Our Staff

Nichole Fazio

Director of the Center for Scholarly Advancement
  • DPhil (PhD), History of Art, University of Oxford
  • MSt, History of Art, University of Oxford, Awarded with Distinction
  • MA, History of Art, Aesthetics, Marylhurst University

Nichole Fazio is the founding Director of the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA), the first center at the University of Chicago dedicated to supporting College students in their undergraduate research activities and applying to nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and other postgraduate opportunities. She also serves on the College Dean of Student's executive leadership team. Previous to her appointment at the University of Chicago, Nichole held a similar position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), where she was hired to build its first Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships and worked closely with the then Vice-Chancellor for Research in helping to develop a strategic plan for launching its formal undergraduate research program. At UTK, she taught introductory courses for the Haslam Scholars Program, co-designed and led the Haslam Scholars research-based Summer Program at the University of Edinburgh, and taught honors courses in the history of art. She began her career in undergraduate research and national fellowships at the University of Washington (UW) as the Assistant Director for both the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and Undergraduate Research Program, helping to design and launch its Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. She is the co-author of The Best Scholarships for the Best Students with Dr. Jason Morris and Donald Asher (Peterson’s Publishing, 2010). Nichole was twice honored by the University of Washington for excellence in undergraduate education and in 2014 received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising (UTK). She completed her doctorate in the History of Art at the University of Oxford, where she was a postgraduate fellow at Trinity College and supported through the Oxford Overseas Research Fellowship scheme (ORS). Her scholarship focuses on 19th-century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her visual treatment of poetry, particularly that of Alfred Tennyson. Additional teaching and research interests include the Pre-Raphaelites, early British Symbolism, and women artists in the late 19th century.  

Specializes in undergraduate research and postgraduate, open discipline competitions, including: Marshall, Ertegun, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, Churchill, Mitchell, Knight-Hennessy, Yenching, and Schwarzman opportunities; research focused opportunities including the Goldwater, Astronaut, Carnegie, and NSF GRFP for undergraduate candidates; and is the UChicago FPA for the Fulbright Scholar (Faculty) and Post-Doc programs. Additional expertise in UK/IRE graduate study opportunities.

Logan Leak

Undergraduate Assistant

Logan Leak is a second-year in the College studying Biological Sciences. Aside from working as the undergraduate assistant at the CCSA, Logan is also the co-president of UChicago Science Olympiad, a science outreach organization that promotes STEM education in Chicago through Science Olympiad, a program that he was a part of in high school. He is also interested in biological research, specifically in the field of immunotherapy, and has also served as a board member of Block 58, UChicago's education policy and research student organization.

Nicholas Morris

Assistant Director, College Center for Scholarly Advancement
  • MA, Liberal Studies, Villanova University
  • BA, Humanities, Villanova University

Nicholas Morris is the Assistant Director for National Scholarships and Fellowships for the College Center for Scholarly Advancement. His professional focus includes outreach and recruitment for first and second year students, as well as administration and advising for nationally competitive fellowships. Prior to joining the staff at University of Chicago, Nick was the National Fellowships Coordinator for the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. He also manages CCSA’s social media presence (Follow us! @UChicago_CCSA on Twitter and on Facebook). Nick earned his BA and MA from Villanova University in Humanities and Liberal Studies, respectively. He still thinks of 1985 (and 2016) fondly.

Specializes in the U.S. Student Fulbright Grant Program, NSEP Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarships, US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes, Truman, Beinecke and Udall scholarships.  

Sana Sohail

CCSA Metcalf Intern

Sana Sohail is a third-year in the College studying neuroscience and art. Apart from her work as an intern with the CCSA, she also works as a Shriver Fellow with the Institute of Politics and as a docent at the Smart Art Museum. On campus, she is a board member for MODA Magazine and a curator for Festival of the Arts. In addition, Sana works with the Student Health and Wellness Advisory Boards to improve experiences with student health services. Previously, she has interned with the Comprehensive Care Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center as a clinical research assistant. 

Specializes in database support, opportunity research, marketing and design work for the CCSA.