2016 Northeast/Southern Section Meeting



The Society of Research Administrators International maintains 12 certificate programs encompassing every aspect of Research Administration – Hospitals, Universities, Nonprofits and Commercial Institutions. SRAI’s certificate programs offer comprehensive training specific to today’s educational needs of research administrators.

The three certificates that will be offered in full at the 2016 Northeast/Southern Section Meeting in NYC are Pre-award, Financial Management and Leadership.

The curriculum for each program includes a required halfday or fullday workshop, four (4) to eight (8) required sessions, and four (4) to six (6) elective sessions. New guidelines were adopted to standardize and coordinate the development and delivery of certificate programs.

Certificate program course credit is earned and awarded only if full SRAI membership is in effect at the time the course is taken. In other words, only full members may receive credit for taking certificate program workshops and sessions. Affiliate members, nonmembers and those with lapsed membership will not receive educational credit for any certificate program sessions or workshops taken during this time. SRAI members have up to three years to complete the courses from a specific certificate program requirement, allowing you greater flexibility to manage time, travel and budget constraints.

Certificate Tracking Booklet

The tracking booklet allows members to easily record their progress. Pick up a Certificate Tracking Booklet at registration and obtain a sticker at the conclusion of each workshop or session. Once all coursework has been completed turn in your documentation to Registration at the meeting or email it to srameetings@srainternational.org to receive your certificate of completion. If you attended a workshop or session at a previous SRAI meeting, list the meeting on the line next to the course. SRAI staff will verify your attendance at previous meetings.


  • Financial and Post-award Administration - Topics include: research cost accounting; auditing; OMB requirements for universities, hospitals, private sector; matching funds issues/cost sharing; financial conflict of interest issues; facilities and administration costs; purchasing; salaries, compensation, honoraria; and travel allocability and allowability; working with sponsoring agencies and sub-recipient monitoring.

  • Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries - This track relates to the development and delivery of sponsored programs. Topics may include: how to develop collaborative partnerships with industry, government and non-profit sectors; identifying strategies in developing public-private partnerships; institutional capacity building, including supply-side partnerships; faculty, positioning; effective grant writing techniques; the role of the research administrator in sponsored programs development; diversifying funding sources;  communication strategies in sponsored programs development; and organizational and team structures to support successful program development.

  • Professional Development - This track hosts workshops and sessions geared towards: continuing education commitment; building on personal growth and development; leadership; quality of life development; self-assessment; supervisor/staff relations; industrial/workplace psychology; emerging role of research administrators within the culture of research.

  • Research Law - Courses center around patents; copyrights; intellectual property; technology transfer; undue influence and conflict of interest; Stark; Safe Harbors; Anti Kickback; HIPAA; institutional liability assessment and corrective action planning; FAR/DFAR; OMB Circulars and CFR’s; emerging regulations and statutes; interrelationship of federal, state and local law; international issues; important/export and licensing issues; data sharing, monitoring, management and ownership.

  • Sponsors and Agencies - Covers: the nature of “sponsorship”; defining roles and responsibilities between sponsors, grantors, awardees; private sector sponsors: technology, foundations; state sponsorship issues; federal agency updates; new initiatives in research; international agency relations; working with program officer leadership; and sponsoring agency rules.

  • Research Ethics and Compliance - Applies to attendees involved or interested in issues such as: human research; animal research; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibility and development; publications; collaborative research ethics; scientific misconduct; standards for the responsible conduct of research; and research ethics education programs, curricula, requirements and approaches. 

Learning Cafe

Monday - Wednesday, February 29 - March 2 | Broadway Ballroom

The Learning Cafés offer a venue for attendees to exchange ideas, ask questions, share solutions and “continue the conversation” about topics in research administration. Learning Cafés are being held in the Broadway Ballroom in a comfortable round table setting. Attendees can choose to participate for the entire session or join the group at any time. Come and get inspired (or inspire others) with new ideas, engage with other attendees on hot topics and learn of innovative solutions to challenges in research administration!

  • Monday, February 29 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Monday, February 29 | 2:15 - 3:30 PM
  • Monday, February 29 | 3:45 - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 1 | 3:15 - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 2 | 10:30 - 11:45 AM

Round Tables

Tuesday, March 1 | Broadway Ballroom

  • RT1:So You Think You Want to be a Consultant?
    • Speakers: Susan Wyatt Sedwick, PhD, CRA, CSI, Consultant, Attain LLC; Cynthia White Blazy, Independent Consultant
  • RT2: Boldly Going Where You’ve Never Gone Before - Shifting Funding and Opportunities
    • Speakers: Hana Kabashi, MA, Senior Research Coordinator, and Mariah Bauer, PhD, Director of Research Strategy & Management, University of Maryland, College Park
  • RT3: Successful Mentoring Relationships
    • Speaker: Tony Onofrietti, MS, CRSS, Director, Research Education, The University of Utah
  • RT4: Succeeding as a Newby in Departmental Grant Administration
    • Speaker: Judy Forester, Assistant Director, Mississippi Small Business Development Center, University of Mississippi
  • RT5: Animals in Research
    • Speaker: Lauren Danridge, LSSS, CPIA, IACUC Administrator, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • RT6: HIPAA and It’s Impact on Research Administration
    • Speaker: Carlotta Rodriguez, MS, CIP, CHRC, Director, IRB, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • RT7: Leadership in Research Administration
    • Speakers: Dominic Esposito, Director of Grants Administration, Baruch College, CUNY
  • RT8: Productive Conflict
    • Speaker: Sheila McMillan, Administrative Manager, Drexel School of Public Health
  • RT9: Private Foundations
    • Speakers: Cherri Helms, MS, Grants manager, Moser Research Institute, Kennedy Krieger; Gayle Mowbray Walters, MS, Associate Director, Johns Hopkins University
  • RT10: Best Practices for Organizations Who Can’t Afford Sponsored Programs Software
    • Speaker: M. Fran Stephens, CRA, Proposal Development Specialist, University of Oklahoma