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Dr. Rachel Verni is excited to join Hunter College as its first Director of Undergraduate Research.  Dr. Verni received her graduate degree in psychology from The Graduate Center in 2011.  She has experience working in various administrative and teaching roles throughout her tenure at CUNY, including in Office of the Provost at Hunter, the Human Research Protection Program at the Graduate Center and the CUNY Urban Health Collaborative.  She also taught as an Adjunct Lecturer in Hunter’s Department of Psychology.   The range of her scholarly interests include the study of identity and social media, inter- and intragroup relations, and stereotype threat.  Prior to joining Hunter, Dr. Verni served as Co-Director of an NIMH-funded study exploring HIV and STD risk at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and as consultant and qualitative analyst for Knowledge in the Public Interest, which builds web-based communities to connect people and agencies with shared goals. 

Dr. Verni’s role as Director of Undergraduate Research was created as part of Hunter’s strategic plan to increase student success and engagement by expanding research opportunities for undergraduates.  Dr. Verni works closely with faculty, staff and students to provide opportunities for faculty-student collaborations that examine, create and share new knowledge or creative works and help our undergraduates develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and beyond.  Dr. Verni directs Hunter’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, plans Hunter’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference and oversees Hunter’s NSF-funded Science Mathematics Opportunities Network (SciMON), which facilitates and supports undergraduate research opportunities within STEM-related disciplines. 


Contact the Director

Dr. Rachel Verni
Office: HE1008A
Tel: (212) 650-3181