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Undergraduate Research Center

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URC Staff

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.

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] 

Carrie Hicks, [email protected]