Marjorie Piechowski (’78 PhD American Literature and Studies) emerita director of research support for the College of Engineering & Applied Science, was selected by the Society of Research Administrators International to receive the Herbert B. Chermside Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration for 2018. The award –presented late October at 2018 SRAI annual meeting in Orlando—recognizes Piechowski’s contributions to the knowledge of research administrators, as well as her dedication to the continuous study and development of the field.
Piechowski has more than 30 years of experience in grant development and research administration, including nine years at the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Throughout her career she has coordinated and written large-scale, collaborative grant applications and facilitated hundreds of individual faculty research proposals to federal, state, private and industry sponsors at these and many other institutions.
As an individual consultant, she has written grant proposals that have resulted in more than $33 million of awards for a variety of colleges and universities, including several Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and other minority or disadvantaged organizations. Her successful proposals have supplemented limited institutional resources and laid the groundwork for future success in research endeavors.
Her nomination letter states: “Marjorie Piechowski has been a leader and point of light in the research administration profession longer than many of the people currently in the field have been research professionals. And she has never ceased in her endeavors to improve the field, specifically in the areas of improving educational offerings, mentoring others in the profession, and working to ensure the field receives the respect it deserves. “
Congratulations, Marjorie Piechowski!