UA Office of Research Administration

The ORA is located in the historic Polsky Building in downtown Akron, between S. Main and S. High Streets. We have a secure entrance from E. State Street (on the south side of the building).  University parking is available in the Polsky deck and in Lot #66. Also, city of Akron metered parking is usually available on State Street.

ORA Mailing Address, Location Info

U.S. Mail

The University of Akron

Office of Research Administration

Akron, OH  44325-2102

Campus Mail ORA +2102
Campus Location Polsky Building, Suite 284
Driving (GPS) Address

225 S. Main Street, Suite 284

Akron, OH  44308

ORA Contact Information





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College/Unit Department(s) Pre-Award

Financial (Post-Award)

BCAS Biology Becky Campbell Vivian Campbell
All Others Becky Campbell Ross Davis
CAST All Sharon McWhorter Vivian Campbell
CBA All Sharon McWhorter Vivian Campbell
LJFFCOE All Sharon McWhorter Kim Kemp
ENG Biomedical Becky Campbell Vivian Campbell
Chemical & Biomolecular Valerie Boaz Vivian Campbell


Emily Njus Kim Kemp
Electrical & Computer Valerie Boaz Vivian Campbell
Dean's Office Valerie Boaz Vivian Campbell
Mechanical  Valerie Boaz Stephanie McElfresh
CHP All Becky Campbell Kim Kemp
CPSPE All Emily Njus Ross Davis


All Sharon McWhorter Vivian Campbell


All Sharon McWhorter Kim Kemp

Williams Honors College

All Sharon McWhorter Kim Kemp

Student Success

Academic Achievement

Upward Bound

Emily Njus Vivian Campbell

Other Units

All Emily Njus Kim Kemp

Name Ext. Email

Boaz, Valerie, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award)    

  • COE: CBE, ECE, Mechanical, and Dean's Office
7694 vboaz@uakron.edu

Campbell, Becky, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award)

  • BCAS:  all 
  • COE:   Biomedical 
  • CHP:    all 
  • all internships/CIGAs
8073 rac2@uakron.edu

Campbell, Vivian, Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • BCAS:  Biology
  • CAST:  all 
  • CBA:    all 
  • COE:   Biomedical, CBE, ECE, and Dean's Office
  • LAW:   all 
  • Upward Bound
  • Academic Achievement
  • CIGAs for the above units
8128 vgc1@uakron.edu

Davis, Ross, Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • BCAS:    all (except Biology)
  • CPSPE:  all 
  • CIGAs for the above units
6459 rdd14@uakron.edu

Evans, Kathee, Asst. to AVP/Coordinator

8579 krs1@uakron.edu
Hergenrather, Diane, Research Billing Systems Analyst 6816 dhergen@uakron.edu

Kemp, Kim, Sr. Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • CHP:        all 
  • LJFFCOE: all  
  • COE:        Civil 
  • WAYNE:   all 
  • HONORS:  all
  • Other Units
  • CIGAs for the above units
6608 ksw9@uakron.edu

McElfresh, Stephanie, Mgr. Financial Research Administration

  • COE:  Mechanical 
  • CIGAs for the above units
2461 smcelfresh@uakron.edu

McWhorter, Sharon, Director, Pre-Award Research Administration

  • IRB Administrator
  • CAST:      all 
  • CBA:        all 
  • LJFFCOE: all 
  • LAW:       all 
  • WAYNE:  all
  • HONORS: all 
8311 sm48@uakron.edu

Njus, Emily, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award) 

  • COE:    Civil 
  • CPSPE: all 
  • Academic Achievement
  • Upward Bound
  • Other Units


Rodgers, Christie, Mgr. Fiscal Research Administration



Smith, Lois, Grant Accountant

  • all corrosion awards
6567 lois1@uakron.edu
Watkins, Kathryn, Assistant Vice President for Research 6764 kwatkin@uakron.edu

Student Assistant, general office and pre-award

  • Brittany Grabow
7666 RschSrvsGA8@uakron.edu

Student Assistants, general office and post-award

  • Jackson Cline
  • Jennifer Fang
7774 RschSrvsGA9@uakron.edu