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 (marcia.landen@usm.edu)
Associate Vice President for Research

 

UNITS & STAFF

Organizational Diagram of the Office of Research Administration

 

Central Office Staff

Gale Pigott (gale.pigott@usm.edu
   Administrative Assistant 

Cindy Warren (cindy.warren@usm.edu
   Budget and Office Manager

Funding & Information Services 

J. Syd Conner (syd.conner@usm.edu
Information Specialist

Proposal & Award Management

T. Michelle Shows (michelle.shows@usm.edu
Director

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 sponsoredprograms@usm.edu.

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 (maurine.brunerphilpot@usm.edu
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Jason Edwards (jason.edwards@usm.edu)
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Omaria Gray (omaria.gray@usm.edu)
   Contracts & Grants Administrator

Stephanie Guest (stephanie.guest@usm.edu)
  
Contracts & Grants Coordinator

Darlene Ramsey (darlene.ramsey@usm.edu)
   Contracts & Grants Coordinator

Tyson Silas (tyson.silas@usm.edu
   Contracts & Grants Coordinator

David J. Walker (david.j.walker@usm.edu
   Assistant Director

For assistance with Subaward Monitoring and Time & Effort Reporting:

Jeannene Garbee (jeannene.garbee@usm.edu)
   Contracts & Grants Specialist

Financial Reporting & Audit

Corrie R. Stringer, MPA (corrie.stringer@usm.edu
Director

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

Kimberly Brandon (kimberly.brandon@usm.edu)
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State &
   Business/Industry Agencies

Truemenda Carr (Truemenda.Carr@usm.edu)
   Accountant

Cori Clinton (cori.clinton@usm.edu)
   Accounts Receivable Accountant

Shannon Davis (shannon.davis@usm.edu)
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Haley Freeman (haley.freeman@usm.edu)
   Senior Accountant: Federal Agencies, Letters of Credit

Neta Hession (neta.hession@usm.edu)
   Assistant Director: Salary Recovery

Rosalind Jemison (rosalind.jemison@usm.edu)
   Research Administration Specialist

Jennifer L. Schmidt (jennifer.schmidt@usm.edu)
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Samantha Steinberg (samantha.steinberg@usm.edu)
   Accountant: Fixed Price Projects, State & 
   Business/Industry Agencies

Systems & Technology

Jennifer Wilson (jennifer.wilson@usm.edu)
Technology Manager

Kaycee McMullan (kaycee.mcmullan@usm.edu)
Compliance/Technology Analyst

 

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ORA PRINCIPLES & SERVICES

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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