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Anita's Choice 2015Anita Cortez

Director 
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 eighteen 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 and oversees Bridges to the Future students at K-State who participate in the Developing Scholars Program. She is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Multicultural Students.

Tess Hobson, Graduate AssistantTess Hobson

Advisor
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 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. She is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Multicultural Students. Tess is also an accomplished photographer.

alyssaAlyssa Lombardi

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 785-532-3662
Email: alombardi1331@ksu.edu

Alyssa is a Graduate Assistant for the Developing Scholars Program in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI).  Originally from Frankfort, Illinois, Alyssa completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a clinical concentration at Kansas State University while competing on the University’s Equestrian Team.  She is now a first year Master’s student in the College of Counseling and Student Development here at K-State.  Alyssa is looking forward to a career in student-athlete affairs and to one day hopefully owning lots of dogs.  

haileyHailey Moore

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 785-532-3662
Email: haileymoore13@ksu.edu

Hailey is a graduate assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and Developing Scholars Program. She is originally from South Jordan, Utah. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Marriage and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. She now attends Kansas State University and is working on her master's degree in the Couple & Family Therapy program. Hailey does a variety of work in the OURCI including advising a group of Developing Scholars, assisting the Bridges to the Future program, and managing OURCI grants. She also enjoys reading, being outside, and fostering rescue animals.