Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Kenneth Sylvester, Ph.D.


Prior to his appointment as Director of UM-Flint Research and Sponsored Programs, Ken served as Research Associate Professor at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Institute for Social Research (ISR). 

Dr. Sylvester is an interdisciplinary historian who has worked on and supervised several federally-funded research projects on the relationship between population and environment. He has extensive post-doctoral training in qualitative, quantitative and spatial analysis methods.  Dr. Sylvester earned his Ph.D. in history from York University, and B.A. and M.A. in history at the University of Waterloo.


Erin Kingsley

Research Process Coordinator

Erin is responsible for pre-award proposal management and submission, post award accounting, financial management of the office, and research awards for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Erin earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She is currently working on her MBA at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Mary Mandeville

Research Compliance Specialist

Mary is responsible for assisting the campus community with issues regarding Human Subjects Protection and Research Compliance; and is the campus contact for training and administration of the eResearch Regulatory Management system. In her capacity, Mary works closely with the chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Mary earned her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University, her Master's Degree from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, Mary is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).  Certification is from the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR).



Andre Louis

Research Program Manager

Andre is responsible for providing project management support for faculty and staff, as well as managing the initiatives emphasizing undergraduate research. He is the manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, co-coordinator of both the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference, and the UM-Flint Student Research Conference, the Brand Administration for the University's Qualtrics account, and the contact for research poster printing.

Andre earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Maria Schell

Administrative Specialist

Maria is primarily responsible for assisting faculty and staff with identification of appropriate funding sources. In addition, Maria processes human subject incentive payments, arranges statistics consultations for faculty, and provides administrative support in the office.

Maria has a BA in Sociology and Master of Arts in Public Administration, both from Saginaw Valley University.  Her areas of interest are social psychology, psycholinguistics, statistics, and research methods.  She was originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has lived in Michigan since 1997.


Lola Carter

Research Receptionist

Lola is responsible for an assortment of clerical responsibilities, including but not limited to: managing files, answering the phone, compiling telephone directories, creating appointment schedules for the statistical consultant, assisting with data entry projects, co-coordinating New Faculty Orientation with the Thompson Center for Learning & Teaching, and assisting with Research and Creative Activity Committee meetings.

Lola earned her B.A. in Social Work, with a minor in Sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint in May 2003, with plans to further her education and professional development.