Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts
  • Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
  • Professor of Geology

Contact Info

Provost Office:
Slawson Hall:
Strong Hall, room 133B
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Slawson Hall, room 170C
1420 Naismith Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Jennifer A. Roberts is the Director and Managing Trustee of the Self Graduate Fellowship Department. She also serves as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs and is a Professor in the Department of Geology. Dr. Roberts received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Water Research Division of the USGS before joining the University of Kansas in 2001. Her research focuses on hydrochemistry and microbial geochemistry, bridging basic and applied science to better understand the role of microorganisms in mineral weathering as it applies to carbon sequestration, petroleum reservoir diagenesis, paleoclimate, and water quality from nano- to landscape-scales. Prior to her roles with Graduate Studies, Dr. Roberts served as Chair of the Geology Department.

For her research as well as her teaching, Dr. Roberts has received recognition such as the Professional Excellence Award from the Association for Women in Geoscience, the Docking Young Faculty Scholar Award, and the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Women Mentoring Women Award, among others. Her work has also received multiple major funding awards from institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the U.S. Department of Energy.