Biomedical Research Coordinator Selected to Serve on the Certification Writing Board

Peg Hart, Research Coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to serve on the Research Administrators Certification Council’s (RACC’s CRA) Paper Editorial Board. The two-year appointment began March 1.

Expectations for committee members include participating in paper writing sessions and creating questions that focus on specific areas of need or changes in research administration. The resulting questions would be considered for inclusion in the bank of exam questions for future versions of the Chartered Research Administrator exam. The four-hour exam consists of 250 multiple-choice questions. You must be certified to sit on RACC CRA committees.

“I took the exam last November, so I still remember the stress of studying for the ARC exam and worrying about being asked about obscure information,” Hart said. “I don’t want to find footnotes at the end of little-used documents to create questions. I want to help prepare questions that test knowledge that research administrators actually use. Test familiarity on the procedures encountered during his day-to-day activities seem more appropriate.”

Raj Rao, head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, said he was extremely proud of Hart for being selected to serve on this committee.

“This clearly demonstrates his willingness to help others in the research community so that we can develop the ecosystem necessary to advance our research agenda,” Rao said.

According to the RACC, the CRA designation certifies that an “individual possesses adequate knowledge to serve as a professional research administrator of sponsored programs, particularly federally funded research grants and contracts.”

The number of CRAs at the U of A has doubled in two years. Currently there are seven.

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