Directory & Services

ORA is divided into four functional units:

  • Funding and Information Services — assistance with identification of funding sources, funding databases (Pivot and GrantSearch), information dissemination, limited submission coordination, ORA website maintenance, the Reporter, and more 
  • Proposal and Award Management — budget development, proposal submission, award negotiation and acceptance, subaward preparation, project modifications such as time extensions, training programs, and more
  • Financial Reporting and Audit — expense review and approval, cost transfer approvals, invoice preparation, financial reporting, payment deposits, project closeout, audit management, F&A and salary recovery distributions, and more
  • Compliance and Technology — salary verification, subrecipient monitoring, expense monitoring, ORA systems and desktop support, and more

— Marcia Landen (
Associate Vice President for Research



Organizational Diagram of the Office of Research Administration


Central Office Staff

Gale Pigott (
   Administrative Assistant 

Cindy Warren (
   Budget and Office Manager

Funding & Information Services 

J. Syd Conner (
Information Specialist

Proposal & Award Management

T. Michelle Shows (

The Proposal & Award Management (PAM) staff are assigned to specific departments, centers, or other units. If you have questions about whom to contact, call us at 601.266.4119 or email us at

For assistance with Proposals & Contracts:

To see which pre-award administrator provides assistance for your organizational unit, open ORA's Area Assignments Chart.

Maurine Bruner-Philpot (
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Jason Edwards (
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Omaria Gray (
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Stephanie Guest (
Contracts & Grants Coordinator

Darlene Ramsey (
   Contracts & Grants Coordinator

Tyson Silas (
   Contracts & Grants Coordinator

David J. Walker (
   Assistant Director

For assistance with Subaward Monitoring and Time & Effort Reporting:

Jeannene Garbee (
   Contracts & Grants Specialist

Financial Reporting & Audit

Corrie R. Stringer, MPA (

For assistance with restricted fund expenditures, invoices, financial reports, project closeout, and audits:  

Kimberly Brandon (
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State &
   Business/Industry Agencies

Truemenda Carr (

Cori Clinton (
   Accounts Receivable Accountant

Shannon Davis (
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Haley Freeman (
   Senior Accountant: Federal Agencies, Letters of Credit

Neta Hession (
   Assistant Director: Salary Recovery

Rosalind Jemison (
   Research Administration Specialist

Jennifer L. Schmidt (
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Samantha Steinberg (
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Systems & Technology

Jennifer Wilson (
Technology Manager

Kaycee McMullan (
Compliance/Technology Analyst


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ORA Principles

  • to provide visible leadership in sponsored project development, administration, and compliance
  • to offer service that is responsive to the current and projected needs of Southern Miss faculty and staff
  • to supply differential assistance that reflects individual faculty and staff needs and experience with sponsored projects
  • to support the pursuit and administration of external funds to advance the University's mission

ORA Services

  • provide timely information on funding opportunities
  • contribute to development of proposals
  • support principal investigators (PIs) by providing information, interpretation, and guidance from proposal preparation through close-out of the award
  • process and submit proposals in an accurate, timely manner
  • ensure that accounts for funded projects are in place as quickly as possible
  • provide information on contracts and subcontracts
  • verify that sponsored activities are conducted in compliance with state, federal, and university requirements
  • develop and ensure compliance with university policies related to external funding
  • ensure cost-sharing commitments are documented
  • capture, analyze and report pertinent financial data to the administration
  • assist in preparation of the University's facilities and administrative costs rates  
  • prepare financial billings and reports
  • collect and monitor payments from sponsor
  • manage audits of externally funded projects

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