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From left are Michael Findeisen, Angelika Rocha and Jennifer Silver

UTSA Spotlight: Three staff members named certified research administrators

By Noe Saldana
Director of Sponsored Programs

(July 28, 2009)--The UTSA Office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration announces the certification of three UTSA staff members as certified research administrators (CRAs): Jennifer Silver and Angelika Rocha, grants and contracts specialists in the Office of Sponsored Programs, and Michael Findeisen, grants and contracts coordinator in the College of Education and Human Development Office of Research and Grant Development.

CRA certification is a national certification acknowledging a comprehensive understanding of the basics of research administration. Individuals are eligible to sit for the exam if they have a bachelor's degree and a minimum number of years of experience. They also must pass an extensive examination of their competencies in a broad body of knowledge relative to research and sponsored program management.

Among national research administrators, the CRA credential signifies professionals are qualified to function as research administrators with a high degree of efficiency and knowledge in the industry. This achievement demonstrates the breadth and depth of understanding of the complexities of research administration on a broad array of topics. Most research administrators have gathered the necessary knowledge and skills through on-the-job training, attending professional meetings, and learning from mentors and colleagues.

In order to be certified, candidates must pass a written examination developed by the Research Administrators Certification Council. Based on the Council's Body of Knowledge, the examination covers four areas:

  • Project development and administration
  • Legal requirements and sponsor interface
  • Financial management
  • General management

Learn more at the Research Administrators Certification Council Web site.

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