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Sean Tibbitts, Training Grants Analyst and Coordinator (Graduate Studies and Office of Research)

The training grants analyst coordinates the activities of faculty, staff, and administrators in the preparation of training grant program proposals to extramural sponsors. He/she assumes lead responsibility for data collection, maintenance, and retrieval including preparing required training grant tables and reports according to the guidelines for each funding opportunity. He/she develops resources to support extramurally funded training programs including developing web site content, such as templates and samples of key proposal elements; designs and conducts workshops for faculty, staff, and administrators to provide details about funding opportunities; and identifies best practices for maintaining necessary records on trainees and mentors.

John King, Director of Analysis and Policy (Graduate Studies)

John serves as a liaison between Graduate Studies and faculty who are either considering or actively engaged in the process of submitting training grant proposals. He oversees the preparation of institutional data required for training grant proposals and manages the matching commitments from the Office of Graduate Studies. He coordinates efforts to reach out to and identify training grant opportunities for specific faculty, and evaluates research results to develop and implement new strategies for assisting in successful training grant proposals.

Sheryl Soucy-Lubell, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Support (Office of Research)

Sheryl and the other members of the IRS team help coordinate the preparation of major interdisciplinary grant proposals, including those for training grants. The IRS team is dedicated to serving faculty investigators through the entire proposal process: aiding the development of research and training programs; creating budgets and justifications; providing high-level and detailed editing; facilitating internal and external submissions processes; and advising on internal and sponsor policy.

Lisa Finnegan, Graduate Financial Support Specialist (Graduate Studies)

Lisa provides post-award management of matching commitments from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Meg Sparling, Funding Opportunities Coordinator (Office of Research)

Meg helps researchers identify funding opportunities for their research and training programs from federal, state and private sponsors. She connects principal investigators to other researchers and resources, both on and off campus, that add value to the research effort as a whole and increase the breadth and impact of research at UC Davis.

Josephine Moreno and Steve Lee, Graduate Diversity Officers (Graduate Studies)

Josephine and Steve are responsible for increasing the access and academic success of a more diverse population of graduate students. They help develop effective recruitment and retention plans for training programs. Josephine provides guidance for graduate programs in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; Steve provides guidance for graduate programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.