Dr. Niccole Villa Cerveny
Niccole Villa Cerveny is a Professor of Geography at Mesa Community College (MCC) who specializes in environmental sciences, conservation of cultural resources and undergraduate research. She obtained her doctorate from Arizona State University in 2005 under the direction of Guggenheim Fellow and Professor Ronald I. Dorn. Her research has ranged from studying climatic relationships through quartz grains to the conservation and preservation of Native American rock art. Her research has been published in journals including Heritage Management, Physical Geography, Geoarchaeology, and Weatherwise. Although engaged in indigenous weaving techniques and local search and rescue activities, her current passion involves engaging first and second year college students in impactful undergraduate research experiences. She chairs the Undergraduate Research Committee at MCC and coordinates the multidisciplinary undergraduate research laboratory. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Cerveny has facilitated workshops designed to engage first and second year college students in undergraduate research.
Sandra Gregerman is the Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan. She has directed this program since 1992 overseeing its expansion from 150 students and faculty to 1400 students and 800 faculty participants. Prior to this, she was the Director of Academic Programs for the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis and her master’s degree in environmental policy and communication from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her academic background is in environmental policy and communication. In her work in higher education, she has focused on issues related to women in science, retention of historically underrepresented students through the use of undergraduate research, and early engagement of students in research.She is an expert on the development and implementation of undergraduate research programs and in particular how to broaden participation through undergraduate research. She has served as a consultant to other campuses interested in establishing such programs from small liberal arts and open access campuses to research universities. More recently her efforts have expanded to include development of programs to increase the transfer and academic success of community college students. Ms. Gregerman is the recipient of an Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the Freshman Year Experience. The Undergraduate Research Opportunity has won several awards under her leadership, the NSF Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Teaching, the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Mentoring, and a Hesburgh Award.
Mel Druelinger is Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University-Pueblo (a HSI PUI). He has served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and as Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. He served as a Program Director at NSF in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). He was an elected member of the Grants Advisory Board of the AASCU Grants Resource Center for several years. Mel is a frequent proposal reviewer for NSF and for other funders including PRF, Dreyfus Fdn., NIH (AREA), Research Corporation and others. Mel is a CUR Chemistry Councilor and is active in many areas including serving as a CUR Proposal Writing Institute facilitator for many years, as an organizer and presenter for the annual CUR-YCC ACS symposium on “Starting a Successful Research Program at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution”, and as a CUR-POH reviewer.
He received his degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., physical organic chemistry) and from Indiana University-Bloomington (BS, Chemistry). In addition to CSU-Pueblo, he has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Distinguished Visiting Professor), Millikin University (Chair) and at Indiana State University He teaches organic chemistry and is co-author of an organic lab text. Mel’s current research interests include organic synthesis and mechanisms, selective electrophilic fluorinations of organics (as bio-active materials), cycloadditions, heterocycles, reactive intermediates and polymers. He has conducted research at the Seiler Research Lab (USAFA), the Rocket Propulsion Lab (Edwards AFB), at DowElanco, at IBM (Almaden), and at CSU-FC. Mel has served as research mentor to many students in his lab (BS and MS), including several minority scholars. These efforts have led to papers and student presentations at national ACS meetings and other research conferences. Their research has been supported by NIH, NSF, PRF, AFOSR/DOD, Merck/AAAS, Packard Fdn. and other sources. He maintains an active undergraduate research group.
As a champion of undergraduate research in all disciplines, Mel has served as a leader and/or facilitator at several CUR Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research Workshops. He has organized and chaired Southern Colorado UG Research and Creative Works Conferences. He feels strongly that working with students in research is one of the best forms of teaching and that the integration of teaching and research is an essential element in a quality education.
Mel is a marathoner and a mountaineer. He continues as an active member of and leader with the El Paso County Search and Rescue team, a mountain search and rescue group. He has served the people of Colorado in this capacity for 34+ years.