Sumana Datta, Ph.D. Assistant Provost, Undergraduate StudiesExecutive Director, LAUNCH Works with: All LAUNCH programs, including Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholarship, Beckman Scholars, Posse Scholars, and Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal email@example.com ph. 979.845.1957 fax 979.458.4668 Henderson Hall Dr. Datta earned her Bachelors in Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology with Honors from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Biology from the University of California at San Diego. She went on to do postdoctoral work at Yale University in the area of developmental neurogenetics. Dr. Datta joined the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Texas A&M in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and has risen to the rank of Professor. She became the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research in 2008, the Executive Director of Honors and Undergraduate Research in 2010, and the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies/Executive Director for LAUNCH in 2015. Dr. Datta has served as a Councilor for the Undergraduate Research Program Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research for six years, been awarded numerous competitive grants, written publications, and given invited seminars and presentations around the world. Dr. Datta is currently the faculty advisor for the AggieWesties and Vertical Expressions dance organizations. She loves traveling around the world for fun and competing in West Coast Swing with her husband around the country when she isn't home cuddling cats, cooking, and reading fantasy, historical fiction, or mysteries.