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Meet the OURI Faculty and Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry provides resources and support to FAU's undergraduate students and faculty involved in research, scholarship, and creative activity. OURI was developed to support FAU's Quality Enhancement Plan and assist all faculty and students. To view OURI's presentations, along with publications, visit the Presentation and Publications page. Meet the staff that helps make this possible!

The Office of Undergraduate of Research and Inquiry can be reached at 561-297-6874 (OURI) or by email via OURI@fau.edu.

Donna Chamely-Wiik

Donna Chamely-Wiik, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Fellowships and Associate Scientist, Chemistry

Education Ph.D. Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University
Research Interests
Science Education: Addressing areas of national need in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) including: 1) Curricular reform, 2) Graduate student and teacher preparation and 3) STEM pipeline.
Undergraduate Research Experience
Synthesis of group IVB metallocene polymers designed to influence plant growth and seed germination.
Email dchamely@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-1019


Jennie Soberon

Jennie Soberon, Senior Associate Director

Education
MBA in Business Analytics, Florida Atlantic University
Research Interests
Web Analytics, Big Data, Data Analysis, Undergraduate Research in Business.
Email jsoberon@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-1033


Patricia Sampedro - OURI website

Patricia E. Sampedro, Assistant Director, Business Services and Curricular Initiatives

Education
BBA Accounting, Florida Atlantic University
Favorite Hobbies
Traveling with my daughters, Sewing, Arts and Crafts, Movies
Something on my “Bucket List"
Learn other languages
Email psampedr@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-4991


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Shaun P. Elie, OURI Program Coordinator

Education
BA in Communication, Florida Gulf Coast University
Favorite Hobbies
Exercise, basketball, spending time with family and friends, movies
Email elies@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-4879


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Jessica Cornely, Assistant Director Prestigious Fellowships

Education
M.A. Education, Defiance College
Research and Professional Interests
Student Development, Peer Learning, Student Persistence and Retention, Mentoring and Coaching
Email jcornely@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-4161


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Lauren Melanson, M.S., Assistant Director, LEARN

Education
M.S. Environmental Science, Florida Atlantic University
Research and Professional Interests
Conservation Biology, Species Conservation, Impact of Invasive Species
Email lmelanson2015@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-4878


OURI Program Coordinator - A. Miller

Alexis Miller, OURI Program Coordinator

Education
B.S. in Psychology, University of Central Florida
Favorite Hobbies
Kayaking, nature walks, video games, traveling
Email alexismiller@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-2073


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Anthony L. Ambrosio, Ph.D., Director, Undergraduate Assessment

Education
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
Research and Professional Interests
Authentic Assessment, Performance Assessment, Program Evaluation, Psychometrics, Student Learning.
Email aambrosio@fau.edu
Phone 561-297-4560