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OURS Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is located in 230 Mary Idema Pew Library, atop the stairs on the second floor. Contact us or come see us today to inquire about undergraduate research and scholarship, schedule a meeting, or give us an update about your success. 


Susan as a South Park character.

Susan Mendoza, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
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Dr. Susan Mendoza is the founding director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS). Her area of practice as a scholar practitioner is the intersection of disciplinary epistemology, high impact interventions, and student agency. Prior to her role with OURS, Susan has held multiple roles at GVSU, Kalamazoo College, and Michigan State University in integrative learning, career development, academic advising, residence life, and internationalizing student life.


Shelley as a South Park character.

Shelley Sickrey, M.A.
OURS Assistant
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Shelley Sickrey has been with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) since its inception. She currently works with Dr. Mendoza on promoting OURS programs, managing budgets, and assisting students, among other roles. Shelley studied at GVSU as an undergraduate, earning her BA with majors in Legal Studies and English, along with a minor in Political Science. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in English Literature from Grand Valley State University. Prior to working at GVSU, she assisted attorneys in criminal law, family law, and intellectual property law. She enjoys being back in an academic setting, almost as much as she enjoys being a pop culture geek.


Dr. Jodee Hunt

Jodee Hunt, Ph.D.
OURS Faculty Fellow
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Dr. Hunt completed degrees at the University of Arizona (B.S. Animal Health Science), San Diego State University (M.S., Biology with an Ecology emphasis) and the University of Kansas (Ph.D, Systematics and Ecology). She loved working with undergraduates from her first day teaching a Human Anatomy laboratory at SDSU in 1987, and knew soon thereafter that her career would emphasize working with undergraduates in the classroom, laboratory and field. She has mentored more than 50 undergraduates in diverse fields of inquiry since those early years. Learn more about Dr. Hunt.


Stacey Mathieu

Stacey Mathieu
Graduate Assistant
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Stacey Mathieu is currently a graduate student in the School of Psychology program. She received her BA from Grand Valley with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Stacey plans on becoming a licensed School Psychologist as well as earning her Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certification to work with children with Autism. During her undergraduate coursework, Stacey has conducted research in many areas from body image to “opportunities to respond” in a classroom setting. In her free time, Stacey enjoys playing ice hockey and running.


Natalia as a South Park character.

Natalia Blanco
Student Assistant

Natalia Blanco was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in downtown Chicago. She is currently a sophomore studying business. Natalia knows Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. She is passionate about informing others about social justice issues. Natalia plans to study abroad in the Middle East before she graduates to study international business. When she has free time, Natalia likes to read as many books as she can; her current favorite being "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. She is curious about, and would like to research, how people's brains are affected when learning a new language, and the confusion that comes along with translating or interpreting.


Jordan Cauvel

Jordan Cauvel
Student Assistant

Jordan Cauvel is a first year transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Northview High School. Upon graduating, he began his journey into the United States military where he was able to experience Okinawa, Thailand, and S. Korea. Now a veteran, he is pursuing his degree in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. Jordan is passionate about Zoology, animal behavior, and natural sustainability research. When he is not working, he typically spends his spare time on new adventures or playing with his pets (3 ferrets, 2 kittens, and a snake).


Lavar Green-Jackson

Lavar Green-Jackson
Student Assistant

Lavar Green-Jackson is currently a sophomore at GVSU studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in International Relations. He grew up in the Metro-Detroit area. Lavar plans on becoming a neurologist, but not just any doctor, a traveling doctor. He is passionate about learning about different cultures and helping people around the world. Considering this, he wants to study abroad in Central or South America before he graduates. Lavar is also studying Spanish, to hopefully become fluent in it one day and be able to communicate with people in both English and Spanish while helping them.