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AEP Staff Bios/Program Contacts

Find names and contact information for staff members who work at UC San Diego's Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP).

David Artis

David Artis, Ph.D., (858) 822-4161
Director

David Artis, PhD,  Dean of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, came to the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) in November, 2000, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  There he had served as a faculty member, graduate school administrator and Director of Academic Services in the School of Public Health.  At UC San Diego, he has overseen steady growth in the number of AEP programs and services, including coordinating more scholarship opportunities for students in all fields, increased participation in AEP sponsored undergraduate research conferences, and more collaborative program efforts with other campus units.

He is a graduate of Yale and Stanford.

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
Research Coordinator

Kirsten Kung works with a number of students through the Academic Enrichment Programs office. She has extensive experience coordinating multiple year research programs and helping students experience opportunities outside of the classroom. She is particularly interested in issues related to mentoring, engaged learning, and research ethics. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Social Psychology with minors in Health Psychology and Quantitative Psychology.  Prior to coming to UC San Diego, she was a faculty member at the University of Houston.

Jacqueline Azize-Brewer

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

Sees her 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 has led to her earning a doctorate in neurosciences at UCSD and her desire to assist students towards their research and academic goals. She is currently coordinator of UCSD’s California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (CAMP).

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
Research Coordinator

Sophia Tsai coordinates multiple programs within the Academic Enrichment Programs office. She has experience coordinating student-mentor matching, research scholarships, and helping students get more out of their research programs. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in molecular biology doing x-ray crystallography, and her Bachelor of Science at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) studying Cybernetics with an emphasis on Bioinformatics. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, she was a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA.