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National Board of Directors

CAURS is an initiative of the American Undergraduate Research Society (AURS).  AURS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that actively encourages and promotes undergraduate scientific and engineering research through the joint efforts of many of the top research universities across the country. The program aims to bring together undergraduate researchers studying at American universities in order to give them an opportunity to share their ideas, research, and accomplishments with others at annual regional interdisciplinary research symposia.

Terrance Lee

Terrance Lee is currently pursuing an emergency medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. A graduate of the 7-year BA/MD degree Honors Program In Medical Education at Northwestern University, Terrance was president of his medical school class, editor-in-chief of the campus website, and a member of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Curriculum Renewal Steering Committee. A native of Naperville, IL, he has a BA in Biology and an MD, along with a significant computer science background.

Chandler Robinson

Chandler is currently CEO of the clinical stage biotechnology company Tactic Pharmaceuticals. He has previously worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Bear Stearns Investment Bank, and at a free medical clinic as a manager. Three years of cancer research while an undergraduate at Northwestern University culminated in Chandler publishing in the journal Science on the 1st generation version of Tactic Pharmaceuticals’s ATN-224 compound. Chandler graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a BA in Mathematics and Chemistry, and went on to earn a master's degree in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics on a UK Fulbright Scholarship, as well as an MBA from Cambridge University on a Gates Scholarship. He is currently on a leave of absence, but has one year left of training as a physician at Stanford University Medical School.

Stephen Xue

Stephen is a medical student at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. A graduate of The University of Chicago, Stephen was involved with CAURS all 4 years while he was at Chicago and served as Co-Director for the 2011-2012 school year. Stephen's research interests involve behavioral neurobiology and the molecular basis of motivated behavior, and he plans to conduct research as a physician-scientist in the future.

Faculty Advisors

While CAURS is student-driven and student-run, our wonderful faculty advisors play a critical role in providing assistance and logistical support to the Inter-School Board.

Peter Civetta

Peter Civetta is CAURS’s primary faculty advisor. Peter oversees undergraduate research programs for the Office of the Provost, including the Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) program and the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition. He advises students on grant proposals, works to foster undergraduate research across the University, and helps to develop new initiatives. He is also a lecturer for the American Studies Program, where he teaches on the intersection of performance and culture, particularly looking at the impact of religion, politics, and comedy. Before beginning this position, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, exploring the role and impact of religious beliefs on the 2008 presidential elections.

Victoria Simek

Victoria Simek is the Associate Director of DePaul University's STEM Center. In this role she works with undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in mathematics and science. A particular focus of her work is placing undergraduates in research experiences that will enhance their academic learning. Victoria has been involved with CAURS for over five years and enjoys supporting the Inter-School Board members as they plan and host the annual event. She holds a masters degree in Rhetoric and Composition from DePaul University.

Carlo Segre

Carlo Segre serves as Deputy Director of the Materials Research Collaborative Access Team (MRCAT) which operates an experimental facility for materials research at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). He has been involved in the development of crystal optic devices for delivery and detection of x-rays at synchrotron beamlines and is also an active participant in the IIT Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSRRI). Carlo earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego and completed his post-doc at Rutgers University.