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OUR Staff

  • Stuart Long

    Associate Dean
    Undergraduate Research and the Honors College

    Stuart Long is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College and is the academic advisor for all Honors students majoring in electrical and computer engineering. Additionally, Dr. Long regularly teaches the honors section of undergraduate introductory course in electromagnetic waves.  He has mentored over 90 undergraduate students in his research during his 44-year career at the University of Houston.  He holds a doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University, and his research involves antenna design, wireless communications, and applied electromagnetics. 

  • Brittni MacLeod

    Associate Director,
    Office of Undergraduate Research

    Brittni oversees the Office of Undergraduate Research and supports students as they conduct faculty-mentored research projects at the University of Houston. Brittni is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech University, researching First Generation Students and issues surrounding scholastic probation. Brittni holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Undergraduate students interested in conducting research at the University of Houston should contact Brittni for information on how to get involved, as well as how to apply for the SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis programs. Questions about the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards may also be directed to Mrs. MacLeod.

  • Ben Rayder

    National Fellowships and Major Awards

    As Director of National Fellowships and Major Awards, Ben raises awareness of scholarship and fellowship opportunities, while also providing support to students throughout the application process.  Prior to joining the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2017, he worked as the Assistant Director in the Fellowships Office at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Ben holds a doctorate in Comparative Politics from the University of Bamberg and a Master’s in Modern European Studies from the University College London. He earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and German from the College of the Holy Cross.  Ben is an alumnus of the Fulbright Student Program, in which he was an English Teaching Assistant at a vocational school in Duisburg, Germany.  Ben possesses a deep commitment to supporting young scholars pursue their academic and professional goals.

  • Rikki Bettinger

    Mellon Research Scholars Program

    As the Coordinator for the Mellon Research Scholars Program, Rikki works directly with the Mellon Scholars as they conduct individual research projects in the humanities and apply to competitive graduate programs. Rikki received her doctorate in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2018. She specializes in nineteenth-century transnational Latin American and Caribbean women’s histories with an emphasis on travel writings in the Americas. Rikki also completed a Master’s degree in History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Rikki taught high school history in San Antonio.