Elizabeth Thompson

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is very pleased to announce that on April 1, 2016, Elizabeth Thompson joined our office as a Grant Specialist. Elizabeth's job responsibilities include providing assistance to ORSP and faculty in identifying, developing, submitting, and monitoring proposals for funding, as well as reporting grant award and proposal data.

Elizabeth comes to Sam Houston with over 4 years of experience, having previously served as an office manager and administrator. Additionally, Elizabeth has expertise in the information technology field; her major accomplishments include developing a software training curriculum for large oil and gas companies. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree from Harding University, Arkansas in 2012.

Elizabeth’s unique background ensures that she will be a great asset in providing support for data collection, management, and reporting of grant proposals and awards. We are excited to have Elizabeth on board to contribute to ORSP’s future achievement!

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Edward Tivador

Recently, Sam Houston State University finished construction of a modern captive care facility to support a diversity of university research in the sciences. In collaboration with the College of Sciences, ORSP has brought this University core facility online with the hiring of Mr. Edward Tivador as its Operations Manager. Dr. William I. Lutterschmidt (Executive Director of Research Centers and TRIES) and members of the Facility Committee (Drs. Chris Wilson, David Thompson, Chad Hargrave, and James Harper) conducted a national search and reviewed numerous applicants for this position. After campus interviews, the Facility Committee and IACUC selected their top candidate for the position, Mr. Edward Tivador.

Ed is not a stranger to SHSU, as he earned his M.S. degree from SHSU in 2011. Fascinated with animals and their captive care and husbandry, Ed’s excitement and competence for the position was obvious. As a young child, Ed loved going to zoos or aquariums to admire live animals and visit his favorite species. This love and talent for the captive care of animals developed into a private collection that drew attention among professionals and hobbyists in the animal husbandry of amphibians and reptiles. What began with a few Anoles in a terrarium almost thirty years ago grew into living reefs and breeding colonies of pythons. His professionalism in husbandry and captive care has provided experience with mice, rats, rattlesnakes, poison dart frogs, diamondback terrapins, turtles, tortoises, lizards, fish, tarantulas, crickets, and cockroaches. Although career bound for employment at some of the nation’s most respected zoological parks, Mr. Tivador expressed great enthusiasm in bringing his talents to the University and the academic research community.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Edward Tivador to the University community as the Operations Manager of our new vivarium, the Science Annex, as he works with the College of Sciences, ORSP and IACUC to help develop an outstanding level of research support at Sam Houston State University.