SRAI Catalyst

SRAI’s monthly electronic newsletter, Catalyst, features insights from top professionals in research management and administration, informs readers of SRAI’s extensive conference and educational offerings, recognizes members for their achievements and provides a space to network and learn more about the structure, functions and people of SRAI.

How to write for the Catalyst: Not sure what to write about and how to format your submission? Read more information here and submit your articles here. If you have any questions, please send them here: .


by on Thursday, February 7, 2019

I advanced my career from a bookkeeper for a department to two directorships of research, consulting, and now in the sunset of my career into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I learned about teamwork and leadership. I learned how to present.... Read more

Tagged with: Allegheny Chapter, Membership, Michigan Chapter, Midwest Section, Networking, Ohio Chapter, Volunteer

by on Thursday, February 7, 2019

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr.... Read more

Tagged with: Insights, Leadership, Research Administration

by Sarah Marina on Thursday, February 7, 2019

For this issue of the Pulse, we wanted to learn more about how institutions are using their electronic research administration systems, whether the use of the systems is mandatory, and who conducts training on their use.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Insights, The Pulse

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Zadie Smith’s novel On Beauty, published in 2005, is a sharply drawn portrait of ideological conflict on campus. Although concerned with politics – departmental, institutional, and national – its stories are deeply personal and idiosyncratic.... Read more

Tagged with: Insights

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

First-hand experience from the first awardee of the RAMP scholarship Nana Oye Akuffo and the representative of the US institution that welcomed Nana in the US. The RAMP scholarships support opportunities for knowledge exchange through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of research administrators, to better prepare SRAI members for current and future societal challenges.... Read more

Tagged with: Insights, International Section, Membership, Networking, Volunteer

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Last fall I had the opportunity to hear a colleague discuss her career progression. She spoke primarily about the impact that mentoring had on her journey. This made me ponder my career path and the impact that others had on my ability to develop as a research administrator.... Read more

Tagged with: Insights, Leadership, Volunteer

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Start making your plans to join us for Research Management Architecture and All That Jazz at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile in beautiful downtown Chicago, April 28-May 1, 2019.... Read more

Tagged with: Education, Midwest Section, Northeast Section, Professional Development, Programs, Volunteer

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Are you seeking a better understanding of the purpose of SRA International, its members, how the executive team of Sections and Chapters are elected, how meetings are conducted and what officer the organizations will have to operate?... Read more

Tagged with: Midwest Section, Networking, Volunteer

by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A guided reading exercise could serve as a valuable early step in a Research Development (RD) professional’s career development, especially for those many years post-graduate school or without prior experience publishing academic articles.... Read more

Tagged with: Education, Insights, Professional Development

by on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Are you planning to attend the 2019 Western/Southern Section Meeting? It’s in sunny San Diego! Take a break from the cold weather and snow to join us March 10-13. What? Haven’t you registered yet? Stop everything you are doing and register right now today!... Read more

Tagged with: Education, Membership, Networking, Professional Development, Research Administration, Southern Section, Volunteer, Western Section