Welcome to NORDP: Kate Walters
Where: University of Maine
Number of Years in Research Development: 1
Joined NORDP: July 2017
What is your RD work?
I am a Grant Development Specialist at the University of Maine. The focus of our office is to assist junior faculty as they navigate the grant seeking world, and to work on large center proposals and proposals that fall under the University’s signature research areas. My focus area is NIH proposals and efforts to increase our success rate that include faculty writing workshops and training opportunities.
What is your professional and education background, experience?
Similar to many in RD, I have taken a winding path through my career. I began writing grant proposals and reports on funded projects for a non-profit in Alaska. This led to work with the State of Alaska reviewing proposals for recreational trail funding and ultimately assessing projects & helping grantees. Looking to be closer to family I took a pre-award administrator position at the University of Maine in 2015. After two years I changed roles and began working in the Grant Development office seven months ago. I love being a part of the proposal development team which has given me the opportunity to learn a great deal about research efforts on campus and truly get to know faculty and their interests.
What attracted you to NORDP?
I was recruited by a co-worker to join NORDP this summer. Since I am relatively new to RD and our office is less than 3 years old I thought it would benefit us as we build our office. The professional development available through the conferences and regional meetings have confirmed we are on the right path. NORDP helped me answer the question, “So, what exactly is grant development?”
How will your NORDP membership enhance your own career?
NORDP has provided me with a wealth of resources to learn from others in the field. Members are very generous in sharing their knowledge, experience, and resources. Their willingness to help, especially on the listserv has been wonderful.
Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee