Image of Kelley Merriam-Castro in Tucson garden

Kelley Merriam-Castro

Program Manager, Undergraduate Research Initiatives

Kelley Merriam-Castro, Ph.D., originally hails from Seattle, Washington, but chose Tucson as her home after moving here to study at the University of Arizona in 1999.  Kelley has a life-long love of learning that has led her to a variety of experiences. From working as a researcher in a microbiology lab, to an analyst position in criminal intelligence, to eventually a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Mexican cultural History, Kelley has always been interested in exploring research questions across academic disciplines.  She also has a long history of helping students find their passion – and success in that passion – in academics and in life.  Her primary role on campus is with the office of Student Engagement and Career Development at the University of Arizona.  As Program Manager of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, she is passionate about helping students gain experience conducting research on society’s most pressing questions in the arts, sciences, and beyond.