People

Jeff Berg

Assistant Director, Research and Fellowships
Jeff Berg

JEFF BERG (617.495-5050) is an assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. In this role he stewards the process of helping students explore the many funding opportunities administered by URAF. Jeff supports applicants and administers faculty committees throughout the review and selection processes. In addition to his fellowships work, Jeff manages the Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program (SHARP) and is also responsible for the administrative management of Phi Beta Kappa elections. Before joining the URAF team, he was the program administrator in Harvard’s Department of English. A native New Englander, Jeff grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, studied English at Bates College and holds a master’s degree in higher education policy and administration from Boston University. In addition to his role at URAF, Jeff is a Title IX coordinator for students at the College.

Meg Brooks Swift

Research Projects Specialist
Meg Brooks Swift

MEG BROOKS SWIFT currently serves URAF as research projects specialist and is also a senior admissions officer for Harvard College.  She is the former director of the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) at URAF, as well as director of the Student Employment Office (SEO) and associate director of Financial Aid in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.  Before joining the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Meg directed the Public Service Network and the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College.  She has served on the Board of Freshman Advisers and spent two years as a resident tutor in Adams House.  Meg received an AB in anthropology from Harvard College and an MBA/MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to returning to Harvard, Meg taught middle school in New Jersey with Teach for America, served as a research analyst at a small nonprofit organization serving low income families and provided government sector consulting for IBM.

Greg Llacer

Director, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF)
Director, Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE)
Greg Llacer

GREGORY A. LLACER (617.384-7995) is the director of the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.  An associate of Leverett House and a member of the Harvard College Board of Freshman Advisers, Greg also has been the director the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) since its inception in 2005.  In addition to his Harvard responsibilities, Greg is editorial chair of the national Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Journal.  Prior to his appointment as URAF director, Greg served in several administrative roles, including institutional director of postdoctoral affairs, interim chief of staff for the vice provost of research (in the Office of the President and Provost), and coordinator of the Herchel Smith-Harvard Research and Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowships at OCS.  Before arriving at Harvard in 2004, he managed educational initiatives and academic enrichment programs for the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). Greg spent the first 16 years of his administrative career in the academic and research planning unit of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of California, San Diego, where he was senior research analyst for the Vice Chancellor for Research.  Greg received an AB degree from San Diego State University in liberal studies with an emphasis on education, and conducted postgraduate study at UCSD and SDSU focused on learning sciences in cross-cultural education and language policy.

Jorge Rodriguez-Tavares

Staff Assistant, Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program
Jorge Rodriguez-Tavares

JORGE RODRIGUEZ-TAVARES (617.495-8434) is the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Amgen Scholars Program Staff Assistant. He provides support to the visiting research fellows during the summer program, as well as assisting in the planning process throughout the academic year. Before joining URAF, Jorge worked in Dubai, London and New York City as part of various non-profit groups and most recently at Harvard Kennedy School. Jorge received a dual BA in political science and international relations from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard University with a focus on organizational management.

Cammi Valdez

Assistant Director, Research and Fellowships
Cammi Valdez

CAMMI VALDEZ (617.496-6220) is an assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. She is responsible for managing the pre-professional programming activities of the PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP, and SURGH programs, as well as the House operations of the Summer Undergraduate Research Village, and advising students on research opportunities and programs at Harvard and beyond. In addition, Cammi manages the Amgen Scholars Program. Before joining the URAF team, she worked at MIT as the program manager for the MIT Summer Research Program. She has also served on the Board of Freshman Advisers. During her graduate career, she was the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, represented Harvard at the 60th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, and spent two years as the President of the Harvard Graduate Student Council. Cammi received a BS Professional in chemistry and a BS in mathematics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and holds a PhD in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard University.

Gwen Volmar

Assistant Director, Research and Fellowships
Gwen Volmar

GWEN VOLMAR (617.495-8126) is an assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. She is responsible for communications, management, and advising for the more than 30 fellowship competitions run through the Office. In addition, she is the primary administrator for Harvard's Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT), the institutional application utility used by the College, GSAS, and affiliated research enterprises across the university.  Before joining the research and fellowships team, Gwen taught fifth grade in Oakland, California, and worked with Human Rights Watch and Teachers Without Borders. At UC Berkeley, she studied Spanish literature and worked as a research apprentice studying second-language acquisition in schools. Gwen recently received her master's degree in psychology.

Margot Hanson Vona

Programs Manager, Research and Fellowships
Margot Hanson Vona

MARGOT HANSON VONA (617.384-7959) is the programs manager for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. She is responsible for the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) and the administration of the Harvard College-Mindich Engaged Research programs (in collaboration with the College's Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship). In addition, Margot provides support for the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of URAF-administered undergraduate research grants. She comes to URAF with experience managing programs and conducting research at the intersection of education, public service, and organizational development at organizations such as Newton Public Schools, Rhode Island Campus Compact, and the AmeriCorpsVISTA national service program. Margot studied political science as an undergraduate at Providence College and holds a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.