Our Staff

Nichole Fazio

Director of the Center for Scholarly Advancement
  • DPhil, 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 Director of the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA), the first center at the University of Chicago dedicated to supporting College students through undergraduate research, 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 was the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and 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. 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 scholarly work 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 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.

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.