Farrell Rapp Elected to RACC Board of Directors
September 30, 2013 — Farrell Rapp, research services coordinator in the University of Wyoming Research Office, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) Board of Directors.
The RACC promotes the voluntary certification by examination for research and sponsored programs administrators. Certification demonstrates that an individual has been examined by an independent professional certifying organization and found to possess a certain level of knowledge of research and sponsored program administration.
The RACC currently has more than 2,000 certified administrators who hold the designation Certified Research Administrator (CRA) or Certified Pre-award Research Administrator (CPRA). Certificants are required to maintain the credential by demonstrating their continuing education in the profession every five years.
“Research administration has provided me with the opportunity to work with UW’s wonderful faculty and staff. We truly have astonishing faculty members,” says Rapp, who was the first person from Wyoming to qualify for CRA certification. “I really enjoy witnessing their enthusiasm for their research and being able to support them in their research endeavors.”
Rapp works primarily with faculty on proposal submissions, negotiating incoming contracts, creating and managing subawards and doing subrecipient monitoring.
“She has expressed interest in other areas of research administration including the compliance areas of human subjects research, animal research, export control and research ethics,” says Dorothy Yates, UW associate vice president for research. “I am very impressed with her reasoning skills, her intellectual capacity and her ability to get things done in a professional and service-oriented manner. She is very good at building relationships with faculty and across diverse departments.”
Rapp also serves on the Society of Research Administrators International Education and Professional Development Committee. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at UW in 2008, and worked for the UW sponsored programs office before assuming her current position in 2009.
Farrell Rapp will serve a three-year term on the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) Board of Directors.