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Undergraduate Research Center

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URC Staff

Mark Siemens, PhD, comes to the Undergraduate Research Center from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he is an Associate Professor. Through his many peer-reviewed articles that have been published with undergraduate students, Mark has demonstrated commitment and passion for mentoring students through research.

Dr. Siemens earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado in 2009, and a postdoc at NIST Boulder before joining the DU faculty in September 2010. His research explores the ways that light can be used to measure and control states of matter, especially in nanostructured materials. This work is relevant to the cooling of integrated circuits and to solar energy harvesting.

Office hours: by appointment

Leah O'Grady is the Assistant Director for University Academic Programs and manages the activities of the Undergraduate Research Center, the First-Year Seminar program, the One Book One DU program, and Interterm programming at DU. Originally from the metro Atlanta area, Leah graduated from the University of Georgia with dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Development. Throughout her career, she developed a large interest in civic engagement initiatives, which eventually relocated her to Colorado for an adventurous year with AmeriCorps NCCC. Throughout this and other experiences, she became very passionate about working with young adults in identifying and realizing their civic, academic, and professional goals. This passion ultimately led her to complete the Higher Education MA program at the University of Denver in August 2016.

She enjoys working with students in every stage of their research process.

Office hours: by appointment

Grace Warner is a recent graduate from the University of Denver, class of 2018, with double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences and International Studies. She is originally from Indianapolis, IN and hopes in the future to pursue a graduate degree in Global or Public Health with a specialization in Microbiology or Virology. Grace hopes to integrate her knowledge of human biology and international relations to navigate difficult issues surrounding international health crises while pursuing her passion for community-based development and the environment. After spending the last four years pursuing her education at DU, Grace now looks forward to growing as a professional and giving back to the DU community. As Program Coordinator for University Academic Programs, Grace provides programmatic support for the First-Year Seminar program, the Undergraduate Research Center, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and Interterm programming.

Office hours: by appointment

URC Ambassadors

Below is the contact information for our student Undergraduate Research Ambassadors. 

Chloe Allison, [email protected] 

June Churchill, [email protected] 

Conner Langeberg, [email protected] 

Sofya Norman, [email protected]

Evan Reierson, [email protected]

Sarah Thomas, [email protected]