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Anita's Choice 2015Anita Cortez

Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry
Developing Scholars Program
Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Program
Phone: 785-532-5864
Email: cortez@k-state.edu

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.

Brenee KingDr. Brenee King

DSP Seminar Instructor (Fall 2015)
Kansas State University
125 Seaton Hall 920 N. 17th Street
Email: breneek@ksu.edu

Dr. Brenee King received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of New Mexico in Biomedical Science. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program where she helps students succeed in their academic and professional careers.

tanyaDr. Tanya Gonzalez

DSP Seminar Instructor (Spring 2016)
Kansas State University
117B English/CS BLDG
Phone: 785-532-2154 
Email: tgonzale@k-state.edu

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 Hobson, Graduate AssistantTess Hobson

Phone: 785-532-5381
Email: tess3@k-state.edu

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.

kynseyKynsey Creel

Graduate Assistant 
Phone: 785-532-3662
Email: kynsey@k-state.edu

Kynsey M. Creel is a native of New Mexico who graduated in 2014 from Kansas State University with a BA in English Literature and a specialization in Women's Studies and Spanish. She is also a recipient of the first awarded Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award for the group category. Kynsey has since enrolled in the M.A. English program with a focus in Cultural Studies at K-State.

amyvosAmy Vos

Graduate Assistant 
Phone: 785-532-3662
Email: avos@ksu.edu

Amy Vos is a graduate research assistant with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI). Amy is from Iowa and is beginning work on her Master’s degree in the College of Education in Counseling and Student Development.  She works with Developing Scholars and OURCI student ambassadors as well as with event planning for all programs in the OURCI.  Amy has worked in residence life and was a member of the women’s basketball team at Grand View University in Iowa where she earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete Honors and was an Academic All-American.