Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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ORSP Staff

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports the University faculty and staff in acquiring and administering external grants and contracts for research and sponsored programs. ORSP is responsible for the pre-award and post award process of awards. Working collaboratively with a several fiscal offices, ORSP seeks to ensure the stewardship of funds for externally funded grants and contracts activities.

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Executive Director

Rebecca A. Davis, Ph.D.

Phone: (361) 593-3219
E-mail: rebecca.davis@tamuk.edu

  • Texas A&M University Kingsville Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) Federal Policy
  • Assists with the interpretation of policy and procedures
  • Award Negotiation, and acceptance
  • Contract negotiation [Industry and federal]
  • Research Compliance:
    -IRB -IBC
    -T&E -IACUC
  • Requests for Data
  • Workshops/Trainings
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Administrative Assistant III

Delia Garcia

Phone: (361) 593-3344
E-mail: osr@tamuk.edu

  • Operates and manages various databases and budgets
  • Organizes and oversees all office procedures including the creation of programs, tables, templates and computer-generated presentations
  • Responsible for correspondence and acts as liaison with agencies, faculty, and staff concerning the status of proposals, and projects, as well as problems and concerns
  • Manages the OSR office on all administrative projects and provides back up on all projects

Proposal Administration (Pre-Award)


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Assistant Director for Pre-Award

Diana Polendo Luna, MBA

Phone: (361) 593-3480
E-mail: diana.p.luna@tamuk.edu

  • Oversees Proposal Submission Process
  • Responsible for administering and/or facilitating pre-award grant preparation and submission processes of all University colleges and departments
  • Assists principal investigators in preparing grant proposals, provides guidance and assistance in budget preparation and interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements
  • Reviews proposals for compliance with policies, regulations, procedures, and facilitates documentation requirements
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Proposal Development Specialist

Lizette I. Gonzales

Phone: (361) 593-2455
E-mail: lizette.gonzales@tamuk.edu

  • Responsible for administering and/or facilitating pre-award grant preparation and submissions for all University colleges and departments
  • Assists principal investigators in preparing grant proposals, including providing guidance and assistance in budget preparation and interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements
  • Reviews proposals for compliance with policies, regulations, procedures, and facilitates documentation requirements
  • Maintains current knowledge of grant funding, policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Disseminates funding opportunities
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Proposal Development Specialist

Angela M. Wyro

Phone: (361) 593-4764
E-mail: angela.wyro@tamuk.edu

  • Responsible for administering and/or facilitating pre-award grant preparation and submissions for all University colleges and departments
  • Assists principal investigators in preparing grant proposals, including providing guidance and assistance in budget preparation and interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements
  • Reviews proposals for compliance with policies, regulations, procedures, and facilitates documentation requirements
  • Maintains current knowledge of grant funding, policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Disseminates funding opportunities
  • ORSP webmaster / graphics
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Research Compliance Liaison

Donna J. Pulkrabek

Phone: (361) 593-2677
E-mail: donna.pulkrabek@tamuk.edu

  • Coordinates use of animals in research [IACUC]
  • Coordinates human subject participation in research [IRB]
  • Coordinates use of Recombinant DNA in Research [IBC]
  • Compliance for URA and TCUR (internal funding)
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Grant & Contract Administrator

Randall K. Taylor

Phone: (361) 593-4815
E-mail: kurkt000@tamuk.edu

  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Preparation
  • Award Processing

Award Administration (Post-Award)


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Assistant Director for Post-Award

Cynthia Villarreal

Phone: (361) 593-4915
E-mail: cynthia.villarreal@tamuk.edu

  • Oversees Grant Accountants
  • Reviews Financial Activities
  • Establishes New Accounts including Grants and Cost Share
  • Reviews payroll documents for all grant accounts
  • Monitors Research and Development Fund Accounts
  • Monitors Internal University Research Awards
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Grant Accountant

Stephanie Steen

Phone: (361) 593-3086
E-mail: stephanie.steen@tamuk.edu

Reviews Financial Activities on Grants & Contracts for:

  • College of Agriculture & Human Sciences
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Grants & Contracts Specialist III

Christy Garcia

Phone: (361) 593-4258
E-mail: christy.garcia@tamuk.edu

Reviews Financial Activities on Grants & Contracts for:

  • College of Engineering
  • Conner Museum
  • Distance Learning/Continuing Education
  • Athletics
  • Student Health & Wellness
  • Special Programs
  • Center for Student Success
  • Center for Young Children
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Grant Accountant

Vickie Frels

Phone: (361) 593-3087
E-mail: kuvlf002@tamuk.edu

Reviews Financial Activities on Grants & Contracts for:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education & Human Performance
  • College of Engineering