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Meet the Staff

Learn more about AEP program leaders and staff members.


  • David Artis

    David Artis

    David Artis, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Research Advancement, came to the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) in November 2000, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There he had served as a faculty member, graduate school administrator and Director of Academic Services in the School of Public Health.

    At UC San Diego, he has overseen steady growth in the number of AEP programs and services, including coordinating more scholarship opportunities for students in all fields, increased participation in AEP-sponsored undergraduate research conferences, and more collaborative program efforts with other campus units. Dr. Artis is a graduate of Yale and Stanford.

    Contact Adana Martinez at to make an appointment with Dr. David Artis.

Assistant Director

  • Veronica Bejar

    Veronica Bejar

    Veronica Bejar is the Assistant Director for the Academic Enrichment Programs and McNair Program. She has over thirteen years of experience preparing and encouraging talented students to pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees. As the Assistant Director, Veronica assists the ongoing operations of the AEP academic year programs, conferences, and summer research programs.

    Email to schedule an appointment.

Program Coordinators

  • Thomas K. Brown

    Thomas K. Brown

    Thomas K. Brown has been the Coordinator of the UCSD McNair Program since December of 2005. He has earned advanced degrees in chemistry (C.Phil, Caltech) and anthropology (Ph.D., UCSD). In his role as McNair Program coordinator, he helps students find research placements with UC San Diego faculty. The McNair Program is a preparatory program for traditionally under-represented students (first-generation college students from low-income households and those from under-represented ethnic groups) who want to earn a Ph.D. in any field.

    Office Hours: 

         Monday (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
         Thursday (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

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  • Claire Kim

    Claire Kim

    Claire Kim is the Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator. She helps students from all disciplines navigate the process of building strong relationships with faculty mentors and take advantage of all the research-related resources that AEP has to offer. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from UCLA, with a concentration on 18th-century British novels.

    Office Hours: Thursday (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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  • Kirsten Kung

    Kirsten Kung

    Kirsten Kung, Ph.D., works with a number of students through the Academic Enrichment Programs office. She has extensive experience coordinating multiple year research programs and helping students experience opportunities outside of the classroom. She is particularly interested in issues related to mentoring, engaged learning, and research ethics. Dr. Kung received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Social Psychology with minors in Health Psychology and Quantitative Psychology. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, she was a faculty member at the University of Houston.

    Office Hours:

         Monday  (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
         Thursday  (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

    Email to make an appointment.

  • Tyler Rogers

    Tyler Rogers

    Tyler Rogers is the Program Coordinator for Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS).  Through the Academic Enrichment Programs office, he collaborates with the Provosts of all seven colleges in creating pathways for students to access research & experiential learning opportunities under the guidance of faculty mentors.

    Tyler is completing his PhD in American Studies at Yale University, where he also earned an MA and MPhil in American Studies.  He also earned a BA in Ethnic Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Prior to coming to UCSD, Tyler held a faculty appointment as Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in American Studies at Williams College.

    Office Hours: Wednesday (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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  • Sophia Tsai

    Sophia Tsai

    Sophia Tsai coordinates multiple programs within the Academic Enrichment Programs office. She has experience coordinating student-mentor matching, research scholarships, and helping students get more out of their research programs. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in molecular biology doing x-ray crystallography, and her Bachelor of Science at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) studying Cybernetics with an emphasis on Bioinformatics. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, she was a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA.

    Office Hours:

         Monday (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
         Tuesday (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

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Support Staff

  • Adana Martinez

    Adana Martinez

    Adana Martinez is the Executive Assistant for the Academic Enrichment Programs. She has over five years of administrative experience working in UCSD. As the Executive Assistant, Adana assists the Dean of Undergraduate Research Advancement and the AEP staff with developing and implementing ongoing projects. Adana is a UCSD alumni and received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

    Email to make an appointment.

  • Marie Sheneman

    Marie Sheneman

    Marie Sheneman is the McNair Program Assistant Coordinator. She assists in all stages of the program, from recruiting program participants to collecting post-graduation data. Marie earned her PhD in sociology from Iowa State University. During her time in Iowa, she was a sociology professor and honors program coordinator at a community college. Through her work with the honors program, Marie fell in love with working with students outside the classroom and helping them enhance their education.

    Email to make an appointment.

Student Assistants

  • Caesar Aceituno

    Caesar Aceituno

    Hello, My name is Caesar Aceituno,  I am from Los Angeles California. I transferred from Long Beach City College. I am in Muir college, studying Sociology with a specialization in Social Inequalities with a minor in Education Studies. I have been a scholar in TRELS and now a scholar in McNair. In my free time; I skate, watch films/TV, play video games, paint and read. 

  • Simonne Darbonne

    Simonne Darbonne

    Simonne Darbonne is the front desk student assistant for Academic Enrichment Programs. She is a second year at UC San Diego from Eleanor Roosevelt College with a major in International Business. Simonne is from Fairfield, located in northern California. She began working for the Academic Enrichment Programs the fall of 2019 after returning from studying abroad in Spain for the summer.  In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and drawing.