Program Directors

Dr. Nathan Tintle (Grant PI; co-faculty mentor)
Dr. Tintle is a highly experienced, successful, and award-winning undergraduate research mentor. He has mentored over 100 undergraduate students, leading to 65 peer-reviewed papers, the majority involving undergraduate co-authors, as well as numerous conference presentations by the students (virtually every student is involved in at least one peer-reviewed publication and/or presentation). The majority of the researchers Dr. Tintle has mentored have gone on to graduate school, with many of these students now pursuing Ph.D.’s in fields including computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics, and biostatistics at prestigious institutions including Stanford, Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Univ. of Washington and others. Dr. Tintle’s students are gender balanced and include significant numbers of minority students. His students have won numerous awards (e.g., graduate fellowships from NSF, DHS, DoD; research competitions). Recently, Dr. Tintle won the Waller Award for effective and innovative teaching of introductory statistics from the American Statistical Association, was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, co-authored an award-winning book for introductory statistics and has won other awards for his research and mentoring efforts. He has experience as the PI or co-PI on numerous major federal grants totaling over $6 million.

Dr. Luralyn Helming (co-faculty mentor)
Dr. Helming mentors the psychology students through their psychological research experiments each Fall, as well as teaching Research Methods. During summer 2015 she mentored a psychology undergraduate in conjunction with the PI on two projects, one exploring this Ukraine data and one exploring the ability to predict student and alumni satisfaction with their college choice. The Ukraine focused study has since been published. In graduate school, Dr. Helming served as a co-mentor to six graduate students, assisted Dr. Lisa Newland in training and mentoring undergraduates to assist with Dr. Newland’s research, and was recognized for Outstanding Leadership in the School of Education at U. of South Dakota in 2011. 

Dr. Mark McCarthy (regional expert; co-faculty mentor)
Dr. McCarthy is in his 7th year as a Dordt University faculty member in the history department who is an expert in Russian and Ukrainian culture history, who has spent extensive time in Russia and Ukraine, can speak Russian fluently, and has co-mentored numerous undergraduate research students in history. Prior to coming to Dordt, he was at Montreat College and acted as Department Chair. Dr. McCarthy received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.  He presented his dissertation on Religious Conflict and Social Order in Nineteenth-Century Russia: Orthodoxy and the Protestant Challenge, 1812-1905.

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend (co-faculty mentor)

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in health promotion, education, & behavior and her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation was a three-year evaluation of the statewide scale-up of group prenatal care in South Carolina. Her master’s practicum was on implementing a prospective study on avian influenza and febrile illnesses in a culturally appropriate way in Cambodia. Dr. Van De Griend has mentored multiple undergraduate and graduate students, including honors students, in mental health, maternal and child health, international epidemiology, and gender-based violence prevention and intervention. She has been a consultant with the UN Women: Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, as well on evaluation projects across the U.S. and in South and Southeast Asia. She is currently an active member of the Iowa Public Health Association Advocacy Committee.