Bessie has championed undergraduate research for over 20 years at the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, with a focus on faculty development and assessment. As a notably progressive education administrator, Bessie has held major roles with national research funding agencies, the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Bessie has successfully launched ScholarBridge at the University of Kentucky. She will serve as a member of our advisory board.