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Office of University Research

OUR Mission:

The Office of University Research (OUR) will formulate, establish, and provide service-based oversight for a comprehensive, well-balanced program designed to enhance the competitiveness of research and scholarly activities.

OUR Roles:

OUR Staff and Responsibilities (main office: 318-257-5075):

Courtney Jarrell
Research Contracts Administrator
(318) 257-2416

  • Contract review
  • Interim and final financial reports
  • Closing expired accounts
  • Compliance of expenditures
  • Amendments, extensions, or budget adjustments review
  • Clarification of active accounts with agencies
  • Review of monthly statements of fund balances and ledgers
  • Preparation of Schedule 8 for Louisiana Tech financial reports
  • F & A cost projections
  • Maintenance of active accounts database


Beth Free
Pre-Award Coordinator
(318) 257-2415

  • Information on RFP’s to Research Directors
  • Resource library
  • Narrative/interim budget review/format of funding proposal
  • Submission of funding proposals, including electronic submissions
  • Maintenance pre-award tracking database
  • Development of newsletters (Breeze), information packets, and promotional material
  • Fastlane/Grants.gov & other web-based administration duties
  • Communication with PI’s, Agencies, Research Directors
  • Research Council
  • Transition of grants to post-award
  • Faculty training/workshops
  • Web site development/management
  • Serves as back-up contact for Human Use and Account Technician duties


Jamie Hancock
Post-Award Coordinator
(318) 257-5078
  • Proposal review for budget revisions
  • Set up of new accounts (budget, profile, matching) using Comptroller’s office guidelines
  • Preparing and processing invoices and correspondence to funding agencies
  • Inquiries regarding pre-award and post-award budgets and invoices
  • Interaction with agencies regarding invoice payments


Sheri Herren
Account Technician
(318) 257-5077

  • Approval of expenditures for funded projects and communication with
    appropriate departments
  • Post expenditures on database
  • Reconciliation of accounts regularly to comptroller’s account
  • Contact with PI’s regarding budget adjustments or expenditures
  • Response to inquiries about accounts


Barbara Talbot
Administrative Assistant
(318) 257-5076

  • Routing of inquiries to appropriate staff
  • Invoice/contract cover letters, campus mail, correspondence
  • Handling of incoming and outgoing mail
  • Supervision of student workers
  • Routing of Human Use proposals

December 11th, 2016

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