Frink Appointed Director of Undergraduate Research Office

Jan. 20, 2015

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Division of Research and Economic Development are pleased to announce the appointment of anthropology professor Liam Frink as the director of the new Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (OUR-UNLV).

Frink will launch the newly formed office, which will work to coordinate and stimulate undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities at UNLV.

The office will seek to accomplish a variety of goals, including the following:

  • to centralize data gathering and communication on undergraduate research initiatives with key stakeholders;
  • to showcase undergraduate research to benefit recruitment of high-caliber high-school students;
  • to form partnerships connecting the needs of NSHE institutions;
  • to develop infrastructure to support undergraduate research for the mutual benefit of students and faculty;
  • to coordinate and provide support and training opportunities for faculty mentors;
  • to raise and manage funds to support undergraduate research particularly in ways that take advantage of UNLV MSI status;
  • to coordinate efforts for long-term student career preparation, including graduate student recruitment;
  • to organize, communicate, and celebrate university-wide undergraduate research symposia.

Frink joined the UNLV faculty in 2005 and has a highly regarded research portfolio, including several National Science Foundation grants and an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications and books. He conducts both field and laboratory research involving students and serves as the undergraduate coordinator of the anthropology department. He previously served as the university’s first Faculty Mentoring Program Director, for which he designed programs to retain and develop junior faculty.