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USF World administrator inducted into the Academy of Certified Research Administrators at USF
April 3, 2015

USF World is pleased to announce that Laurel Thomas, International Research and Global Engagement Manager, was inducted into the Academy of Certified Research Administrators at USF at the Sixth Annual TRAIN® Award Luncheon.  The mission of the USF Academy of Certified Research Administrators is to “recognize research administration as a respected profession; enhance the visibility of the pivotal role that research administrators have in USF’s success as a high impact, global research university; and to encourage a passion for the pursuit of excellence in research administration.”

As a profession, research administration supports the research enterprise, including pre- and post-award activities from finding funding sources and proposal preparation through the awards process, grants management, and to post-award follow-ups.  Becoming a Certified Research Administrator at USF (CRA-USF) “demonstrates an exceptional level of commitment to excellence in research administration at USF,” states Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, and leads to a “highly trained, qualified, professional” environment contributing to USF’s place within the top 50 research universities in the nation.

After receiving her USF Basic Certified Research Administrator certification (CRA-USF/Basic) in November of 2013, Thomas continued to enhance her professional knowledge in the research administration field and completed the coursework required for the USF Advanced Certification (CRA-USF/Advanced) in January of 2015.  Thomas is pictured below with her advanced certification with Vice Provost and System Associate Vice President for USF World, Roger Brindley and Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs, Kiki Caruson.