Senior Research Support Specialist, University at Albany
Why I want to be a Protege:
My research project responsibilities shifted over the past few years when a new principal investigator took over the project and some long-term project staff retired. I have found my new responsibilities both energizing and daunting and am eager to further develop my speaking, listening, organizational, and leadership skills so I can be a strong contributor at a higher level. I hope the Mentoring Program will provide opportunities to develop these skills as well as support as I meet new challenges in my daily work.
I have a background in statistics and have been working as a data manager for a longitudinal research project based in UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice for the past 20 years. I recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals at UAlbany and am considering continuing coursework to earn an MPH degree. On a personal level, I live with my husband, two children, aging Labrador retriever, and two cats on 20 acres of land northwest of Saratoga Springs. I love spending time outside every day.
Short term goal: Learn how to initiate and lead efficient, productive meetings and continuing to develop my data skills; Intermediate goal: Gain varied experience with additional research projects and develop a better understanding of the changing research climate emphasizing data sharing and reproducible research; Long-term goal: Develop the leadership skills needed to take on increasing responsibility on individual research projects or in research management at an institutional level.