Our Team

Dr. Chris Ashwell, Director

Dr. Ashwell joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2012 when he was named the second director of the department. A faculty member and researcher in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, Dr. Ashwell discovered his career path through his own undergraduate research at Virginia Tech.

Contact Dr. Ashwell at cmashwel@ncsu.edu for:

  • Faculty outreach & development
  • Student appointments
  • NC Science & Engineering Fair

Vacant, Associate Director

  • Student appointments
  • Research proposals & funding
  • ForagerOne research database
  • Assessment questions
  • Summer REU’s

Heather King, University Program Coordinator

Heather has been with the Office of Undergraduate Research since 2014, having previously worked within DASA since 2012 and at NC State since 2007. Heather loves spending time in library archives digging through old papers and documents.

Contact Heather at hking@ncsu.edu for:

  • Federal Work Study Research Assistant Program
  • Travel funding
  • Symposium registration
  • Scheduling information sessions

Livia Pope, Data & Office Assistant

Livia is a second-year junior studying statistics and economics with a minor in mathematics. She has a passion for data analysis and in the future wants to get research published. Livia is a member of Club Tennis and Greek Life.

Marco Valencia, Social Media and Communications Intern

Marco is a fourth-year senior studying political science with a minor in design studies. He has a passion for helping people as well as communities, and in the future wants to serve through public office. Marco is also a member of the NC State Varsity Cheerleading team. Go Pack!

OUR Ambassadors

In addition to our department staff, we have an incredible team of ambassadors! Check out their bios for more information!