Spring 2019 Meeting

“Houston, The Research Administrators Have Landed”


April 28, 2019 – May 1, 2019


Omni Houston Hotel
Four Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056

The 2019 Spring Meeting will be held in the newly renovated Omni Houston Hotel, which is conveniently located on the west side of Houston near the Galleria and Memorial Park. To reserve your room at our regional meeting rate of $159/night, please visit this website.

Program Schedule

Conference Program 2019

Sunday, April 28

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM:        CRA Review Session (provided by RACC; separate registration and payment required)

5:00 – 8:00 PM:                 Welcome events, dinner, entertainment, and networking

8:00 – 11:00 PM:                Hospitality suite open

Monday, April 29

7:45 – 8:30 AM:                New member meet-up

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM:       Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups (includes lunch and keynote)

5:00 – 8:00 PM:                Evening entertainment, dinner, and networking

8:00 – 11:00 PM:               Hospitality suite open

Tuesday, April 30

7:45 – 8:30 AM:                New member meet-up

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM:       Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups (includes lunch and regional business meeting)

5:30 – 7:30 PM:                Dinner groups, scavenger hunt, and networking

7:30 – 9:30 PM:                Movie screening

8:00 – 11:00 PM:              Hospitality suite open

Wednesday, May 1

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM:       Workshops and Lunch (additional registration and payment required)

Workshop #1

So You Want to be an Astronaut: Lessons in Teamwork Learned from NASA Space Flight Missions (full day)

Presenters: Lacey Schmidt, Ph.D., Executive Director of Faculty Engagement, University of Houston; Kelley J. Slack, Ph.D., CFO and Managing Consultant, Minerva Work Solutions PPLC; Susan Sedwick, Ph.D., CRA, CSM, Senior Consulting Specialist, Attain

Description:There couldn’t be a more critical situation demanding excellent teamwork than that needed between astronauts and mission control.  This simulation training was developed to train flight controllers and astronauts to handle everything from mundane everyday operations to life threatening emergencies effectively. The training focuses on seven competencies known to improve individual and team effectiveness under diverse conditions. This simulation training will be delivered by the industrial/organizational psychologists who developed the training and joined by a senior research administrator.  To ensure the most effective learning experience for all participants, registration is limited to 50.

Workshop #2

Departmental Research Administration Boot Camp (full day)

Presenters: Lindsey Demeritt, Director, Sponsored Projects, Dell Medical School Office of Research, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: This all day workshop will take a deep dive into the lifecycle of sponsored projects administration from the perspective of the departmental administrator.  While discussing our roles, from proposal preparation to and through award management, we will also talk about the nuance that comes with being the middle man, the “boots on the ground,” directly supporting our faculty while also being responsible to maintain institutional compliance.

Workshop #3

Proposal Development: Tips and Tolls for Success Beyond the Basics (half day)

Presenters: Shelly Berry-Hebb, Assistant Director, Proposal Administration, Texas A&M University

Description: This half-day (morning) workshop will focus on essential tips and tools for successful proposal development.


Registration Now Open

Early Bird rates now available through March 29. Register today!

Program Committee

  • Gillian Bautista, University of Houston
  • Niki Bertrand, Southwestern University
  • Mona Bisase, Houston Methodist
  • Cory Blackwell, Texas Tech University
  • Beth Cammarn, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Greg Chu, University of Houston
  • Cory Davis, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lizette Gonzales, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Tribbie Grimm, Texas A&M University
  • Margie Harper, CHRISTUS Health
  • Anise Hawkins, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Susan Hurley, Sam Houston State University
  • Vanessa Lopez, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Diana Luna, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Katie Plum, Angelo State University
  • Kate Solis, St. Mary’s University
  • Angela Wishon, Wishon Consulting

For more information on the meeting, check back here or email the Chair-Elect.



Texas A&M University Vice President of Research


University of Houston


Sam Houston State University


Angelo State University





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University of Houston - College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics



University of the Incarnate Word

The University of Texas at Austin

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