2018 Research Administrative Excellence Awards honor outstanding research administrators

VPRI David Conover (right) with members of the Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS) implementation team, winners of the 2018 Research Administrative Excellence Team Award

The 7th Annual Research Administrative Excellence Awards recognized the contributions of staff within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OPVRI) for their service and committment to the campus community.

At the ceremony David Conover, vice president for research and innovation, highlighted research and innovation achievements of the past year and thanked research administrators for their service.

"Today’s event is all about taking a moment to recognize your contributions," Conover said. "Thank you for all that you do to support research and innovation at the University of Oregon. Research would not be possible on this campus without you."

Three different staff members received individual Administrative Excellence Awards and one interdisciplinary team received the Administrative Excellence Team Award.

The Administrative Excellence Award recognizes outstanding research staff members who consistently contribute to team goals — with a deep knowledge of their position and campus resources — as well as demonstrate overall excellence in customer service. The award is handed out to UO administrators who have contributed to advancing the goals of the university and exceeded the expectations of their managers, peers and other campus constituents. Awardees are deemed to have routinely exhibited excellent attention to detail, shown a positive attitude and met deadlines under pressure.

The 2018 Research Administrative Excellence Award winners are:

  • Research and Innovation individual award — Orca Merwin, associate director, Innovation Partnership Services
  • Core Research Facility individual award — Tim Mason, director, Aquatic Animal Care Services
  • DGA Individual Award — Anne McGinley, academic program assistant, Department of High Energy Physics
  • Administrative Excellence Team Award — Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS) implementation team:
    • Stacy Williams-Wright (OVPRI)
    • Micah Sardell (IS)
    • Rob Yelle (RACS)
    • Joe Sventek (FAC Chair)