NORDP 2018 Conference Cameo: Emily Brashear

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here:

Who: Emily Brashear, Faculty Research Development Specialist
Where: Washington State University
Number of years in research development: 2
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2018 will be my first one!
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? Aruba, it truly is a desert island!

I jumped into the Research Development (RD) world without even knowing what exactly it was. What I did know was that RD is better than reviewing police reports, which is what I was doing in my previous career. (And although that work is filled with funny stories and action, it comes with bad shifts and can be lonely!) So, I jumped into RD with both feet.


My primary job at Washington State University is to find faculty funding. I think this is one of the most exciting parts of RD. I train faculty on how to navigate through the funding database and encourage them to explore new avenues where their research can fit. Another one of my tasks is to manage the university’s limited submission competitions. I feel our limited submission opportunity system is pretty strong, but I would love to hear what others are doing. I also recently took on a small internal program at WSU with the goal of learning pre-award functions. This is the beginning of a new career for me—it’s exciting!

My coworkers have attended a few NORDP Conferences and thought it would be a great way for me to learn more. The conference in May will be my first NORDP conference. I have only heard good things—there seems to be a lot of networking, building relationships, and learning. I’m eager to attend and see for myself!


We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

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