We are so very pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Lee to the OSCAR team, as our new assistant director! Dr. Lee is warm and funny and devoted to student success, and is a wonderful addition to OSCAR. Dr. Lee will running the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and teaching the associated seminars and workshops. She will be providing programming to support students in Federal Work-Study Research Assistantships, and will administer the Undergraduate Student Travel Fund.
Students, Dr. Lee is available to talk about finding mentors, developing research projects, working with colleagues, and sharing your research through conferences, papers, etc. She'll hold office hours every week (including evening hours on Wednesdays during the semester), and be available by appointment - just email OSCAR@gmu.edu to set one up.
Dr. Lee is a native Bostonian. Trained as a marine biologist, she studies the ecology and behavior of crabs and crayfish, particularly the biology of invasive species and the impact of human activities on crustacean populations (she is happy to be closer to the ocean!). She is also the coauthor of an anatomy and physiology textbook for first year students. Before coming the George Mason University she was an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and was their first Undergraduate Research Coordinator. She has mentored undergraduate students during her entire professional career and has been a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research as a biology councilor for 12 years. Outside of work she sings barbershop bass and is a Red Sox and Patriots fan.