVRN 460: Field Ecology.

Emily Jones (GRC), doctoral student in sociology, and Joey Sprague (instructor), sociology; a project with SOC 177: What Gender is Your Jayhawk?

Bhargavi Krishnan (GRC), doctoral student in bioengineering, and Sara Wilson (instructor), mechanical engineering; a project with ME 682: System Dynamics and Control Systems.

Eric Lackey (GRC), doctoral student in film & media studies, and Kevin Willmott (instructor), film & media studies; a project with FMS 273: Basic Screenwriting.

Maria Teresa Martinez-Garcia (GRC), doctoral student in linguistics, and Joan Sereno (instructor), linguistics; a project with LING 110: Language and Mind.

David Minnick (GRC), doctoral student in chemical & petroleum engineering, and Andrew Duncan (instructor), chemical & petroleum engineering; a project with C&PE 512: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II.

Zhen Qin (GRC), doctoral student in linguistics, and Annie Tremblay (instructor), linguistics; a project with LING 415: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

Mary Rice (GRC), doctoral student in curriculum & teaching, and Heidi Hallman (instructor), curriculum & teaching; a project with C&T 540: Advanced Practices in Teaching English in Middle/ Secondary Schools.

Luis Rodriguez Cortes (GRC), doctoral student in Spanish & Portuguese, and Tamara Falicov (instructor), film & media studies; a project with FMS 177/LAA 177: Tropical Reels: Cuban Cinema.

Claire Schaeperkoetter (GRC), doctoral student in health, sport, & exercise science, and Francis ("Bernie") Kish (instructor), health, sport, & exercise science; a project with HSES 487: Personnel Mangement in Sport.

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