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RAMS Forum

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Join us at the Research Administration & Management Symposium Fall Forum for a full day of presentations covering research-related topics.


RAMS Fall Forum is free to VCU faculty and staff. The Office of Research and Innovation will be providing lunch and refreshments.

Register here to reserve your spot. Registration is limited to 140. The day's presentations will be informative for all VCU staff whose work involves research administration and management.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Networking

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Logistics

9:15 – 10:15 Because of You Research Keynote

Jennifer Fettweis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

10:30 – 12:00 Interactive Post-Award Problem Solving

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Lessons Learned: SOPs for Research Administration

Candice L. Weber, MA, CRA
Associate Director for Research Administration & Training, Office of Research Administration, VCU School of Medicine

2:00 – 2:45 Ignite-ing Change in Research Administration

3:00 – 4:00 Best Practices for the Research Dashboard

Patricia Perkins, CPA
Assistant VP for Finance and University Controller

If you have questions about the RAMS Forums, please contact:

Lydia Klinger
(804) 628-2642





The forum will be held in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall.

James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23284

Call for Ignite Presentations

This year for the RAMS Fall Forum, we are inviting 4-6 research administrators to present an Ignite-style talk to share best practices, innovative ideas and success stories with their colleagues.

Ignite-style presentations are like lightning round (5 minutes) “TED-talks” utilizing 15 slides that auto-advance every 20 seconds.

Ignite Proposal Due Date:  September 30, 2019
Submit your proposal here:  https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=NTLXHHFLD7
Notification of Accepted Proposals:  October 4, 2019
Presentation Due Date:  November 1, 2019
Present at RAMS Fall Forum:  November 11, 2019

Suggested Topics
Records Management, Troubleshooting in Research Administration, Effort Reporting, IRB, Clinical Trials Best Practices, Meet the OVPRI Staff, Foreign Influence
*After RAMS Spring Forum 2019, we received feedback requesting training sessions for the above topics. These are merely suggestions. Please feel free to submit a proposal for any relevant research administration topic.*


If you have questions about the Ignite presentations, please contact:

Jaime Petrasek
(804) 827-3631