Jill Sible
JIll Sible

The Office of Undergraduate Research is headed by Jill Sible, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Her areas of responsibility include Undergraduate Research (Office of Undergraduate Research) and Revision to the university's current general education program, Curriculum for Liberal Education. Sible received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D. in cell, molecular, and developmental biology from Tufts University School of Medicine. She was a postdoctoral fellow for Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her guidance brings a great perspective and leadership to the office.


  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of New Hampshire, 1990
  • Ph.D., Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1995 - 1998
Keri Swaby
Keri Swaby

The Office of Undergraduate Research is coordinated by Keri Swaby, who prefers to be called simply "Keri." She holds a BSc in Chemistry from McGill University (Canada), a MSc in Geochemistry from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. She has taught chemistry to high school and college students and managed the quality control program at the world renowned Pickapeppa factory in Jamaica. More recently, Keri has worked as an environmental consultant with Geosyntec Consultants, in Florida. Keri has run her own business and continues to manage the busy schedules of her three young children. She brings a diverse skill set and genuine love of students to the position of University Undergraduate Coordinator.


  • BS, Chemistry, McGill University, 1994
  • MS, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Geochemistry), Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998
  • MBA, Environmental Management, Florida Atlantic University, 2001
Aaron Burdette

Aaron Burdette is a Program Support Specialist for the office. Aaron holds a BSc in Applied Physics and a MSc in Biomedical engineering from Ohio University. During his undergraduate tenure, Aaron participated in multiple areas of research from Biofuel production from non-native invasive plant species, bio-digester design, wind energy analysis/verification, algae fuel production, and autoimmune disorders. Throughout his masters program, he performed work in the design, manufacturing, and utilization of microfluidic devices for studying the mechanical properties of breast cancer in use for early diagnosis. Upon completion of his studies, Aaron worked as Account Manager I for Thermo Fisher Scientific, performing research consulation and sales. He enjoys bringing students closer to research and helping them find their passion. 


  • BS, Applied Physics, Ohio University, 2012
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Ohio University, 2014