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 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.