UROP Staff

Professional Staff

UROP staff are dedicated to assisting students and faculty with all aspects of the undergraduate research process—from finding suitable research or creative opportunities with the right mentor, through writing a proposal, to presenting results.

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Sharon Parks, Director


Interests: International Travel, learning about new cultures, going to concerts, comedy shows, cats, beach

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Brennan Devine, Administrative Coordinator


Interests: Cooking, movies (good and bad ones), judo, reading

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Bethany Bruhl, UROP Advisor


Interests: Pop culture, travel, Disneyland, first-gen college student, Mario Kart, and food enthusiast

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Jerry McMillan, UROP Advisor


Interests: Music (choral, orchestral, opera), wilderness (red rocks and high places), reading, FRPGs, wordplay, cooking, mindfulness

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Ana Patino, UROP Advisor


Interests: Baking, reading, finding new local spots, museums, practicing self-care, learning new things, watching comfort movies, embroidery

UROP Peer Advisors

UROP Peer Advisors are UROP Fellows who have extensive research experience. They serve as advocates for undergraduate research by assisting the UROP office with outreach, marketing, and mentoring through weekly office hours, advising appointments, social media interactions, and general outreach to the campus.

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Afia Ahmed

Major: Public Health & Education Sciences


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Kaustubh Simha

Majors: Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics

Representing: Samueli School of Engineering & School of Physical Sciences