Office of Undergraduate Research Staff

Sara Frances HallSara Hall

(Director) is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and the chair of the minor in Moving Image Arts. She regularly teaches courses on Weimar culture, silent film, film historiography, women filmmakers, and recent German film. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has been awarded fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Berlin Program for Advanced European Studies at the Freie-Universität Berlin, the UIC Institute for the Humanities, and the John Nuveen Center for International Affairs. She is a past winner of UIC’s Teaching Recognition Award and has taught and lectured around Chicago in such venues as the School of the Art Institute, the Center on Halsted, the Chicago Cultural Center/Cinema Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center and Facets Multimedia. She is the author of numerous academic articles on German silent and early sound film and New German Cinema and is currently completing a book manuscript on the role of film in police work in 1920s Berlin. As the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, she oversees core initiatives such as the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award, the annual Student Research Forum, and Posters Under the Dome and offers workshops and advising sessions for student groups and academic and student support units across campus. She brings to this role fifteen years of combined experience as a Director of Undergraduate Studies in Germanic Studies, two terms as a member of the LAS Educational Policy Committee, and five years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UIC Honors College.

Ramona MezaRamona Meza

(Assistant Director/Graduate Assistant) is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies.  She is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and a lifelong Chicago resident, proudly raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1960’s from a small town in central Mexico; their incredible work ethic and relentless perseverance were the assets that enabled her family’s success.  She is the first woman in her family to obtain a college degree, and will be the first woman in her family to complete a doctoral program.  Ramona began her professional career in education by running a community based after-school college readiness program for CPS high school students.  She intimately understands the power that a strong educational foundation has in creating and sustaining healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives for students and plans to continue working in the field of higher education once she has completed her PhD program.

Undergraduate Interns

Jennifer ChunJennifer Chun

is a senior majoring in Applied Psychology and minoring in Managerial Skills. She is currently focused on her research project in the Cognitive Psychology department, where she is examining the how to minimize the disadvantages that bilinguals experience in the administration of the letter-number sequencing task. In the Office of Undergraduate Research, she collects feedback from students to better evaluate impacts and outcomes of research. Jennifer is devoted to planning a more successful and meaningful undergraduate research experience for future students because she sees that the URE not only aids in students academically, but also professionally.

Majestic JordanMajestic Jordan

is a junior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in African American Studies and Spanish. She is an active participant in some of the Black student organizations on campus, such as Black Student Union, Woman 2 Woman and the African American Academic Network. She is also involved in the CHANCE program. In the Office of Undergraduate Research, Majestic oversees and updates the social media sites and provides advice in person for students interested in undergraduate research. She believes that it is important for students to be fully engaged in their studies and do research early on in their college careers because younger people tend to have some of the best ideas about how we can change the world.

Oluseyi OyuyemiOluseyi Oyeyemi

is a third-year student majoring in Communication with a concentration on Media Studies. She is a fellow in the Urban Public Policy Fellowship Program here at UIC. She is passionate about educational policy and learning about the institutional stakeholders who offer creative engagement and career development opportunities to college students. Within the Office of Undergraduate Research, she works on official email listings and researching about opportunities for students. Her advice for undergraduates interested in pursuing research is to do your background homework and make appointments to speak with professors to make sure you are genuinely interested in what they are doing.