Deidra Mwalimu | LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics

Deidra Mwalimu, MBA

Academic/Grants Coordinator

Phone: (225) 578-4594

Fax: (225) 578-2302


Office: E238 Howe-Russell Building

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves as principal liaison between the Principal Investigators and the University for administration of departmental grants and contracts.
  • Serves as the primary contact with the offices of Sponsored Programs, Accounting, and Research Coordination.
  • Provides assistance in policy determination to Principal Investigators.
  • Reviews all new/renewal proposals to check budgets for accuracy and conformity to university guidelines.
  • Maintains files of assigned proposals and contracts. Advises faculty preparing proposals of university regulations regarding overhead, benefits, budget elements.
  • Responsible for conformity to funding agency requirements of budgets, reports & proposals to funding agencies; must be familiar with and able to act on those requirements.
  • Maintains all in-house records on grant and contract expenditures on an on-line basis. Reconciles each grant and contract ledger monthly on a project basis. Monitors revenues and expenditures and advises Principal Investigators of any anticipated budgetary problems and makes recommendations for satisfactory resolutions.
  • Works with G&G faculty to maintain data for Program Degree Assessment (BS, ADG, MS, and PhD) and prepares DRAFT Assessment reports.