- Jane Morris, Executive Director
- Ann Vernon-Grey, Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
- Kerry Milch, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
- Wallace Genser, Senior Associate Director for Fellowships
- Angie Estévez, Associate Director for Fellowships
- Nick Myers, Assistant Director of Outreach & Operations
- Griselle Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Office Coordinator
- Adri Macrina, Benjamin Franklin Scholars Academic Coordinator
- Taryn Painter, University Scholars Program Coordinator
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Executive Director, Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
Jane Coyle Morris is the Executive Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania. As Executive Director, Jane provides leadership, vision, and direction for CURF, working closely with the staff and faculty to promote opportunities for undergraduate research and nationally competitive scholarships. Jane also oversees the Thouron Award, a graduate exchange program between the United Kingdom and the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Penn, Jane served as the Executive Director of Duke University’s Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows and as the Director of Villanova’s Center for Research and Fellowships. Prior to her career in higher education, Jane had a 20-year career as a research scientist.
Jane holds a B.S. in Biology from Villanova University and an M.A. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College. She is a former President of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, serving as a direct liaison between the scholarship advisors and the leadership of foundations including the Rhodes, the Marshall, the Mitchell, and the Udall. In this role, Jane participated directly in helping the Marshall Scholarship Program evaluate and revise their selection criteria to include those same qualities of intellectual leadership that define excellence in a broader and more meaningful context. Jane believes deeply in the power of engaging students in an authentic process of discernment, articulation, action, and reflection that moves students from the classroom into post-graduate lives where they can make meaningful contributions to the world.
Ann Vernon-Grey Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
Ann Vernon-Grey received her BS in Biology from the University of Tulsa before traveling to the University of Cambridge, England, on a Marshall Scholarship where she earned her PhD in Developmental and Cancer Biology. Her research interests have included the coordination of cell division, differentiation and migration, and subsequent investigation of how the normal processes of development are subverted during tumor formation and progression to metastasis. Ann is an enthusiastic supporter of Penn’s college life and has spent a decade living and working in Penn’s College House system, currently as Associate Faculty Director of Lauder College House. At CURF, Ann is responsible for helping undergraduates find meaningful and exciting research opportunities with Penn’s outstanding faculty, assisting students identify and secure unique summer research possibilities, and supporting their search and application for national and international grants.
Kerry Milch Ph.D.
Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
Kerry Milch helps undergraduates clarify their interests and goals and find engaging and meaningful research experiences with faculty mentors. Prior to joining Penn, Dr. Milch served as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Enrichment at Temple University, where she directed undergraduate research and peer teaching programs, served on fellowship and scholarship review committees, and advised the Lenfest Scholars. She earned a BA in Psychology at Yale University and a PhD in Psychology at Columbia University. Her research interests include motivation, self-regulation, and environmental decision making. She has taught English at the Tokyo Friends School in Japan, served as a Research Associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and worked as a Research Scholar at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia.
Wallace Genser Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director for Fellowships
Wallace Genser assists students seeking national and international fellowships to fund their continued study through programs such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Churchill, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessy, Goldwater, and Thouron Awards, as well as the President's Engagement Prizes. He earned his BA in English at Rutgers and his MA and PhD in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and taught for fifteen years in the departments of American Culture, History, and Social Relations at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. His research as a cultural historian focuses on transformations in ethnic, gender, and racial identities on the nineteenth-century US borderlands, and his current interests include nationalism, citizenship debates, and conceptions of the US in historical writing and contemporary discourse. His initial role at Penn focused on promoting undergraduate research through initiatives such as the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program (PURM) and other research grants, and he served as Staff Director of the Undergraduate Research Working Group for Penn's 2014 Middle States Reaccreditation Self-Study.
Angie Estevez Ed.D.
Associate Director for Fellowships
Dr. Angie Estévez is the Associate Director for Fellowships at the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF). She recruits and advises undergraduate, graduate and alumni applicants for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships and select Penn awards. Dr. Estévez assists students applying for awards such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Truman Scholarship and Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.
Before joining CURF, Dr. Estévez served as an Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, where she mentored, advised, and supported undergraduate students for over 12 years. Prior to Penn, she served at the University of Delaware and Cecil College in various leadership and student affairs roles including program counselor for TRIO, coordinator of Career Services, academic advisor, multicultural admissions counselor, adjunct instructor and athletic coach. Dr. Estévez began her career in the corporate world where she supervised teams in the banking and life insurance industries.
Dr. Estévez earned her B.A. in Sociology, M.Ed. in College Counseling and Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Delaware. Her doctoral capstone project explored access and equity pertaining to internship participation among Penn undergraduate students.
Assistant Director of Outreach & Operations
Nick Myers is the Assistant Director of Outreach & Operations for the Center of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. He earned a B.S. in Music Industry at Drexel University with a concentration in business administration. Nick previously served CURF as Administrative Coordinator before transitioning into the role of Assistant Director. Prior to working at Penn, he worked as a social worker in supported employment services and taught foundational math skills to students with learning disabilities. His areas of research include: education, meditation, and creativity.
Griselle Rodriguez-Gonzalez is a two-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2009, with a major in Hispanic studies and a minor in anthropology. In December 2014 she finalized her Masters in Liberal Arts, with concentration in art, craft and culture. As an independent researcher her areas of interests include: education, ceramics in archaeology, identity, oral traditions, and alternative medicine.
Benjamin Franklin Scholars Academic Coordinator
Adri Macrina joins the CURF Team as the Academic Coordinator for the Benjamin Franklin Scholars. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College with a degree in Anthropology, Adri studied abroad in Croatia, taking part in the Lobor Bioarchaeology Fieldschool’s excavation of a late antiquity site. Prior to her position in CURF, Adri served as an Admissions Counselor at Widener University. She enjoys analyzing problems and communicating with others to build solutions. In her spare time, she loves to crochet and read classic novels.
University Scholars Program Coordinator
Taryn Painter is the University Scholars Program Coordinator at CURF. Prior to joining CURF, Taryn worked at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn and completed an AmeriCorps year of service with City Year Philadelphia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science with a minor in human rights from Towson University, where she completed extensive undergraduate research on statelessness. She is also interested in researching migration, detention, and education access.