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elected to the board for Region III of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). In this role, Smelser will inform the region membership of pertinent information from the National Organization, and serve on the Region III Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.

NCURA, founded in 1959, is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering of a diverse, collegial, and respected global community. With over 7,500 members from over 1,100 colleges, universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes in 40 countries, NCURA is actively involved in furthering communication and understanding between research administrators both within and outside the United States. NCURA’s purpose is to serve all members by advancing expertise in the profession of research administration.


PAPPG 20-1), researchers will be required to use one of two formats for submitting biographical sketches as well as the current and pending support documents. Both the biographical sketches and the current and pending support documentation can be completed by using an approved fillable PDF or entered on the SciENcv website. These changes go into effect on June 1, 2020.

Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) and college/department staff, have explored both options and recommend using SciENcv, as it allows for significant long-term maintenance capability. With SciENcv, researchers can have multiple biographical sketches with publication listings tailored to various research areas, link to their ORCID account for ease of publication selection, and easily update current and pending projects. Continue reading