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OU Research Staff Elected to Lead National and Regional Research Organizations


CONTACT: Jana Smith, Director, Strategic Communications for R&D, University of Oklahoma, (405) 325-1322,

NORMAN — Two University of Oklahoma research staff members recently were elected to lead national and regional research organizations.

“The election of Alicia Knoedler and Fran Stephens to top leadership positions in their respective professional societies is a clear testimony to their outstanding leadership abilities and the respect they have earned from their colleagues at the national and regional levels.  We are very fortunate to have them in the OU family,” said Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research for OU’s Norman campus.

Knoedler, associate vice president for research and director of the OU Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment, was elected in May to serve as the next president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

She is a founding member and current member of the board of directors of the organization, which focuses on more clearly defining research development.

In her position as Center director, Knoedler facilitates research and scholarly activities across the Norman campus by supporting the efforts of faculty and researchers as they develop competitive research programs and proposals for both internal as well as extramural funding.

Fran Stephens, proposal development specialist in the Office of Research Services, was elected as president of the Southern Section of the Society of Research Administrators International in March.  The Southern Section encompasses 14 states and Puerto Rico.

She has been an active member of the SRA Southern Section since 2004 having served on numerous International and Southern Section committees.  She was recognized by Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for Outstanding Service in Support of Research Scientists in 2006.

Stephens is a Certified Research Administrator and has completed the SRA International’s Grantsmanship Certificate.  In addition, she completed the National Council of University Research Administrators Sponsored Project Administration Level I and II training.

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