Elizabeth Gamarra, Former UROP Scholar, is Killing It

Elizabeth Gamarra took full advantage of the programs offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Elizabeth participated in UROP in the Summer and Fall of 2015, researching the resettlement experiences of children who entered the United States as refugees. The next spring, Elizabeth presented her research at both the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) and the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR) as well as published her research with Professor Joanna Bettmann Schaefer in the Undergraduate Research Journal. She is a two-time Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (OURA) winner in the College of Social Work and was awarded the Undergraduate Scholar Designation (URSD) upon her graduation in Spring 2016.

Rachel Hayes-Harb, director, and Elizabeth Gamarra at the OURA Luncheon (2016).

Elizabeth Gamarra and mentor, Professor Dena Ned at the OURA Luncheon (2015).

After graduation, Elizabeth has only continued to excel. Elizabeth is currently on a Fulbright Grant in Spain. She recently gave a TEDx talk in Salt Lake City titled “Human Mobility: A Uniting Journey of Perspectives” where she “challenges us to re-think how we treat immigrants and refugees.” Elizabeth is also the recipient of one of fifty worldwide Rotary International Peace Fellow sponsorships for a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution. This award will cover tuition, room & board, and language instruction at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.

Elizabeth writes: “I am grateful for making my UROP experience a memorable one. I am especially grateful for the time you took to guide me and opening doors to so many amazing researchers that I have had the honor of working with (in and outside my field).”

Congratulations on all of your good work, Elizabeth! We look forward to all of the amazing things that you are working towards.


Getting involved in any of our programs (including those listed above such as UROP, the URS, UCUR, the Outstanding Researcher Award, the URSD, or any of our other programming) begins with an appointment with one of our excellent undergraduate research advisors. Make an appointment online at our.utah.edu/for-students/getting-started/undergraduate-research-advising!