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Meet Our RA Team

Research at New College

New College’s Research Advancement Services Team provides information and assistance to help our faculty members find funding, apply for grants, and administratively manage their sponsored projects.

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Lara Ferry
Senior Associate Dean

Dr. Ferry is the Senior Associate Dean of the Knowledge Enterprise in the New College and is specifically tasked with managing research and strategic initiatives.  In this capacity she works with New College faculty and administration to move forward strategic research, programmatic, or community-facing initiatives and advance research and external funding within New College. She is also the New College liaison with ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED), Arizona State University Research Enterprise (ASURE), and the Entrepreneurship + Innovation Hub at ASU Skysong.


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Eric Swank
Associate Director of NCUIRE

Dr. Eric Swank serves as the associate director of NCUIRE. He teaches research classes in   Social & Cultural Analysis and brings expertise in designing, managing and evaluating undergraduate research experiences. He writes on issues of sexual prejudice and political activism, loves talking research with students, and has published over ten peer-reviewed articles with undergraduate students.

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Anna Jahn
Research Advancement Administrator

Anna serves as Research Advancement Administrator for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Anna focuses largely on pre-award processes, assisting faculty and staff in identifying/setting their research priorities and in seeking extramural funding for those efforts. Anna works to help locate funding sources, prepare proposals with PIs, and ensures that grant proposals are in compliance with sponsor and ASU guidelines.  She also supports the post-award team to help ensure that grants are proceeding in a timely manner and reporting requirements are met. 

 Phone: 602-543-6080

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Abigail Garcia
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS)
(602) 543-6644
Contact me for: SSBS related post-award questions

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Marla Carmona
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (SHArCS)
Contact me for: SHArCS related post-award questions

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Tomi St John
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SMNS)
Contace me for: SMNS related post-award questions

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Jazmin Villavicencio
Management Intern
Contact me for: questions relating to budgets

Our expertise includes

  1. Locating funding Interpreting sponsor guidelines
  2. Developing proposal budgets and various other proposal component
  3. Reviewing proposals for sponsor compliance
  4. Completing institutional forms and obtaining institutional approvals
  5. Coordinating account activations and account closeouts with ASU’s sponsored projects office
  6. Projecting budgets and facilitating budget revisions
  7. Assisting with annual and final reports, and arranging no-cost extensions
  8. Providing general guidance and resource support for sponsored activities