Find a mentor!

Dr. Mills Kelly, left, leads his historical methods class on a field trip to the Woodyard family cemetery.

Finding the right mentor can be a challenge, but we're here to help!

When contacting a potential mentor or department representative, keep the following in mind:

Be professional
  • Make an appointment ahead of time by sending an email to the professor that is professional and respectful. 
  • Keep your appointment! If a professor is going to mentor you, or recommend you to a colleague, you will need to demonstrate reliability.  

Be prepared
  • Come to the meeting knowing about the professor - find out their research interest and ideas.

Be interested
  • If you are interested in getting involved in the research or scholarly work in the department, ask about how they recommend you get involved.
  • Check out department webpages for undergraduate research links.
  • If you are interested in the professor's research, ask, rather than demand, if there are opportunities for you to work with her or him.

Be flexible
  • Don't be disappointed if the professor refers you to someone else. He or she may be looking for a different set of skills or otherwise unavailable. Thank them for the referral, and follow up! She or he will probably have told their colleague to look for you.
  • Don't expect to be immediately in charge of an entire project. Most of the time, you will begin by supporting a project or doing initial background research. This lets you learn about the research or creative project, and gives you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, responsibility, and reliability.
  • Some faculty post opportunities on HireMason: search Position Type for "Undergraduate Research project."

Be rewarded
There are several ways to be rewarded for your work on the project:
  • Volunteer: this gives the opportunity to prove yourself, a line on your resume, and usually leads to one of the other options.
  • Credit: ask about independent scholarly activities research credit, including the option of enrolling in OSCAR UNIV391 (for beginning work on a project) and UNIV491 (RS credit for a project). Both have 0 credit options so that they appear on your transcript but do not cost you additional tuition. 
  • Pay: rare, and usually only for faculty who have grants
  • Apply to be a part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program: This is a competitive project for students who have developed a research or creative project, with a defined scholarly question, method for answering the question, and product when done. You get additional mentoring through OSCAR, credit, and monetary support for your project.

OSCAR Contacts by College and School

The individuals listed here understand the importance of undergraduate research and creative activities and have volunteered to assist you in your search for a mentor. Request an appointment to find out about opportunities in their programs and be directed toward faculty who could become your mentor.

Please note: This list is regularly updated. Faculty and staff who would like to have their names and contact information added to this list should submit our OSCAR Contact Form.


College of Education and Human Development

Contact Program Email
Dr. David Wiggins, Co-Director
Study of Sport & Leisure in Society/Prof, SRHT dwiggin1
Dr. Erin E. Peters, Associate Professor
Science Education & Education Psychology   epeters1
Dr. Nelson Cortes, Associate Professor  School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism  ncortes
Dr. Maggie Daniels, Associate Professor  School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism  mdaniels
Dr. Shawn Lee, Assistant Professor School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism slz

Additional Resources
Program Research Link
College of Education and Human Development
Office of Research
Transformative Teaching
Teacher Action Research
Academy for International Sport
The Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society
Special Education and Disability Research
Kellar Institute
Counseling and Development
Diversity, Research & Action Consortium
Sports Management
Internships and Field Experience
School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism
Research Centers
Health Promotion
Internship and Field Experience

College of Health and Human Services

Contact Program Email
Dr. Cathy Tompkins, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Department of Social Work
Dr. Carol Urban, Director of Nursing
Undergraduate Division
Dr. Ali Weinstein, Associate Professor
Department of Global and Community Health
Dr. Frank Whittington, Associate Dean Academic Affairs fwhittin
Dr. Anna Pollack, Assistant Professor
Department of Global and Community Health

Additional Resources
Program Department Links
Global and Community Health
Research Projects
Health Administration and Policy
Research Areas
Health and Human Services
Rehabilitation Science
Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education
Research and Practice

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Advising

Contact Program Email
Dr. Joan Bristol, Associate Professor
History and Art History
Dr. Andrew Bickford, Associate Professor and Anthropology Undergraduate Program Director
Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Rachel Jones, Assistant Professor
Philosophy rjones23
Dr. Mike Hurley, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Psychology mhurley2
Lisa Breglia, Director
Global Affairs
Dr. Tom Rustici, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
Economics trustici
Dr. Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English
English and Folklore
Dr. Teesta Ghosh, Adjunct Professor International Politics, Law and Relations Theory tghosh
Emma Cruz, Administrative Coordinator  Psychology  ecruz4
Dr. Lisa Newmark, Director of Undergraduate Programs
Criminology, Law, and Society
Dr. Lisa Rabin, Associate Professor
Modern and Classical Languages: Spanish lrabin
Dr. Esperanza Roman-Mendoza, Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Modern and Classical Languages: Spanish
Laura Scott, Professor and Academic Coordinator
English lscott
Dr. Douglas Eyman, Director, Ph.D in Writing and Rhetoric English deyman
Dr. Suzanne E. Smith, Professor 
History & Art History: Art History
Dr. Ricardo Vivancos-Pérez, Associate Professor and Spanish Program Coordinator
Modern and Classical Languages: Spanish rvivanco
Dr. Star Muir, Associate Professor Communication smuir
Dr. Catherine Wright, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Communication cwright5
David Miller, Student Video Center Director Communication  dmillef
Dr. Jason Dunick, Undergraduate Director
Economics jdunick
For additional undergraduate information in CHSS, see the list of Undergraduate Program Directors.

