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Mailing Address:

Office of Undergraduate Research

University of North Florida

Building 2, Suite 1200

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699



(904) 620-3942





  • Kelsey Eagen, Coordinator

    Kelsey has been a part of UNF since 2013, where she began her Bachelor's degree in special education. In 2014, she changed her major to psychology and began conducting undergraduate research. Kelsey spent the last two years of her undergraduate career engaged in research and writing an honors thesis about sex stereotypes, socioeconomic stereotypes, and child sexual abuse. During that time, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research as a Senior Research Fellow before becoming the Coordinator in Summer 2016. She graduated from UNF in Summer 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology.  Kelsey is currently in the Master's of Education program at UNF. 


    Kelsey's research interests focus mainly on undergraduate research experiences. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs MJ and Chico and her partner and shopping at IKEA.


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    Jesse Lard, Senior Undergraduate Research Ambassador


    Jesse is a Junior at UNF majoring in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics. He first started research in the summer of 2015 with a project to optimize the treatment of dental implants with UV radiation. In the Spring 2016, he began working on the NASA high altitude weather balloon project. More recently, he is working on computer modeling of core collapse supernova from population III stars in the early universe. After UNF he plans to attend graduate school for astrophysics. 


    Jesse is an active member of the Society of Physics Students and the Astronomy club. In his free time Jesse enjoys playing racquetball and spending time with his wife Sandi, son Judah, and daughter Lorelai.


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  • Eden Shurman
    Eden Shurman, Senior Undergraduate Research Ambassador

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Eden has been a student at UNF since Fall of 2013, where she began a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, later changing majors to Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Within the Interdisciplinary Studies program, Eden has focused on multimedia journalism, nonprofit management, and ethnomusicology – specifically, electronic dance music culture (EDMC). It is her nearly lifelong passion for EDMC that jump-started their interest in research, first showcasing a decades-spanning installation of flyers and ephemera of EDMC in North Florida, which ran for five weeks at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library in Spring of 2016. Later, Eden presented undergraduate research at the 2016 Digital Humanities Initiative, FURC 2017, and SOARS 2017 relating to communication transitions in EDMC over the past three decades, and how social media has now dominated the communication landscape.  


    It is Eden’s goal to educate others on the benefits of research while continuing to research EDMC’s roots in Florida (an under-studied topic in a region that once boasted some of the richest culture in America). She aspires to formally teach others about the cultures and subcultures grounded in electronic music and the history of its flourishing presence in America and around the world.


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  • Amber Baskin
    Amber Baskin, Undergraduate Research Ambassador

    Nutrition and Dietetics

    I am a senior in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. I came to UNF in 2016. I am currently involved in research at UNF and planning to apply to graduate school here at UNF. I volunteer in the community and teach nutrition to elementary students. My research interests are in pediatric nutrition and neuropsychological disorders as well as child and adult obesity. 


    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our six year-old son, Eli. In our free time we enjoy trips to Orlando to visit Disney or Legoland, reading, writing, building with magnets and Legos, swimming, playing soccer, and eating popcorn while watching documentaries, Jurassic Park movies, or The Titanic.



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    Lucas Welch, Undergraduate Research Ambassador
    Lucas Welch is a fourth year biology major who is also minoring in mathematics. He joined UNF in the spring of 2015. In his second year at UNF, Lucas began studying reef restoration efforts at GTM NERR, along with the effects of Organophosphate pesticides on the eastern oyster. He began working at the OUR as an Undergraduate Research Ambassador in the Fall of 2017.


    When he's not locked in a lab, Lucas is usually found outside, hiking and canoeing in the various trails and creeks around Northeast Florida, or gathered around a table with his closest friends for Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Savannah bayer
    Savannah Bayer, Undergraduate Research Ambassador


    Savannah is a Senior at UNF majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She began exploring her research interests in the Cognitive Psychology Research Lab in December of 2016. She is still highly involved in this research lab and assists with projects regarding cognition and memory. Despite her love for researching cognition, memory and perception, she has conducted a personal research project this past year in the realm of Social/School Psychology focusing on the school-to-prison pipeline. Through this, she has learned that she has a passion for understanding social programs and investigating how to improve communities through policy and program change. Savannah is planning on pursuing a future in Community Psychology starting with graduate school in Fall of 2018.



    In addition to being involved in the research community, Savannah enjoys her job as an after school teacher at Duval Charter Scholars Academy and she spends her spare time binge watching entire series of dramatic tv shows while eating too much ice cream.


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  • Kaitlyn Minnicks
    Kaitlyn Minnicks, Office Assistant

    Social Work

    Kaitlyn is a freshman at UNF pursuing a degree in Social Work with hopes to join the Social Work program next fall. After UNF, she plans to attend graduate school here and then become a Licensed Social Worker to work with patients in hospice and palliative care. In the Fall of 2017 she joined our team as the OUR team as an Office Assistant. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys binge watching the Office and docu-series, playing with her dogs, listening to music, and going to the beach.  


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