College of Veterinary Medicine

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience

Lauri Kramer Recognized for Grant Contributions

Lauri Kramer, IPN financial staff member, was honored with one of the Grant and Contract top awards on March 18.  Lauri received the "Grant and Contract Administration Contribution Recognition Award" for her service nationally, regionally and locally on the work she does with grant and contract administration.

Nominated for the award by Financial Manager, Becky Morton, and Grant Preparation Coordinator, Jeanne Jensen, Lauri was praised for her ability to make sure the job gets completed.  "The IPN faculty depends on Lauri to 'know her stuff' so they won't have to worry about putting their budgets together or whether or not the guidelines are followed," Becky wrote of Lauri's contributions.

In addition to all the work Lauri completes for IPN, she also routinely works with other universities and funding agencies around the United States to ensure the interests of our faculty, department and university are addressed.  If there is any sort of conflict with these entities, Lauri tactfully and successfully resolves the issues to keep IPN's important research moving forward.IPN Awards

Becky also noted that Lauri is a real "team player".  She is willing to do whatever it takes for the team to succeed, "even if that is moving equipment, completing last-minute payroll or making sure an electronic grant has made its way through the sometimes intimidating electronic system".  As the nation moves more and more to electronic submissions, Lauri has been on the forefront figuring out the errors and how to avoid them to get grants submitted without incident.  "She is a meticulous worker, a good listener, one who willingly hears problems and discovers answers".

Lauri has been a speaker at recent WSU Sponsored Programs Conferences, and she has done much budget certification training for other WSU employees.  She is currently assisting several departments on both the Pullman and Spokane campuses to better manage their grants and contracts.  She belongs to national agency lists such as NIH, AHA, is a professional member of NCURA, and has been an Invited speaker several times at the national NCURA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Lauri was indeed a "good find", as Becky Morton stated.  Congratulations to Lauri, and thank you for all you do to make everyone's jobs in IPN easier.

Photos: Top (right) Lauri Kramer.  Above (left) Lauri accepts certificate and IPN's thank you for a job well done from IPN Chair, Steve Simasko.

Last Edited: Apr 09, 2013 9:29 AM   

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