Grant Specialist, SUNY Potsdam


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Why I want to be a Protege:
I was very excited when I started my new position (about 2 months ago) to see that there was a mentoring program, as I wanted to hit the ground running and absorb as much as I could about this work. While my network of Student Affairs mentors is strong, I knew that I would benefit from - and need - the wisdom of seasoned research administrators. I hope to establish a relationship with a mentor who is willing to share with me about their own professional journey and share candid feedback along the way with me.

Personal Statement:
Hello! I am brand new to the area of Research Administration, after spending the past 14 years in Student Affairs. I have a JD, which served me well in Student Affairs work (Residence Life, Student Conduct, Title IX), and I am loving continuing to put my legal education to use in my new position in research and sponsored programs. While my path to this area has been winding, I am excited about the future career opportunities within this field. In my free time with family, I enjoy hiking and snowshoeing the Adirondacks, watching Notre Dame football, and attempting to bake.

1) Prepare for, and successfully pass CRA Examination when eligible.
2) Submit successful proposal to present at NCURA conference in future.
3) Transition into a Director role or compliance/ethics area.

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