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Note from the Editor | Forward Into the Light

Note from the Editor | Forward Into the Light August was recently designated National Women’s Suffrage Month. It’s now been 100 years since the ratification of the 19 th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The movement began in July of 1848 and took all of 72 years to gain enough...


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View from the Top | Summary of the Board of Director Meeting(s)

View from the Top | Summary of the Board of Director Meeting(s) Since my last article in February, the Board of Directors has been busy conducting the Society’s business. In a typical year, the Board meets in person once in the winter and again in the summer. However, to respond to the...


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The Changing Face of Research Administration

The Changing Face of Research Administration Over the span of my career, research administration has remade itself many times. Gone are the days of making dozens of copies of funding proposals to a meet an express main pick-up deadline, or failing to meet the pick-up and driving the proposal...


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Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer When I joined SRAI and attended my first Section Meeting in 2006, I knew right after that meeting that SRAI was my community. People were engaging, inclusive, interested in my opinion, and saw potential in me that I had not recognized in myself. I owe an abundance of...


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Being an SRAI Volunteer

Being an SRAI Volunteer Volunteering for SRA International allows you to give back to your profession and colleagues as well as receive the benefit of new friends. Your new contacts give you resources “to go to” when you are told “everybody else was OK” with the particular issue(s) you say...


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Walking the Tightrope – Reflections on a Career in Research Administration

Walking the Tightrope – Reflections on a Career in Research Administration Like most of you reading this article, I never intended to pursue work as a Research Administrator, and I didn’t even know that such a field existed until I unexpectedly found myself working as a Grant Administrator in...


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“Get Interested in What You’re Doing and Give it Your All”

“Get Interested in What You’re Doing and Give it Your All” I am Pamela Denise Montgomery. I am running for an At-Large Board Member for the Board of Directors position with the Society of Research Administrators International. I have been serving the research community at Duke University in...


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Electronic Communication

Electronic Communication During the COVID-19 pandemic, research administrators are finding creative ways to communicate with their faculty, staff, and institutions. Thankfully, the research administration community thrives online. One form of electronic communication we all rely on is email. ...


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Hail and Farewell: New Faces, Common Goals

Hail and Farewell: New Faces, Common Goals Hail and Farewell is a traditional military event celebrating those coming to and departing from an organization. Hail and Farewell builds organizational camaraderie, a feeling of pride, fellowship, and shared goals; as well as loyalty to the...


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Michigan Chapter

Michigan Chapter I hope you are well and are able to take some time this summer to relax. It sure has been a whirlwind these last few months. But as I keep telling myself - the waters are always choppy during the storm - we just have to weather them. I am writing today to officially announce...