Supporting students, mentors, and instructors engaged in research.

Nicole Perry

Assistant Director
Primary office:
Strong Hall, room 151


1. What is your professional background?

I worked as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Undergraduate Research before accepting the Assistant Director position in 2013.  Prior to working for the Center, I taught several different Sociology courses and served as a writing consultant with KU’s Writing Center. My undergraduate degrees are in English and Humanities, and I completed my PhD in Sociology in 2015. 


2. What is your background in research?

While my advanced graduate training is in the social sciences, the research methods that I used were more in line with the humanities. Historical sociologists study the big issues in Sociology (race, class, gender, etc.) in different historical contexts, so we spend a lot of time in the archives.  My dissertation research examined the role of gender, class, race, and sexuality underlying different groups of women’s involvement with a women’s prison in Kansas in the 1920s and 1930s.


3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?

My job in the Center is to support faculty and staff in their roles as research mentors and instructors. I handle most of our communications with research mentors related to our Center’s programs, as well as our efforts to recognize the work of mentoring, such as our mentor awards and mentor spotlights. 

I also work with instructors interested in incorporating research into their undergraduate courses. To this end, I meet with faculty to share models for undergraduate research in the classroom, consult with departments about developing an overall plan for research in the undergraduate curriculum, and administer the Graduate Research Consultant Program.   

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