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Tiny Victories | Katrina Akioka and Tasha Gilson-Durham

By SRAI News posted 09-09-2021 12:04 PM


Tiny Victories | Katrina Akioka and Tasha Gilson-Durham

In this year of so many challenges, tiny victories can almost seem like major accomplishments. The Catalyst wants to highlight your tiny victories in research administration and how you are using them to get through everything life has recently thrown at us. Through sharing our tiny victories, we believe it will give us hope in this year and beyond. We have two victories for September that celebrate successes with the CRA exam. Join us as we congratulate Katrina Akioka and Tasha Gilson-Durham on their recent Tiny Victories!

Share your tiny victories with us and give everyone a chance to congratulate you on even the smallest of accomplishments! Do you have a tiny victory to share? Submit your Tiny Victory here.

Katrina Akioka
Research Administrator
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Katrina had this to say about her success with the CRA exam: 

I've been studying off and on for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam for the past 9 months. After taking a little hiatus from studying for the summer, I decided to go ahead and just see what my score would be on the practice exam. To my pleasant surprise—as I am relatively new to the RA field—I received a decent (and passing!) score. Even though this is not necessarily indicative of how well I will do on the actual exam in November, it has boosted my confidence and that maybe I know more about the field than I thought I did! 

Good luck in November, Katrina!

Tasha Gilson-Durham
Associate Director for Research
Indiana University 

Tasha is now a Certified Research Administrator and had this to say about her experience: 

For years I have been wanting to obtain the CRA (Certified Research Administrator) certification. In March 2021, I decided I was going to go for it and began studying. I sat for the test on May 21st and learned mid-June that I passed! I have been in research administration for almost 14 years and feel this certification validates my experience. 

Congratulations, Tasha!


Compiled by Carly Pigg, Coordinator of Grants and Development
LSU Health New Orleans