Our Staff

Nichole Fazio, DPhil (Oxon)
Director, Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships, College Center for Research and Fellowships
  • DPhil (PhD), History of Art, University of Oxford
  • MSt, History of Art, University of Oxford, Awarded with Distinction
  • MA, History of Art, Aesthetics, Marylhurst University

Nichole Fazio is the founding Director of the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF), the first center at the University of Chicago dedicated to supporting College students in their research activities and applying to nationally competitive fellowships. She is also a College lead on undergraduate research initiatives in the arts and humanities. Previous to her appointment at Chicago, Nichole held a similar position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), where she built its first Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships and helped University leadership institutionalize undergraduate research. There she also taught honors courses in the History of Art and co-designed and led the Haslam Scholars' research-based summer program at the University of Edinburgh. She began her career in undergraduate research and national fellowships at the University of Washington (UW) as the Assistant Director for both the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and Undergraduate Research Program, helping to design and launch its Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. Nichole was twice honored by the University of Washington for excellence in undergraduate education and in 2014 received Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising, an award given to six members of UTK's faculty and staff. She is also the co-author of The Best Scholarships for the Best Students with Dr. Jason Morris and Donald Asher (Peterson’s Publishing, 2010).

Nichole completed her doctorate in the History of Art at the University of Oxford, where she was a postgraduate fellow at Trinity College and supported by an Oxford Overseas Research Award fellowship (ORSAS/Clarendon Bursary). Her scholarship focuses on 19th-century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her visual treatment of poetry, particularly that of Alfred Tennyson. Additional teaching and research interests include the Pre-Raphaelites, early British Symbolism, and women artists in late 19th-century Britain. 

Specializes in undergraduate research support, with a particular focus on the arts and humanities; supports postgraduate, open discipline national fellowships, including the British and Irish Fellowships: Marshall, Ertegun, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, Churchill, Mitchell, and the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program; research-focused opportunities including the Goldwater, Astronaut, and NSF GRFP for undergraduate candidates; and is the UChicago FPA for the Fulbright Scholar (Faculty) and Post-Doc programs. Additional expertise in UK/IRE graduate study opportunities.

Tracy Nyerges, MSW
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research, College Center for Research and Fellowships
  • MSW, Direct Practice Health, University of Washington

Tracy Nyerges is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research for the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF). She has administered student advising, academic affairs, special programming, and research activities at multiple higher education institutions, including the University of Missouri, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Vermont, and Northwestern University. Tracy also served as the Assistant Director for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at the University of Washington (UW) where she managed new and growing summer STEM and Arts & Humanities undergraduate research programs and promoted research opportunities, scholarship, and fellowships in all disciplines for over eight years. While at UW, she helped to run one of the largest Undergraduate Research Symposiums in the country and received the 2013 UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs Award for Excellence for her dedication to students. Tracy earned an MSW from UW and applies her social work skills and education to effectively support and advise College students while facilitating high-impact undergraduate research opportunities.  

Specializes in undergraduate research support and involvement across all campus. Additional expertise in summer research program opportunities, including the Amgen Scholars Program.

Sandra Zupan, PhD
Assistant Director, National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research
  • Phd, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MS, Conservation Social Sciences, University of Idaho
  • MS, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University (Hungary)

Sandra Zupan is the Assistant Director of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research for the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF). Sandra completed a Ph.D. in Geography in 2010. For the following seven years, Sandra taught undergraduate courses in human geography, environment and urban studies at Temple University and University of Kentucky. She worked to enhance students’ global literacy and cultural competence by teaching World Society General Education courses, as well as encouraging students to pursue international experiences. By also teaching courses in research design and intensive writing, she gained extensive experience in helping students articulate their academic interests, develop research proposals and improve writing skills. Sandra’s mentees were successful in obtaining national fellowships, research grants, study abroad and employment in Central America, East Asia, Central Asia, as well as Western and Eastern Europe. She sought to further enhance student scholarly advancement by serving on both university and national selection committees, including Fulbright, Boren, Truman and Udall. Sandra also brings a personal history of achievement in fellowships, which facilitated her academic and applied research in urban policy, economic development and justice alliances in contemporary urban America.

Specializes in research, international and post-graduate fellowships including: Fulbright (Study/Research), National Science Foundation GRFP, James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros FellowshipBill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship,Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Boren Scholarship and Critical Language Scholarship, among others; research design and writing support for research proposals and fellowship applications; and, general undergraduate support and involvement across all campus.

Arthur Salvo, PhD
Assistant Director, National Fellowships, College Center for Research and Fellowships
  • PhD, Germanic Languages, Columbia University
  • MA, Germanic Languages and Literatures, New York University
  • BA, Germanic Languages and Literatures, New York University

Arthur Salvo is the Assistant Director of Scholarships and Fellowships for the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF). Arthur received his PhD in 2015, and his scholarship focuses on German literature around 1800, aesthetics, and visual culture. Prior to joining CCRF, he mentored and advised students, taught courses in German, and introduced undergraduates to the humanities by teaching in the Core curricula of Columbia University, Colgate University, and the University of Chicago. At Columbia, he was named the Robert Belknap Core Faculty Fellow and received the Core Preceptor Award in recognition of his teaching. A recipient of research fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Arthur provides fellowships advising to first and second-year students and supports CCRF’s outreach initiatives.

Specializes in the Beinecke, Fulbright (Study/Research, Germany), DAAD Programs, Bosch, Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), Boren Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and Davis Projects for Peace Prize; also provides support for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program and other select research-based and postgraduate fellowships.