February 2017 Kudos Korner

by Debra Schaller-Demers on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SRA International is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research managers/administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA International members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”

New Job/New Institution

Kimberly Pratt, MA
Research Business Coordinator
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
SRAI member since 2015

Kimberly joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio as a Research Business Coordinator in November 2016, to support researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, as well as doctor-scientists in diverse hospital departments.  She is responsible for the pre-award and post-award financial management of their entire grants portfolio for both internal and external funding.


Most recently, Kimberly was Manager of Research Administration at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry also located in Columbus, where she served as sponsored projects officer and oversaw all aspects of sponsored projects administration.  At COSI, she provided ‘cradle-to-grave’ support for federal grants in the Center for Research and Evaluation, as well as in other museum departments, set policy and procedures related to sponsored programs to maintain compliance, and provided grantsmanship training to aspiring researchers and practitioners.  

Prior to beginning her career in research administration at COSI in 2010, she held several roles in education and business administration in Ohio and Michigan.  She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History from Ohio University in 2003.

Kimberly completed SRA’s Basics of Research Administration course in February 2016 and plans to pursue certification as a Certified Research Administrator this spring. She has been a member of SRA since 2015, and currently serves as President-Elect for the SRA’s Ohio Chapter.    

Have Something to Share in Kudos Korner?

If you would like to share your story – please see the criteria below with some examples of noteworthy items of interest to the SRA International community that could be submitted to The Kudos Korner:

  • Recently published papers (e.g., articles, chapters, books, etc.)
  • Presentations (e.g., posters, sessions, workshops, video, web, etc.)
  • Professional Awards and Prizes (e.g., grants, contracts, honorary prizes/awards)
  • Recently earned degrees or professional accreditation (e.g., CRA, CIP, etc.)
  • Other honors (e.g., promotions, contest winners, organizational citations/recognition)
  • Transitions (e.g., new jobs, homes, family, retirement)

Please note that we will try and publish as many submissions as possible each month, but SRA International reserves the right to delay publication for future use or to edit and/or omit at its discretion.

Send requests for more information and all submissions via email to Debra Schaller-Demers at schalled@mskcc.org. We will make all attempts to confirm receipt of your submission and inform you of acceptance for publication. Please use this wording in the Subject Line of your email: SRAI Kudos.

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Name (First, Last)
  • Degree
  • Organization/Affiliation
  • Email and phone number if we need more information
  • Geographic Location (City, State, Country)
  • SRAI Member Since _________ (YYYY)
  • A separately attached headshot jpg file
  • Description of your honor/accomplishment (limited to 500 words)


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