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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

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.

Jessica Davis Jessica Davis, M.Phil., (858) 534-5791
Faculty Mentor Program & Undergraduate Research Conferences Coordinator

Jessica Davis coordinates the Faculty Mentor Program as well as the Undergraduate Research Conference, the Summer Research Conference at UC San Diego, and the Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. After transferring from community college, Jessica earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy at San Diego State University. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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.

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. 

Rubeen Guardado, (858) 534-1774
Front Desk Reception and Student Assistant

Rubeen Guardado, a junior here at UC San Diego with a declared major in Global Health. He is also currently on the Pre-med track and plan to apply to medical school in the following year. Rubeen says, "My interest in working at AEP stemmed from experiences that made me realize that there is more to learn and experience outside of class.  I wanted to be a part of an organization that helps students find the route that they are most passionate about."

Florencia Lee, (858) 534-1774
Front Desk Reception and Student Assistant



Jing Shi, (858) 534-1774

Front Desk Reception and Event Coordinator Assistant

Jing Shi is a sophomore here at UC San Diego with a declared major in Joint Mathematics and Computer Science. Jing says, “Working at AEP has allowed me to stay inspired by my diligent peers and their passion for research. I feel fortunate to be a part of this team in supporting undergraduate research."