Office of Undergraduate Research

Office of Undergraduate Research Staff

Dr. Travis Boyce

Faculty Fellow for Undegraduate Research

Office: Candelaria 0140B
Candalaria Office Hours: By Appointment


Dr. Travis Boyce is the Faculty Fellow for the Office of Undergraduate Research and an associate professor of Africana Studies. He joined the faculty at UNC in 2009 and earned tenure and promotion in 2014. Dr. Boyce holds a B.A. in history (2002) from Claflin University, and an M.A. in history (2004) and a Ph.D in cultural studies (2009) from Ohio University. Although his area of focus lies in studying college presidents at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), he has various research interests, such as contemporary U.S. history, the United States during Reconstruction, American cultural studies, and African diasporic studies. His scholarly work includes presenting at national and international conferences, publishing articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals, writing book chapters, and authoring numerous encyclopedia entries in the African American National Biography. Dr. Boyce is presently completing a book project tentatively titled Historicizing Fear (in contract with the University Press of Colorado).



Shannon Wawrzyniak

Coordinator for Office of Undergraduate Research & Undergraduate Research Journal

(970) 351-4309

Shannon is currently working toward her Doctorate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program at UNC.  Shannon earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in political science and history, as well as a secondary social studies teaching certificate.  While teaching, Shannon found she had a passion for politics and civic engagement and decided to continue her education at the University of Montana School of Law.  Iin law school, Shannon continued to pursue her passion for politics but also discovered an interest in social justice through her time working with clients at the legal clinics associated with the law school.  Following graduation, Shannon practiced law briefly before returning to teaching where she believed she could hopefully ignite a passion for engagement and justice in students who could make a difference.  As a high school social studies teacher for the last ten years, Shannon has taught a number of advanced courses while incorporating socially conscious curriculum.  She is looking forward to bringing her experience, scholarship, and passion for political engagement, civic responsibility, leadership and social justice to the President’s Leadership Program and its curriculum.