SRAI Catalyst

About SRAI Catalyst

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

SRA International and the Catalyst team hopes you find this newsletter interesting and helpful in your efforts of providing support to research. We encourage you to collaborate, investigate and continue your efforts toward improving the quality of the academic and research environment both in the US and abroad. Visit our website for the most current information on meetings, policy, happenings and events.  

Recent Articles

  • Note from the Editor | The Catalyst is YOUR Newsletter Dear Readers, As we near the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving this month and inch closer to the start of a new decade, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your enthusiasm, interest, and support for SRAI and the Catalyst! Our annual meeting this year broke a record read more

  • The Secret Life of a Research Administrator | How Workload, Stipend, and Overhead Changed to Bouillabaisse, Béarnaise, and Pâte à Choux When I decided to semi-retire back in 2017, I had an inkling of what I wanted to do with myself but I didn’t know where to start.  I wanted to become a trained chef, but most programs were either expensive or required read more

  • View from the Top | October Board Meeting The Board of Directors met twice at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. President Kim Carter reported that last year’s Annual Meeting in Orlando was very successful in spite of the last-minute move from Puerto Rico. She received many positive comments on the educational opportunities and venue. In case you read more

  • Meet SRAI Leadership: Welcome to the New Board of Directors' Members In each monthly issue of the Catalyst, the “Meet SRAI Leadership” column introduces you to the SRAI leadership, committee members and volunteers. This virtual platform serves as a good starting base for meeting the members of the SRAI community. This is a great opportunity to get read more

  • Recap: 2019 SRAI Annual Meeting The 2019 SRAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco is over, but memories of this event will linger for some time.  Over 1600 participants attended from all over the world to “lead change and inspire excellence.”  Presentations this year were shorter in length to allow us to include more sessions.  We also experimented with read more


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Catalyst Editors

Seema Dhindaw, MS
Co-editor, Catalyst

Katie Watkins
Co-editor, Catalyst