Carol Bender, Director Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Carol Bender, Director Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Carol Bender
University Distinguished Outreach Professor
Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program and Related Programs

Carol came to the University of Arizona in 1988 and assumed her present position in 1989. She has watched UBRP grow from its promising beginning of 19 students and 13 faculty members in 1988 to its 2016 size of 140 students and 240 faculty members. Research opportunities for students now include placements at Barrow Neurological Institute, the USDA Western Cotton Research Laboratory, and the USDA Carl Hayden Bee Research Laboratory. For many years, experienced UBRP students could  apply for funding to participate in research abroad related to the research they do at UA through the Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open! (BRAVO!) Program. BRAVO! participants did in research in 34 countries. Laboratories in both the developing and developed world were included in the project. In 2015, the Prozkoumat! Program was offered to support 10 students doing parasitology research in Czech.  This program will be offered again during the summer of 2016.  In addition to program planning, proposal development, and project administration, Carol enjoys travel and has visited several of the BRAVO! sites. She participated in the 1997 Fulbright-sponsored International Education Administrators Program in Japan and the 2011 Fullbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar in India.  In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Jennifer CubetaJennifer Cubeta
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Jennifer graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Science Education, and obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She is a UBRP alumna! Her background in biology and education led her to teach middle-school life science after college, and more recently, to serve as an academic advisor for the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, helping students navigate their way through college to achieve their educational and career goals. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family, play soccer, cook, travel, and serve as a musician at her church.


Vince LeonVince Leon
Accountant, Undergraduate Biology Research Program and Dept. of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Vince Leon is the UBRP accountant and payroll representative.  Vince has been a part of the University of Arizona community for over 30 years where he started as a student.  In February 2013, he transferred to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.  During his time at the University of Arizona, he has been the lead on different accounting systems at the University from beta tester to instructor. During his spare time, Vince enjoys spending time with his family, working out, reading, camping and bike riding.