Texas Tech University
Section ManagerBecame an RA: 2020 - Recent
I needed a change and saw the opening in my institution. I knew the supervisor and she always seemed so nice and happy so I took the chance and have never enjoyed it more!
Assistant DirectorBecame an RA: The 2010's
I worked for 9 years at a non-profit science museum through high school and college, and then worked for 8 years at a state parks/wildlife agency after getting an undergraduate degree in Geography. I went back to graduate school part-time in the evenings to earn an MBA. This led me to seeking a business administration job and I happened to have a good interview with a research services office at a state university (my alma mater). I started as an entry level RA and have worked and advanced my career for ten years. Now I’m an Assistant Director for Research Services, a proud member of NCURA, and a strong proponent of the research administration profession.
Research Administrator IBecame an RA: 2020 - Recent
have always assisted with grant submissions and awards in my previous jobs. Unfortunately, I was laid off due to a reduction in force. Six months later, I applied for the Research Administrator I position in the Office of Research-Sponsored Programs.
I was hired, and I was excited to learn the back side of proposals. Since I started, I have learned so much and love what I do. I enjoy working with the faculty and staff and assisting them as much as I can to ensure they have a successful submission. The best part is when PI is awarded and they send an email to recognize you for assisting them.
I am so grateful that NCURA has webinars to attend and learn from; these have helped out so much.