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AEP Staff Bios/Program Contacts

David Artis

David Artis, Ph.D., (858) 822-4161

'Reaches Out' Beyond Academics As New Director of Academic Enrichment Programs. Former director of Academic Services at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will oversee a wide range of research-oriented academic preparation programs for more than 1,500 UCSD undergraduates in various fields of study. These programs are designed to encourage such students to pursue Ph.D.'s, M.D.'s and other advanced degrees in research.
Veronica Bejar

Veronica Bejar (858) 534-8254
Assistant Director

Veronica Bejar is the assistant director for the Academic Enrichment Programs and McNair Program. She has over thirteen years of experience preparing and encouraging talented students to pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees. As the Assistant Director, Veronica assists the ongoing operations of the AEP academic year programs, conferences, and summer research programs.
Kirsten Kung

Kirsten Kung, Ph.D., (858) 822-3750
M.A.R.C. Coordinator

Kirsten Kung, Ph.D. is the coordinator for the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, a competitive research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MARC prepares highly qualified ethnically underrepresented undergraduates for success in advanced degree programs in the biomedical research.

Jacqueline Azize-Brewer

Jacqueline Azize-Brewer, Ph.D., (858) 534-8839
C.A.M.P. Coordinator

Sees Position as Chance to Make a Difference - Jacqueline Azize-Brewer, Ph.D., whose participation in challenging scientific research projects, faculty interaction and classroom experiences as a transfer student at the University of California, San Diego led to her earning a doctorate in neurosciences at UCSD and to her desire to assist other students towards their research and academic goals, has been named coordinator of UCSD’s California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (CAMP).

Read more about Jacquie here.

Karen Van Ness Karen Van Ness, MA, C.Phil, (858) 534-5791
F.M.P. Coordinator

Karen Van Ness is the coordinator for the Faculty Mentor Program and Undergraduate Research Conferences. She has a master's degree in Literatures in English and is currently working on her doctorate in Education at UCSD.
Thomas Brown

Thomas K. Brown, Ph.D., (858) 534-2937
McNair Program Coordinator

Thomas K. Brown has been the Coordinator of the UCSD McNair Program since December of 2005.  He has earned advanced degrees in chemistry (C.Phil, Caltech) and anthropology (Ph.D., UCSD).  In his role as McNair Program Coordinator he helps students find research placements with UCSD faculty.  The McNair Program is a preparatory program for traditionally under-represented students (first-generation college students from low-income households and those from under-represented ethnic groups) who want to earn a Ph.D. in any field. 
Adele Savage

Adele Savage, MA, (858) 534-7579
HMP³ Coordinator

Adele Savage is a health care career guidance specialist and is the coordinator of the Health and Medical Professionals Preparation Program (HMP³) at the University of California, San Diego. The position is significant to UCSD’s mission of preparing more undergraduates, including underrepresented minority students, for health and medical professions. Adele has a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, 15 years of experience in women’s health education, and has been the coordinator of HMP3 at UCSD since 2002.

Charity Kunold

Charity Kunold, (858) 534-9925
AEP Executive Assistant

Charity has been with the Univeristy of California, San Diego for several years and uses her knoweledge of administrative work that she acquired while at the University, as well as her work with the State of Connecticut, to provide support to the AEP team. She is working towards her bachelor's degree in Computer Networking and Security and hopes to complete her degree in the near future.

Sophia Tsai

Sophia Tsai, Ph.D., (858) 534-9014
Program Coordinator for the AMGEN Scholars Program, NACME, and CSEMS
Program Officer for Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Sophia had scientific interests that led her to explore careers in medicine, bioinformatics, x-ray crystallography, and biofuels. During this exploration, her interests led to a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California, as well as research as a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA before her current position as Program Coordinator for the AMGEN Scholars Program.