Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein are pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Coyle Morris as executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), effective June 17.
Ms. Morris, a national leader in student research and fellowships, is currently executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows at Duke University. Before Duke, she led the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Villanova University for 14 years. She has served as president, vice president, and secretary of the National Association of Fellowship Advisers and on numerous competitive scholarship selection committees and professional leadership organizations. In 2011, she co-founded the Women’s Academic Leadership Group, a group of senior women university leaders that supports women in the academy and promotes best practices and scholarship opportunities, especially at schools historically underrepresented in nationally competitive scholarships.
“We are very fortunate to bring to Penn one of the country’s most innovative leaders in student research and scholarships,” said Provost Pritchett. “Jane Morris has consistently brought vision, creativity and a collaborative spirit to her work. She will help us further advance the crucial roles of undergraduate research and life-changing scholarship opportunities for our students.”
Ms. Morris’s background includes working as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry and teaching biology at Villanova. She earned an MA in biology from Bryn Mawr College and a BS in biology from Villanova.
“I am very grateful to the many colleagues across campus whose investment in research and fellowship opportunities for our students was highlighted during the extensive search process,” said Vice Provost Winkelstein. “I am confident that Jane will be a vital partner and catalyst for this great scholarly engagement of our students, faculty, and outstanding CURF staff in the years ahead.”
Harriet Joseph, who served as director of CURF since 2008, retired from the University in 2018. Ann Vernon-Grey, associate director for undergraduate research at CURF, will serve as acting director until June 17, 2019.