Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR Staff

Nigel Rothfels


Nigel RothfelsNigel attended college at the University of Utah, received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and has held post-doctoral research fellowships from Princeton University, the Australian National University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (2002) and the editor of a cross-disciplinary collection of essays, Representing Animals (2002). He has been at UWM since 1994, serving as Assistant Director of the Center for Twentieth (now 21st) Century Studies, and then as Director of the Edison Initiative in the College of Letters and Science, before becoming the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2007. Email:

Kyla Esguerra

Associate Director

Kyla Moore Kyla Esguerra received her Master's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI. At UWM, she has worked as a Lecturer in the English department and with the UROP program as an Instructional Specialist and the UROP coordinator before signing on as Associate Director to the new Office of Undergraduate Research. She has been named a Center Scholar at UWM by the Center for Instructional and Professional Development for the 2006-07 and '07-'08 academic years, and is currently researching student learning within a paired-course learning community environment and effective use of sample papers in the classroom. Off campus, she enjoys cooking, trips out West, and spending time with family and her two cats, Furious and Alastair. Email:

Tamara Long


Tamara LongTamara received her Master's degree in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from the University of Phoenix - Brookfield, WI campus, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While attending UWM, she worked for the TRIO/Pre-College Programs, formally known as the Pre-College Academy. In her spare time, Tamara teaches information technology and graphic design courses at a local technical college. She enjoys working with students of all ages, designing, listening to jazz, and spending time with friends and family. Email:


Scott Payne

Programs Coordinator

Scott Payne Scott Payne received his Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in History. His academic interests include communist and anti-communist history, as well as public history and museology. In his free time, Scott enjoys riding his bike on the wonderful bike trails in Milwaukee and playing disc golf. Email: