WSU Research Admin Awards

The purpose of these Awards is for the Office of Research and Finance and Administration to recognize current and former WSU employees (pre-award, post-award, faculty, department staff, other central WSU unit staff, graduate students, etc.) who have provided outstanding service and meritorious contributions to the field. The three award categories are:

Service Recognition Award

Service is defined as an individual who has performed their grant and contract administration responsibilities outstandingly above and beyond the expected or required performance within his/her work unit or area.

Contribution Recognition Award

Contribution is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.

Pioneer Recognition Award

Pioneer is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference with a far reaching, significant and influential impact on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.

  • Suzanne Hamada (2021)
  • Lynda Olin (2021)

  • Denise Crossler (2021)
  • Modernization Grants Team: Christine Galbreath, Ty Simanson, Carrie Johnston (2021)

  • Paul G. Allen SGAH Administrative Team (2019)
  • James J. Wills (2013)

  • Colin Gulbrandsen (2020)
  • Marnie Rogers (2020)
  • Tom Busch (2019)
  • Christopher Cree (2019)
  • Ariana Evensen (2019)
  • Matt Michener (2018)
  • Savannah Tiedeman (2018)
  • Amanda Yager (2018)
  • Susan Lewis (2013)
  • Jeanne Jensen (2009)
  • Debbie Brudie (2009)
  • John Anderson (2008)
  • Esther Tate (2007)
  • Rebecca Morton (2007)
  • Cathleen Fabich (2006)
  • Margaret (Peggy) Bowe (2006)

  • Becky Griswold (2020)
  • Jessica Smith-Kaprosy (2020)
  • Susan Cao (2019)
  • Mary Cody (2019)
  • Emilie Cousins (2018)
  • Bev Rhoades (2018)
  • Ty Simanson (2018)
  • Margaret (Peggy) Bowe (2013)
  • Deborah (Deb) Cox (2013)
  • Andrea Comley (2009)
  • Mary Weitz (2008)
  • Lisa Blumenshein (2008)
  • Karin Neuenschwander (2008)
  • Laura Kramer (2008)
  • Nancy Shrope (2007)
  • Dan Nordquist (2007)
  • Marilyn Burns (2006)
  • John Tarnai (2006)

  • Dan Nordquist (2007)
  • Monte Sutton (2007)
  • Andrea Comley (2007)

Criteria for Awards

Service Recognition Award criteria: 

• shown initiative to remain abreast of current trends, regulations and changes in the field;
• evidence of continuing and long-term service to grant and contract administration;
• proven customer service (no matter who the customer is) that is valued by the faculty for their assistance;
• exhibited effective communication and interpersonal skills;
• demonstrated accuracy, efficiency, prioritizing and/or multitasking abilities;
• exemplified positive attitude, collegiality, willing cooperation, work ethic and/or dependability;
• incentive for continuing knowledge of work unit/area and/or valued by the faculty for their knowledge;
• completed continuing training (i.e., completed the Research Administration Series; proposal budget certified);
• proven record (i.e., no audit findings) of understanding compliance regulations; and /or
• developed collaborative relationships between their work unit/area and central administration.

Contribution Recognition Award criteria: 

development and implementation of a program that has enhanced grant and contract administration;
• presented workshops/seminars/classes for WSU (or other institutions) on some aspect of the field;
• served on university committees furthering research/sponsored project activities;
• made contributions that have improved the efficiencies and/or streamlined processes for better serving grant and contract administrators, faculty, work units/areas and/or central administration efforts;
• developed collaborative relationships between work units/areas, central administration and /or external funding agencies that have contributed toward the better reputation of the university as a whole;
• performed service to a professional organization (i.e., WACUBO, NCURA, SRA, NAFSA, or equivalent); and/or
• publication of article(s) in the field.

Pioneer Recognition Award criteria: 

• launched or initiated a novel approach that was significant to grant and contract administration;
• developed and implemented an innovation program that has enhanced grant and contract administration
• introduced an idea that had a direct impact on the collaborative working relationships between departmental, pre- and post-award and central administration grant and contract administrators; and /or
• produced a positive, creative atmosphere through forward thinking between faculty and university’s grant and contract administrators.