Anita Cortez is the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry at Kansas State University. She began the Developing Scholars Program at K-State sixteen years ago to foster the participation of students of color and first-generation college students in undergraduate research. She also oversees the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship Program. She is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to Multicultural Students.
Dr. Tanya Gonzalez
DSP Seminar Instructor
Dr. Tanya González specializes in U.S. Latina/o Studies and Ethnic American Literature. She teaches courses in American Literature, Cultural Studies and Latina/o Studies. Her current research explores the ways literature, film and popular culture represent “otherness” as “monstrous.” She also serves as Vice President of the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society of the American Literature Association.
Tess is the advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). She is from Emporia, Kansas where she received her undergraduate degree in Communication from Emporia State University. She recently graduated with an M.S. in Counseling and Student Development from K-State. Tess works with students in the Developing Scholars Program and Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Program as well as with event planning and other activities through the OURCI. Tess is also an accomplished photographer.
Bri is a graduate research assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). She is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, but attended K-State for her undergraduate tenure, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Services. She was also a member of the K-State Women's Basketball team all four years where she earned Academic All Big XII honors. This fall, she will begin work on her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, with the dream of opening her own private family therapy practice in the future.
Scott is a graduate research assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). He is from Elk Ridge, Utah. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a Psychology emphasis from Utah Valley University. Upon completion of his master’s degree in MFT, Scott hopes to work with clients, become a professor and further his research interests. Scott enjoys reading, cooking, eating good food and spending time outdoors.
Jehu Mette is a French native speaker from the Ivory Coast. Jehu is working toward his bachelor's degree in Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. He works with the OURCI and promotes the office during events and programs all over the campus. Jehu studied Urban Planning in his home country and is still a volunteer for the US Embassy in his country.