OURS Staff

Sean Burns
Sean Burns - Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

In his role as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, Sean draws from a rich history of building project-based experiential learning programs that provide students with the most transformative forms of education. Sean received the Excellence in Management Award at UC Berkeley in 2018 for his leadership of the OURS office, and he has been centrally involved in campus efforts to expand research and other forms of experiential learning to all Cal undergradutes. His own scholarship and teaching focuses on U.S. social movement history and the dynamic intersections of community activism, political education, and the remaking of the social imagination. For his course on "Social Movements, Urban History, and the Politics of Memory," Sean was awarded the Chancellor's Faculty Civic Engagement Award (2014) and the American Cultures Teaching Innovation Award (2015). He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and, prior to working at Cal, taught within UCSC's Community Studies Department. Burns' first book, a biography of Archie Green, was awarded the 2012 CLR James Book of the Year Award.

Leah Carroll - Haas Scholars Program Manager and Advisor

Leah manages the Haas Scholars Program and advises the scholars and applicants. She also gives most of the research workshops for the office and organizes outreach events. Leah came to the OURS in 2001 after having worked as a liberal arts college professor for four years. She was program coordinator of the Haas Scholars Program for ten years, then was Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships for almost four years before returning to her beloved Haas Scholars Program. Leah has degrees in sociology from Oberlin College and UC Berkeley. Her research, which holds great personal meaning for her, focuses on social movements, electoral politics, and political violence in Colombian war zones. Having engaged in life-changing research experiences, Leah is delighted to be in a position to expand such opportunities for UC Berkeley undergraduates.

Mary Crabb - Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Program and UCDC

Mary Crabb joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2009 as student advisor and program manager for the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. In this capacity, she works with students interested in applying for the Prize as well as manages the selection and administration of the award. More recently, she has taken on management of Berkeley's UCDC program, which sends undergraduates to Washington, DC for a semester to intern and take classes.  She is also the staff advisor for the two major campus journals for the publication of undergraduate research: Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, for research in the humanities and social sciences, and Berkeley Scientific, for research in the sciences.

Prior to joining OURS, Mary worked in the publishing industry in New York City and taught ESL in Guangzhou and Beijing, China. Mary received her bachelor's degree in English from Duke University and did her graduate work at UC Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation research examined educational privatization in China and the growth of the Chinese middle class. Mary continues to be inspired by the creative ideas and positive energy of Berkeley students!

Brittany Daws - SURF advisor for math, science, and engineering

Brittany Daws serves as the SURF STEM Advisor. She is a PhD candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology and is also a member of the graduate chemical biology program. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in chemistry. During her time at Long Beach Brittany focused on environmental chemistry, investigating the use of advanced oxidative processes (AOPs) to degrade harmful substances found in waste waters, while also teaching several undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses. Now Brittany works in Dr. Evan Miller’s lab at UC Berkeley synthesizing fluorescent probes to study how voltage functions in molecular signaling pathways. 

Stefanie Ebeling - URAP Program Manager and Advisor

Stefanie Ebeling joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2005 as the student advisor for the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. Since 2011, she functions as the liaison to both students and faculty mentors, and coordinates all aspects of the program. Stefanie first came to UC Berkeley in 1991 as a visiting student from the University of Hamburg, where she finished her graduate degree in Second Language Acquisition. Aside from enjoying her role of helping undergraduates and mentors connect, Stefanie is a bit of a nerd who loves to grapple with new technology.

Roland Fang - Student Assistant - Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

    Roland joined OURS in the summer of 2016 as a work-study staff member focused on adminstrative support. He is a first-generation student enrolled at UC Berkeley studying Business Administration. He looks forward to discovering the vast opportunities the university has to offer and meeting intelligent students engaged in research. His interests at the moment include basketball, photography, and music.  

    Alicia Hayes - Prestigious Scholarships and Scholarship Connection

    Alicia Hayes has been an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships since 2001. In this role, she manages the scholarship selection processes for several prestigious and nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship competitions, in addition to maintaining the Scholarship Connection website. Alicia is also working to advance the professional growth of advisors as demonstrated through her work with the campus Advising Network Community. In addition, she is an active member in the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) and has served on the NAFA Board of Directors and as the organization's Secretary. Alicia was the first in her family to graduate from college and holds graduate degrees in History and Public Administration. In her spare time she continues her involvement with students by serving as a mentor to first generation college students. Alicia is clearly passionate about making educational enrichment opportunities more accessible to every student she encounters.

    Brittany Johnson - SURF coordinator

    Brittany Johnson is proud to return to Cal as a SURF program coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from our English department and went on to earn her Master of Studies in Victorian literature from the University of Oxford, Christ Church College. She is a Haas Scholars and McNair Scholars alumna. Her past research focused on femininity, idealism, the Gothic, and the Romantic legacy in Victorian poetry and novels. She is especially fond of the Brontë sisters, Tennyson, Keats, PB Shelley, and Hardy. She works to support undergraduate research and academic wellness for all and empower underrepresented students. She is a big fan of dance, live music, travel, food, and the great outdoors. 


    Carisma Leyva - Student Assistant - Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

      Carisma joined OURS during fall 2018 as a work-study staff member. As a first generation first-year at UC Berkeley, Carisma is particularly interested in psychology and hopes to further her education in the field. In addition to her academic endeavors, Carisma finds herself interested in music, writing, and various forms of art. Originally from Southern California, her move to become a new member of the UC Berkeley community has excited her with numerous opportunities and experiences. 

      Emily Remirez - SURF advisor for social sciences and humanities

        Emily (she/her/hers) is thrilled to serve as the social science and humanities advisor within the SURF program and is a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a BA in Linguistics in 2015. While at Rice, she cultivated an interest in mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches to language use, and in the relationships between language, identity construction, and cognition. Since arriving at Berkeley, she has been a member of the UC PhonLab, focusing primarily on the effects of social expectations on speech perception. Outside of her research, she gets excited about her dog, science fiction, coffee, and working to make her communities more inclusive and equitable.  You can schedule an appointment with Emily via this online sign up sheet. Appointments can be in person (Dwinelle 2422) or via Zoom.