Lauren Tuckley is the Director of the Center for Research and Fellowships. She joined the department in August 2011, then GOFAR. Tuckley is dedicated to designing, developing, and administering transformative co-curricular research programs and mentoring Georgetown University students and young alumni competing for national and international fellowships.
Tuckley is currently a Ph.D. student in Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University where her research focuses on genre theory, occluded academic genres, and the rhetorical pedagogy of the personal statement.
In 2016, she was the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators award to Korea. And in 2017, she was a recipient of Georgetown University’s President’s Excellence award.
Bill Cessato joined the Center in February 2022 as the Deputy Director.
Colleen Dougherty joined the Center for Research and Fellowships in August 2021. Through her work, Colleen aims to increase accessibility in fellowships advising for all Georgetown students with a special focus on reflective practices intended to help students identify and develop personal and career goals. Colleen primarily manages the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme, the Beinecke Scholarship nomination process, and collaborates with her colleagues on the Fulbright US Student Program, in addition to other fellowships in the Center’s portfolio. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Colleen served as the Assistant Director for Early Career Initiatives with NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she managed professional development programs for undergraduate student, graduate student, and new professional members. Colleen holds a master’s degree in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine and bachelor’s degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Anthropology from the University of Delaware.
Administrative Program Assistant
Fatima Smith joined the department in August 2021. Smith provides part-time administrative support for the Center. Additionally, Smith provides part-time support to the University’s Honor Council.
CRF Student Support
Valerie is a sophomore in the MSB originally from Olympia, Washington (the other Washington).
She is majoring in Finance and Marketing and minoring in Environmental Studies. Around campus, Valerie is part of the Georgetown Marketing Association as well as the GREEN Club.
In her free time, she enjoys sight-seeing around DC, cooking, and exploring popular DC eats with friends.
Ultimately, Valerie hopes to pursue a career in sustainability-focused business or consulting.