Additional Resources
ProgramResearch Link
CommunicationResearch Centers
Criminology, Law, and Society

Research Centers

EconomicsCenter for the Study of Public Choice
Computer Science
Global Affairs

College of Science

Contact Program Email
Kim Rule, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Forensic Science
Assad Khan, Director for Undergraduate Student Affairs
College of Science
Dr. Flavia Colonna, Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Mathematical Sciences
Timothy Leslie, Associate Professor
Geography & Geoinformation Science
Julia Nord, Term Associate Professor 
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences
Chris Parsons, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
Environmental Science & Policy
Esther Peters, Associate Professor
Environmental Science & Policy
Deborah Polayes, Term Associate Professor
Biology Department
Larry Rockwood, Professor and Chair
Biology Department
Phil Rubin, Professor and Undergraduate Physics Advisor
Physics and Astronomy prubin
Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Professor Mathematical Sciences
John Schreifels, Chair and Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Amy Adams, Scientific Outreach and Education Program Manager
 Applied Proteomics & Molecular Medicine avanmete
Joe Weingartner, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Astronomy Advisor
Physics and Astronomy jweinga1
Reid Schwebach, Coordinator COS Outreach & Recruitment, Term Assistant Professor
Governor's School, Innovation Park jschweba
Sina Gallo, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies                   
Governor's School, Innovation Parkjschweba

Additional Resources
Research Links
College of Science
Research Centers
School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Science
Environmental Science and Policy
Smithsonian School of Conservation: Kathleen Johnson, Director  Research

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Undergraduate Advising

Contact Program Email
Clayton Austin, Associate Professor/Production Manager
Theater caustin
Dr. Rachel Bergman, Associate Professor
School of Music rbergman
Dr. Lynne Constantine, Associate Professor
School of Art lconstan
Dr. Walter Kravitz, Professor and Gallery Director
School of Art ekravitz
Dr. Howard Kurtz, Professor and Design Area Head
Theater hkurtz
Brian Marcus, Associate Professor and Associate Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts; Arts Management
Dr. Scott Martin, Research and Advance Assistant Dean Computer Game Design
Dr. Linda Miller, Professor
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Linda Monson, Managing Director, Keyboard Area Coordinator, Distinguished Service Professor  School of Music lmonson
Kevin Murray, Program Manager
Dr. Elaine Rendler, Professor
School of Music erendler
Dr. Jesse Guessford, Assistant Professor-Music Technology
School of Music
Seth Hudson, Assistant Professor Computer Game Design  shudson3
Greg Grimsby, Assistant Professor  Computer Game Design  ggrimsby

Additional Resources
Program Resource Link
College of Visual and Performing Arts
 Undergraduate Studies Office
School of Dance
School of Theater
Film and Video Studies

Honors College

Contact Program Email
Dr. Kathy Alligood, Associate Dean and Professor of Math
Honors College
Heather Anderson, Director of Academic Affairs and Advising Honors College

Additional Resources
Program Research Link
Living Learning Community

 SCHAR School of Policy and Government

Dr. Peter Balint, Professor
Schar School of Policy and Government
Dr. Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Associate ProfessorSchar School of Policy and Government jvictor3
Dr. Ann Ludwick, Assistant Dean Schar School of Policy and Government
Matt Green, Assistant DirectorSchar School of Policy and Government mgreenb 

School of Integrative Studies

Academic Advising

Contact Program Email
Dr. Lisa Gring-Pemble, Associate Professor, Dean
New Century College
Dr. Julie Owen, Associate Professor 
Leadership & Integrative Studies 
Dr. Thomas Wood, Associate Professor
New Century College
Dr. Duhita Mahatmya, Assistant Professor  New Century College dmahatmy
Dr. Al Fuertes, Term Associate Professor  New Century College afuertes
Dr. Pamela Garner, Professor  New Century College  pgarner1

Additional Resources
Program Research Link
Integrative Studies
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Undergraduate Advising

Contact Program Email
Dr. Susan Hirsch, Professor
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska, Associate Professor/Undergraduate Program Director
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution apaczyns
Dr. Mara Schoeny, Associate Professor and Graduate Certificate Program Director School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution mschoeny

Additional Resources
Program Research Links
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
S-CAR Internships
Field Experience

School of Business

Undergraduate Advising

Contact Program Email
Dr. Matt Cronin, Associate Professor
Dr. Anne Magro, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
School of Business
Dr. Kevin Rockmann, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs School of Business krockman
Dr. Mandy O'Neill, Assistant Professor Management ooneill

Volgenau School of Engineering

Undergraduate Advising

Contact Program Email
Dr. Sharon Caraballo, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Volgenau School of Engineering
Dr. Ioulia Rytikova, Associate Professor Sciences and Technology irytikov
Dr. Joe Pancrazio, Chair and Professor Bioengineering jpancraz
Dr. Liza Durant, Associate Professor and Chair
Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering
Dr. Huzefa Rangwala, Assistant Professor

Computer Science


Dr. Brian Mark, Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Nathalia Peixoto, Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering npeixoto
Dr. Colin Reagle, Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Additional Resources
Program Research Links
Applied Information Technology
Undergrad Research
Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
Research News
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Contact Program Email
Dr. Nadine Kabbani, Assistant Professor
Molecular Neuroscience
Theodore C. Dumas, Associate Professor Molecular Neuroscience tdumas

Fenwick Library

Undergraduate Resources

Contact Program Email
Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian
Research and Educational Services