Services offered by the Research Office

Office of the Associate Dean for Research

Molly McCue

Associate Dean for Research

Molly McCue, DVM, MS, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research and a researcher/faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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445 VMC 

Kersten Warren

Research Administrator

Kersten has more than 15 years of experience in research and grant administration at the University of Minnesota. She currently supports researchers in developing proposals and formulating budgets, assists them in understanding of research compliance and administrative policy, and handles post-award administrative concerns.

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440 VMC  

Katie Thomas

Internal Grants Coordinator

Katie provides administrative support for research programs in the Office of Associate Dean for Research including internal funding programs and direct administrative support for the Associate Dean of Research. 

If interested in scheduling a meeting with  Dr. Molly McCue, please contact Katie. 

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440 VMC

Yorie Smart

Pre-Award Support Coordinator

Yorie brings 20 years of pre-award and training grant experience to the Office of the Associate Dean for Research. She will be ensuring pre-award specialists and faculty members have the tools needed to have an excellent pre-award experience for grant submissions. Yorie will also be available to support department administrators as a pre-award backup when needed. 

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225 VMC


Shannon Kasperson

Pre-Award Specialist

Shannon joins us as our new Pre-Award specialist as of April 2019. She will be providing pre-award support for the college including but not limited to development of resources, maintenance of funding databases, and providing overflow support for the department Pre-Award specialists.

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462B VMC

Research Services

Assistance with grant submissions

  • Grants management (budget review, administrative packaging, etc.)
  • Grant review and editing
  • The approval process and liaison with SPA

Research funding

  • Signature Program funding
  • Small companion animal grants for residents
  • Equipment grants
  • Coordination of Rapid Response grants

Publicizing and responding to grant opportunities (e.g., USAID, USDA, NIH, etc.) and logistic/administrative support

Implementation of the Research Strategic Plan

  • Signature Programs
  • Research Culture

Coordination of Research Committee meetings and review of the committee's recommendations

Coordination of Points of Pride Research Day, with the Office of Graduate Programs

Coordination of the CVM Research Seminar series and Caffeinated Conversations on Research

Departmental Administration

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Lesley Schmidt Sindberg

Administrative Director
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Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Hang McLaughlin
Administrative Director
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Veterinary Population Medicine
Natalie Dillon
Administrative Director
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