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UTSA brings research services to the researcher with six new centers


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(Aug. 31, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) announces the establishment of six (6) Research Service Centers (RSCs) to facilitate proposal submission and grant administration. The staffing of the RSCs was a collaborative effort between VPR management and researchers in the service areas. Each RSC will consist of a director who is well versed in pre- and/or post-award procedures and policies.

Each RSC also will include a Senior Research Award Coordinator and several Research Award Administrators (RAAs), who will directly assist researchers with the preparation, submission and post-award administration of awards. The RSCs will be located throughout the university, providing researchers with accessibility and improved communications. Each RSC will provide seamless cradle-to-grave research administration support including:

  • Grant opportunity identification
  • Proposal preparation and submission
  • Award processing and management
  • Assistance with research integrity and compliance
  • Assistance with cost-sharing documentation
  • Completion of progress and final reports
  • Award close out

The Research Service Centers and their Directors and Senior Research Award Coordinators are:

  • Jean Cody, director, Downtown Campus RSC, serving the needs of Architecture, Public Policy and Community Services (Institute for Economic Development, P-20 Initiatives, PREP Program, etc.). Angelika Rocha, senior research award coordinator
  • Kirstin Wilsey, director, College of Engineering RSC. Miriam Huizar, senior research award coordinator
  • Life Sciences RSC-- position vacant (external search is underway). Claudia Garcia, senior research award coordinator
  • Michael Findeisen, director, Mathematics and Physical Sciences RSC. Santos (Mimi) Garza, senior research award coordinator
  • Juliet Ray, director, College of Education and Human Development RSC. Jose (Joe) Castillo, senior research award coordinator
  • Jennifer Silver, director, College of Liberal and Fine Arts/College of Business/Honors College RSC. Senior research award coordinator (external search is underway)

It is expected that the staff in each RSC will develop strong working relationships with the researchers and staff in their service area and will be given the responsibility and authority to facilitate the work of researchers. Each research service center contains highly competent staff that will work in a collaborative fashion, yet exercising appropriate independent judgment for the oversight of sponsored projects in their service area. The staff of each research service center will collaborate with one another to solve problems and streamline paperwork and approval processes.

An open house will be scheduled in each RSC in the coming months. Notifications will be sent out once these are scheduled. Please take the opportunity to meet the staff of your RSC at these open house events.

The Office of the Vice President for Research will continue to provide updates on the implementation of other research enhancements over the coming weeks and months.

>> View a list of Research contacts.

>> View a list of Research Service Center assignments.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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