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 Univeristy 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.

Jakia as a South Park character.

Jakia Fuller
Graduate Assistant
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Jakia Fuller is currently a graduate student in the College Student Affairs Leadership program. She received her BA from GVSU with a major in religion and culture. With a passion for social and political equality and equity, Jakia plans to work with college access and attainment of students of color in higher education after completing her studies. Also, as an advocate for international students and studying abroad, she plans to implement efforts for students of color who wish to study abroad. Jakia wants to continue her studies in religions of the African Diaspora and is curious to see in what ways religion impacted the Black Power Movement.

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 freshman 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.

Ruby as a South Park character.

Ruby Dockery
Student Assistant

Ruby Dockery is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She is a graduating senior majoring in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Fitness. Her career goals are to be a pediatric physical therapist and to open her own facility one day. Ruby is passionate in community service, family, and crocheting. When it comes to being curious, she finds herself reading books or watching many videos about hair care and length retention techniques. If Ruby could research anything it would be, “what techniques are best used to retain maximum hair length?”

Brianna as a South Park character.

Brianna Stelly
Student Assistant

Brianna Stelly is a senior from Southfield, Michigan. She is majoring in Marketing, with the career aspiration to become a marketing manager. Brianna is passionate about family, “DIY” projects, and community service. If Brianna could research anything, it would be the causes of Hidradenitis suppurativa and ways to cure it.