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OSP and GCA Honor 2012-2013 RAC Graduates

The graduates of the 2012-2013 Research Administration Certification (RAC) program with Jonathan G. Tubman, Ph.D., Doug Kudravetz, and Jesus Adame.

The graduates of the 2012-2013 Research Administration Certification (RAC) program with Jonathan G. Tubman, Ph.D., Doug Kudravetz, and Jesus Adame.

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in conjunction with Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA), recently hosted a ceremony and reception honoring those American University staff who successfully completed the inaugural session of the Research Administration Certification (RAC) program.

Introduced last fall, RAC is a training and certification program intended to support departmental and school/college level staff who hold management responsibilities in research administration and/or grant/contract development. This 8-session program covers a range of topics including: proposal preparation, research compliance, financial management and reporting, applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines – all with the purpose of empowering participants to more effectively administer sponsored awards. To successfully complete the program, participants were required to attend all sessions and pass all quizzes.

A certificate of completion along with a personal letter of congratulations was presented to the first 21 graduates on August 7, 2013. Their participation in this program not only demonstrates their dedication to their positions at AU, but also highlights their level of effort given the time it took to complete RAC.

Congratulations to all our 2013 RAC graduates:

  • Colette Abichaker
  • Heidi Abraham
  • Holly Bennett Christensen
  • Bill Brown
  • Neelum Buttar
  • Jill Clarke
  • Sacha Conley
  • Stefanie Drame
  • Joseph Gesa
  • Lela Gant
  • Kris Higgins
  • Beth Jones
  • Lindsey Lash
  • Heather Michelle Mattern
  • Kanako Mori
  • Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold
  • Jacqueline Palumbo
  • Jan Post
  • Cathy Samuels
  • Marvette Smith
  • Danielle Sodani

We wish all of our RAC graduates the best as they continue to enhance and develop their professional careers here at AU and look forward to once again launching RAC for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. View more information about the certification program on the OSP webpage.