Interim Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research Receives UW-Milwaukee Academic Staff Outstanding Performance and Service Award

Congratulations to Kyla Esguerra on receiving this competitive and prestigious award! Kyla currently serves as the Interim Director of the UW-Milwaukee Office of Undergraduate Research and the Chair of WisCUR.

The UWM Report story states:

“Kyla Esguerra has been instrumental in the nationally recognized success of UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Over the years, she has served as associate, then deputy and now interim director.

In addition to helping connect undergraduates with research opportunities, Esguerra has been instrumental in developing innovations that have increased opportunities for students. In 2008, she developed the UR@UWM summer research program for incoming students.

She is currently leading the UWM and MCW Cancer Center partnership program, helping build pathways for cancer-focused research experiences for UWM undergraduates.

During the pandemic, as chair of the Academic Staff Committee, she rose to the numerous challenges academic staff faced.

“From my perspective in campus leadership and as a faculty member, I can say that Kyla’s exceptional organizational skills and her grace and fortitude under pressure were consistently on display that year,” wrote Mark Harris, vice provost for research, in a letter of recommendation.””

To read about the other Fall Award recipients, visit the UWM Report for the full story.