Are you looking to expand your knowledge base and develop your leadership skills? Do you have an interest in presenting at a meeting, but you’re not sure how to submit a proposal? Maybe you’d like to learn about volunteer opportunities within NCURA, and connect with some of our incredible members around the region.

If any of this piques your interest, you just may be the perfect match for NCURA R3RAMP (Region III Research Administration Mentorship Program)!

The purpose of the program is two-fold; we want to help you grow as an individual working in the field at your institution, and we want to welcome you to the NCURA volunteer family. Every thriving and successful organization needs a steady, healthy volunteer pipeline of leaders in the field, and this is a great opportunity give back while making friendships and professional connections, honing your technical skills, and preparing you for the coming changes to our growing profession!

Program Description

NCURA Region III’s Research Administration Mentoring Program (R3RAMP) will provide opportunities for selected members of NCURA’s Region III to gain career-enhancing skills and experiences that will build upon the knowledge of current and emerging leaders in the field of Research Administration (RA). The program will engage the scholars in an exploration of leadership in NCURA at both the regional and national level as well as the research administration profession. Under the guidance of an experienced RA leader (mentor), the mentee will enhance their leadership skills and research administration knowledge through mentorship, engagement with their peers at other institutions, and volunteer activities. Participants will learn about NCURA’s structure and leadership, address both individual and field-wide issues in research administration, examine their own leadership strengths and challenges, and immerse themselves in a project and curriculum through a variety of methods focused on enhancing their overall performance. Through knowledge acquisition, professional skill development, and constructive feedback, NCURA Region III R3RAMP hopes to elevate the leadership skills, behaviors, competencies, and daily practices of our talented NCURA Region III Research Administrators.

Program Dates

The application window for 2020 is now closed. The 2020 program will run from August 3, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

Who Is Eligible?

A current member of NCURA who’s employment affiliation is within NCURA Region III is eligible to apply.

What are the Benefits?

Leadership Skills

Participants will be assigned to a mentor with leadership skills who will guide them through the program and explore different leadership styles as well as identify their own style. Additionally, the participant will complete readings, online discussions, and other activities that will focus on leadership and technical skills of the profession.


Participants will be assigned a mentor to work with them to further develop their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities during the program. These mentors will be selected and assigned prior to the start of the program. The mentor will provide a seasoned research administrator committed to guide and support the mentee during the program.


Participants will be encouraged to interact with their fellow cohorts during the program, through online discussions or other activities. In addition to developing the participants as proficient research administrators, this program will expand their contacts and provide them with a network of colleagues from around the region.

Monthly Modules

Eight (8) monthly modules designed around specific themes relevant to research administration in general and professional development. Combined with suggested readings, personal assessments, and interactions with fellow mentees, these modules serve as the foundation upon which R3RAMP tailor the program to meet individual needs and career goals.

Spring Meeting

The annual Region III NCURA Spring Meeting provides an enriching opportunity for the mentee to volunteer for the Program Committee or Standing Committee, present a Session or Discussion Group, present a poster of a Research Admin related topic or develop a Workshop for the Spring Meeting.



Application Process

The application window is now closed for the 2020 cohort – links to the mentee and mentor application forms will be posted to this page in 2021.


Class of 2021

Mentee NameInstitutionMentor NameInstitution
Stephanie MarinoneUniversity of GeorgiaCeleste Rivera-NunezUniversity of Central Florida
Kelly AndringaUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamEmily DevereuxUniversity of South Carolina
Melissa FreudenbergerClemson UniversityKimberly JohnsVirginia Institute of Marine Science/ College of William and Mary
Jane CastelineNC State UniversityDavid SmelserUniversity of Tennessee
Marcia MilletFisk UniversityCsilla CsaplarStanford University
Kara GajentanUniversity of Central FloridaXiaowen MaEmory University
Lisa TateEmory UniversityPascua, Mary KayeUniversity of Central Florida
Mary RemerUniversity of FloridaKontorra DavisEmory University
Faith TaylorGeorgia TechAngela GarvinEmory University
Shekinda WardClemson UniversityKristene ManningUniversity of South Florida

Class of 2020

Mentee NameInstitutionMentor NameInstitution
Erika ClarkUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLakeisha MunnerlynEmory University
Kontorra DavisEmory UniversityGeorgetta DennisUniversity of Auburn
Jenn GaryeFlorida State UniversityTuyen PhanDuke University
Kimberly JohnsUniversity of FloridaNatasha WilliamsKennesaw State University
Michele KijeskiUniversity of AlabamaCeleste Rivera-NunezUniversity of Central Florida
Kristene ManningUniversity of South FloridaLeerin ShieldsAdventHealth
Tasha OwensDuke UniversityMario MedinaEast Carolina University
Mary Kay PascuaUniversity of Central FloridaXiaowen MaEmory University

Class of 2019

Mentee NameInstitutionMentor NameInstitution
Lakeisha MunnerlynEmory UniversityPam WhitlockGuru status - University of North Carolina (retired)
Angela GarvinEmory UniversityNatasha WilliamsKennesaw State University
Michelle BackThe University of AlabamaLeerin ShieldsAdventHealth
Georgetta DennisUniversity of AuburnRashonda Harris Emory University