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Kate Tennis, PhD

Kate Tennis Faculty Director, Undergraduate Research Center

Kate Tennis, PhD, comes to the Undergraduate Research Center from the Korbel School of International Studies, where she is a Teaching Assistant Professor. Dr. Tennis earned her PhD in International Relations from the American University in Washington DC in 2017 before joining the DU faculty in 2017. Her research interests includes border security, migration and mobility, and transnational security cooperation. Kate is the recipient of the 2019 Undergraduate Faculty Career Champion award, highlighting her distinct commitment toward enhancing and supporting the professional and career goals of DU students.

Monica Kosanovich, Phd


Interim Associate Director, Academic Programs

 Dr. Monica Kosanovich came to the University of Denver to purse her master's degree in 1999. She was appointed the position of Interim Associate Director of Commuter, Graduate, and Non-Traditional student services in campus life and upon completion of the higher education student development program she began her career as the Alumni Student Director & Coordinator of Special Events. She moved over to be the coordinator of the Marsico Initiative in 2003 and found her passion working with faculty and administrators to improve the undergraduate experience at DU. Over her career positions around campus have included the Assistant Director of the HERS institute, the Interim Director of Enrollments and Budgets at the Women's College, and the Director of Finance and Operations in Executive Education at the Daniels College of Business.

Dr. Kosanovich completed her PhD in 2019 from Clemson University. Her dissertation research focused on the impacts of Colorado's Outcomes Based Funding legislation (HB14-1319) on decision making of senior administrators at doctoral granting research institutions across the state. Her dissertation was nominated for the dissertation of the year award from the National Education Finance Academy by Clemson College of Education faculty. Dr. Kosanovich also has an interest in access to education, student persistence, and the future of higher education.

As the Interim Associate Director of Academic Programs Monica will support the First-Year Seminar program, the Undergraduate Research Center, and Interterm Program for the Provost's Office.

Grace Warner

Grace WArner

Program Coordinator, Academic Programs

 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.