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Education and Mentorship are the Backbone of the Research Administration Profession | by Cynthia Morin

By SRAI News posted 07-28-2021 12:43 PM


Education and Mentorship are the Backbone of the Research Administration Profession | by Cynthia Morin

At the young age of 18, I joined the Johns Hopkins University as an employee of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. At that time, the world of Research Administration was a complete mystery to me.

After many years of working hard to advance my career within the University system, I took a position as an Administrative Manager in the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This opportunity fully opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Research Administration all the career possibilities the field had to offer. This pushed me to work even harder to expand my knowledge and as much about the profession as I could.

Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have the support of great mentors who provided me with invaluable tools and resources for me to develop, define, and promote best practices. Having such unwavering guidance and support has been an important part of my career and have made me a better Research Administrator.

Several years ago, one particular mentor suggested that I join the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI). It was that decision that further enhanced my educational knowledge, networking capabilities, and provided me with a platform to share my knowledge and training with others.

The educational platform provided by SRAI along with the tools and resources shared by my mentors and colleagues have played over the years have all played a key role in my continued professional growth and development. This has allowed me to be a better Research Administrator in the field of clinical research.

I am proud to be a long-standing member of SRAI and active volunteer within the organization. Over the years, I have served in a variety of leadership and volunteer roles, most recently serving as a Meeting Co-Chair for the 2021 New Orleans Annual Meeting. I hope to see you all in New Orleans!

Helping to fulfill the mission of SRAI, fostering relationships among colleagues, and sharing my knowledge and training with others has always been extremely important to me. I enjoy being a part of a growing and vibrant research organization that helps to shape the educational platform for which we teach, learn and grow as members. I would be honored to be part of the SRAI Board of Directors and hope you will consider me for the role of At-Large Board Member.


Authored by Cynthia Morin
Senior Administrative and Business Manager
Johns Hopkins University