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 through the Oxford Overseas Research Fellowship scheme (ORS). 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 Stanford's Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program; research focused opportunities including the Goldwater, Astronaut, Carnegie, 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
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 students while facilitating high-impact research opportunities for undergraduates.  

Specializes in undergraduate research support and involvement across all campus.

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). Prior to joining the staff at University of Chicago, Sandra taught undergraduate courses in human geography, environment and urban studies at Temple University and University of Kentucky. By also teaching courses in intensive writing and research design for three years at Temple, 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 research grants and national fellowships. 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-based national fellowships including: National Science Foundation GRFP, Fulbright Study/Research, James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship, Goldwater, and Astronaut, among others; UChicago-based research grants; advanced writing support for research proposals and fellowship applications; graduate school application support; and, research design and general undergraduate research support and involvement across all campus.

Nicholas Morris
Associate Director, National Fellowships, College Center for Research and Fellowships
  • MA, Liberal Studies, Villanova University
  • BA, Humanities, Villanova University


Nicholas Morris is the Associate Director for National Scholarships and Fellowships for the College Center for Research and Fellowships. His professional focus includes the US Student Fulbright Program application, China-focused fellowships, public service scholarships, as well as mentoring second and third year students as they prepare for these applications. He has been working in higher education for six years. Prior to joining the staff at University of Chicago, Nick was the National Fellowships Coordinator for the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. He also manages CCRF's social media presence (Follow us! @UChicago_CCRF on Twitter and on Facebook). Nick earned his BA and MA from Villanova University in Humanities and Liberal Studies, respectively. 

Specializes in the U.S. Student Fulbright Grant Program, Yenching Academy Scholars Program, Schwarzman Scholarship, NSEP Boren Scholarship, US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes, Truman, Beinecke, and Udall scholarships.