Baylor College of Medicine

Sandra M.

Sr. Research Administration Associate

Became an RA: The 1980's

Three months post undergrad, I received a call from my cousin stating her neighbor was looking for a new employee. Not really knowing what the position entailed, I wanted to get my foot in the door somewhere. I joined Baylor College of Medicine around August 1986 as a Coordinator. My supervisor put me to the test and begin giving me small research administration projects. Apparently, I was knocking it out of the park so she increased the complexity until she stated, you are really good at this. During college, math was definitely not my favorite subject but I was good at it, unbeknownst to me. I was very analytical and was able to forecast and plan to align things with sponsor guidelines. I learned the ins and outs of Pre and Post Award. Pre Award consisted of manual form typing and page numbering, no electronic forms whatsoever. Long nights, which still exist, and frequent overnight flights for someone to get the proposal to the sponsor for the deadline. Those were the days. I worked my way up at Baylor to Department Administrator, leaving there December 2000 and joined UT-Houston. I continued to work in Research Administration with my primary focus on Post Award. Around May 2005 I transferred to UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center and work there until my recent retirement, March 2023. Not really ready to stay at home all day, I went back to Baylor College of Medicine as a Sr. Research Administration Associate, April 2023. I enjoy Research Administration and I enjoy even more sharing the knowledge I have acquired over the 37 years in Research Administration.

Ruth R.

Center Administrator

Became an RA: 2020 - Recent

I started working for BCM back in 1993. I started as a Secretary II and worked my way up the corporate ladder. I left BCM for a brief time and came back in in August of 2011. Since I had been gone for 5 years I had to work my way back up the corporate ladder. I started back as a Senior Administrative Coordinator. Eight years later I am back in the Administration running a Center. Now my daughter works here as a Laboratory Technician.