Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in March

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

March 10 . . . . . . . . . .  Informal research networking at Cru Gastro Lounge
March 11
. . . . . . . . . .  Human subjects/IRB application training
March 27 . . . . . . . . . .  Free NEH writing workshop and consultations at Ohio University


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in February

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

February 3 . . . . . . . . . .  Human subjects/IRB application training
February 4
. . . . . . . . . .  Human subjects/IRB application training
February 7
. . . . . . . . . .  Human subjects/IRB application training
February 11 . . . . . . . . . Human subjects/IRB application training
February 12 . . . . . . . . . Proposals & Awards Reception
February 17 . . . . . . . . . Presidents’ Day: Federal agencies are closed; Research & Innovation is open
February 20 . . . . . . . . . Human subjects/IRB application training
February 24 . . . . . . . . . Human subjects/IRB application training
February 25
. . . . . . . . .  Animal Care Program orientation


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in January

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

January 1 . . . . . . . . . .  New Year’s Day: Federal agencies and OARS/Research & Innovation are closed
January 20 . . . . . . . . . Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Federal agencies and OARS/Research & Innovation are closed
January 23 . . . . . . . .  NSF CAREER Award seminar
January 23 . . . . . . . .  NSF CAREER Award recipient panel discussion
January 23 . . . . . . . .  Animal Care Program Orientation
January 29 . . . . . . . .  Informal research networking at Books & Brews


Updated January 8, 2020 to include Animal Care Program Orientation.

Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in December

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

December 6 . . . . . . . . . .  Nomination deadline: Distinguished Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar Awards
December 11
. . . . . . . .  OARS/Research & Sponsored Programs Office Hours in Armstrong Student Center
December 24-31 . . . .  OARS/Research & Innovation closed
December 25 . . . . . . . . Christmas Day: Federal agencies closed


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in November

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

November 8-12 . . . . . . . . . . FastLane and research.gov down for maintenance
November 11
. . . . . . . . . . . .  Veterans’ Day — most federal agencies closed (OARS is open)
November 12
. . . . . . . . . . . .  Informal research networking at Cru Gastro Pub
November 13 . . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Office Hours in Armstrong Student Center
November 13
. . . . . . . . . . . .  Human Subjects Research Training
November 26 . . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Office Hours in Armstrong Student Center


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in October

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

October 3. . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Proposal Writing Workshop begins (continues through November 14)
October 9 
 . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Office Hours in Armstrong Student Center (Oxford) AND Harriet Taylor Room in Mosler Hall (Hamilton)
October 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . Human Subjects Research Training
October 18 . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline: Applications for CFR Faculty Research Grants
October 22 . . . . . . . . . . . OARS Office Hours in Armstrong Student Center (Oxford)
October 28 . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline: NSF MRI internal competition submissions
October 29  . . . . . . . . . . . Human Subjects Research Training
October 29 . . . . . . . . . . . Informal Research Networking at the Goggin Ice Center Club Lounge


Updated October 7, 2019, to include deadline for NSF MRI internal competition submissions.

Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Four people, each holding an oversized puzzle piece, fit the pieces together.

Get to know Grants and Contracts staff on National Research Administrator Day

September 25, 2019 marks the fifth annual National Research Administrator Day. Last year, we began a tradition of commemorating the event by profiling staff in various research administration units at Miami University. This year, we introduce you to the team in Grants & Contracts, who set up and manage financial aspects of awards made to the university. They have 55 years’ of research administration experience at Miami between them! (To learn more about the research administration profession, check out this post from our archive, by former OARS team member Tricia Callahan.)


Cindy Green

Cindy Green, Senior Staff Accountant

How long have you been a research administrator?
September marks my 18th anniversary in the Grants & Contracts office.

Describe your job in five words or less.
Can be challenging at times

What’s something that seems obvious to research administrators, but is often misunderstood by other people?
Different agencies have different policies that must be followed.  We are always busy trying to keep people compliant with their particular grant guidelines, especially knowing that federal, state or agency audits are always a possibility.

What is your research administrator superpower?
My superpower is helping others follow and adhere to agency guidelines.

If you weren’t a research administrator what job would you have?
I would like to be a travel agent.

Portrait of Kathy Kihm in her office
Kathy Kihm

Kathy Kihm, Staff Accountant II

How long have you been a research administrator?
I have worked in the Grants & Contracts office for five years.

Describe your job in five words or less.
More than a number cruncher

What’s something that seems obvious to research administrators, but is often misunderstood by other people?
Awards are like individuals; no two alike. Awards may have the same funding agency, yet still have varying contractual obligations. Each one must be handled on an individual basis. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another.

What is your research administrator superpower?
My superpower is an innate willingness to help others. Accounting isn’t in the wheelhouse of most of our PI’s, so to be able to assist them with that aspect of their awards benefits all.

If you weren’t a research administrator what job would you have?
I would probably be either a docent or a tour guide. It would be fun to share knowledge as well as learn from others. Plus I would probably be in an interesting place amidst people who are vacationing and happy and uplifting!

Linda Manley

Linda Manley, Assistant Controller

How long have you been a research administrator?
This past July marked my 20 years here at Miami in the Grants and Contracts Office.

Describe your job in five words or less.
It is demanding at times

What’s something that seems obvious to research administrators, but is often misunderstood by other people?
We have all types of funding sources; federal, state, private and local, and they each have their own set of rules. The Grants and Contracts Office’s main responsibility is financial compliance. When we ask questions related to your grant expenses we are trying to ensure that we keep Miami out of any audit comments or findings.

What is your research administrator superpower?
Being able to resolve grant issues/problems when they occur.

If you weren’t a research administrator what job would you have?
I always wanted to be an airline stewardess.

Paula Murray

Paula Murray, Staff Accountant II

How long have you been a research administrator?
I have been a research administrator for 12 of my 19 years with Miami.

Describe your job in five words or less.
Every day brings new adventures!

What’s something that seems obvious to research administrators, but is often misunderstood by other people?
All external funding comes with different expectations of its application. Our job is to be able to validate Miami utilized those funds as expected of us.

What is your research administrator superpower?
My superpower is to lead PI’s through the federal effort certification process.

If you weren’t a research administrator what job would you have?
You would find me as a Fairy Godmother at the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


Puzzle piece photo public domain via Max Pixel. Photos of Grants & Contracts staff by Paula Murray, Grants & Contracts Office, Miami University.

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up in September

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Be sure to check out the deadlines and events coming up next month:

September 11  . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Office Hours in Armstrong
September 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . Human Subjects Research Training
September 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . Informal Research Networking at Books & Brews
September 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . Human Subjects Research Training
September 24  . . . . . . . . . . .  OARS Office Hours in Armstrong


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license

Round, metal perpetual calendar. Text: Place Year Over Month. For 55 Yrs. Calendar. 1970-2024. Red Month for Leap Year. Th F S S M Tu W. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30

Deadlines and events coming up

Two pages from a spiral bound calendar, each partially visible. Text: 6 W. 7 T. 8 FR. 9 SA. 7 8 9 10 11. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16.

We’re working on a lineup of professional development sessions for next academic year. Check back here in late summer for dates, as well as for deadlines for popular programs like CFR Faculty Research Grants and New Faculty GPS. You can also bookmark the OARS calendar of events webpage.


Perpetual calendar photo by Bryan Kennedy via Flickr. Paper calendar photo by photosteve101 via Flickr. Both used under Creative Commons license