Thursday, December 14, 2017
Victoria Leyton, lead administrator of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been bestowed a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) designation.
The CRA designation is a nationally recognized credential granted in the United States by the non-profit entity known as the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). It is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a high degree of efficiency and knowledge of professional research and sponsored programs.
"The skills from this certification can be applied on a daily basis when developing grant proposals and managing awarded grants," Leyton said.
The designation requires candidates to take a four-hour comprehensive examination developed by RACC. The bi-annual examination covers competencies in four areas known as the research body of knowledge: project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, financial management, and general management.
"I was very excited to learn that I had passed the exam. It had been a personal and professional goal of mine for nearly two years so I am delighted to have achieved this," Leyton said.
Leyton gathered additional knowledge through on-the-job training at Rice University to build upon her existing experience, coupled with assistance from mentors and colleagues.
"I am extremely grateful to Carrie Toffoletto, Executive Administrator of ECE, for supporting me and making sure I had the tools necessary to obtain the certification," Leyton said.
She hopes to use her skills to continue to support the professional research at ECE. Learn more about the CRA certification here