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Leslie Kwakye is an associate professor of neuroscience and the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. She teaches several classes in the area of sensory neuroscience including a non-majors class entitled, Neuroscience of the Arts, an advanced elective lecture and lab course on sensory neuroscience, as well as a senior seminar entitled, Mind, Brain, Eyes, and Ears.

In her role as director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Kwakye works with the Committee on Undergraduate Research to support students seeking research opportunities, students actively engaged in research, and faculty mentoring of students conducting research. She and committeee members work to increase the availability of research opportunities for Oberlin students and to ensure equitable access to research.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Faculty Coordinator

tamika nunley
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Tamika Nunley is assistant professor of American history. Her research and teaching interests include slavery, gender, 19th-century legal history, digital history, and the American Civil War. At Oberlin, she created the History Design Lab, which allows students to develop scholarly projects that involve methodological approaches such as digital humanities, public history, creative nonfiction, and curatorial practices.  

The Andrew W. Mellon and Woodrow Wilson foundations, and the American Association of University Women have supported her work.

Additionally, she is the faculty coordinator for Oberlin’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which seeks to support underrepresented students interested in pursing aPhD in an MMUF-eligible field of study.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Coordinator

adrian bautista
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Adrian Bautista serves as assistant vice president (AVP) of the Division of Student Life. In this role, Bautista assists the vice president and dean of students with the day-to-day operations of the division, and oversees several divisional areas including business operations, the Multicultural Resource Center, Residential Education, Student Conduct, and the Student Union.

Bautista also is the program coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which seeks to support underrepresented students interested in pursing aPhD in an MMUF-eligible field of study.

Bautista also serves as the liaison to the Posse Program, and is the administrator for Student Life Endowed Emergency/Support Funds. He is an instructor in the Comparative American Studies Program and the First-Year Seminar Program with research/teaching interests in Catholicism, higher education, and Latinx studies.

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Administrative Assistant

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Photo credit: Bryan Rubin ’19

Diana Tebo (she/her/hers) has a knack for organizing information, enjoys the research process, and has a passion for helping people, especially college students. She uses those qualities to help disseminate needed resources to underserved populations.

Tebo is available to help current Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellows and Oberlin College Research fellows access research and travel funds. She also can help STRONG Scholars to access their book award, and help faculty mentors in those programs to access and use their research stipends.

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Student Assistant

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Cecelia Longo

Cecelia Longo (they/them) is currently enrolled at Oberlin and pursuing a bachelor‘s in history and politics. Cecelia splits their time between class and Oberlin College Track and Field.

As a recipient of the Oberlin College Research Fellowship (OCRF), their research focuses on sex work in the long 20th century of Seattle, Washington.

Cecelia is available for individual consultations with students to help them identify on- and off-campus research opportunities best-suited to advance students’ current needs and future aims. They also support the office’s efforts to identify funding and research opportunities for students.