Linda Blockus has worked at MU for more than 25 years and serves as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and is Co-Principal Investigator for MU’s IMSD-EXPRESS Program. She earned her PhD from Mizzou in higher education with support areas in black studies and educational & counseling psychology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Boston University. She took a semester of agriculture courses at Ohio State University as an undergraduate and spent a year as a visiting graduate student at Stanford University. As an undergraduate she spent a summer at the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster researching insect pests of woody ornamental plants (bushes and trees). She has worked as an academic administrator at Boston University and as an academic advisor at MU. During 2008-2009, she took a leave of absence from MU to serve as a fellow for the Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity at AAAS in Washington, D.C. Dr. Blockus is a long-time member of the , serving as a councilor for the At-Large Division (2002-2005) and a founding councilor of the Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division (2005-present). She served as the URPD Division Chair and on the CUR Executive Board (2009-2011) and is currently a member of the Student Programs Task Force. With CUR colleagues Susan Larson and Roger Rowlett, she co-authored Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research, which serves as a blueprint for institutions to create an environment supportive of the practice of undergraduate research. Dr. Blockus has also co-edited a book with Joyce Kinkead, Undergraduate Research Offices and Programs: Models and Practices (2012). In 2016 Dr. Blockus wrote a commissioned paper for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on the co-curricular model of undergraduate STEM research. She is married to MU neurobiologist Mark Kirk, PhD, and has two daughters.