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Brenee KingDr. Brenee King

Director
Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry
Developing Scholars Program
Phone: 785-532-5864
Email: breneek@k-state.edu

Dr. King serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry and Program Administrator for the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP). In her role with KS-LSAMP she has had the pleasure of helping students through their educational journeys. As Assistant Director she will continue interfacing with students through the various programs now housed under OURCI. Dr. King will serve as the first-year research seminar for the students in the Developing Scholars Program. 

StephStephanie Wacker

Program Coordinator
Email: swacker@ksu.edu

Stephanie is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OURCI) and the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE). Manhattan, KS is her hometown. She completed a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Marketing with a minor in Women’s Studies from Kansas State University. She is passionate about social justice and supporting students.

MariahMariah Moore

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 785-532-5381
Email: mariah29@ksu.edu

Mariah is a graduate assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. She grew up in Wichita, KS and completed her bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Philosophy at Kansas State University. She is passionate about research regarding intimate partner violence, LGBTQ+ relationships, and antisocial behavior. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy.

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Maria Portillo

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 785-532-1097
Email: mportil@ksu.edu

Maria is a graduate assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and Developing Scholars program. She is originally from Austin, TX. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward's University and has experience being a research assistant in labs at the U of Texas at Austin. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Couple and Family Therapy and is passionate about social justice. 

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Shiseido Robinson

Graduate Assistant
Email: shiseido@ksu.edu

Shiseido is a graduate research assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program. Shiseido is originally from New York. She is a master's student in industrial engineering at Kansas State University. Her research interests focus on microfabrication, additive manufacturing, and graphene scalable technology. Shiseido holds an associates of science degree with honors from Garden City Community College and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering with a minor in business from Kansas State University. She enjoys listening to music, cars, and painting.

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Anita Cortez

Director Emerita
Email: cortez@ksu.edu

Anita is director emerita and the founder of the Developing Scholars Program and the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry at Kansas State University. She initiated Students Promoting the Advancement of Research at K-State (SPARK) Week and the OURCI Research and Travel Awards for undergraduates as well as the University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduates in Research and the University Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research Award.

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