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STAR: Specialized Training for Administrators of Research

STAR formed under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as a result of a school and department lead initiative which determined that the research administration community would greatly benefit from an expanded curriculum and additional training opportunities.

The STAR program strives to develop and provide training opportunities that will allow trainees to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career within research administration.

Get Involved

Get involved with STAR.

Upcoming Events

See upcoming events on the Research Education Calendar.

  • Improve grants administration expertise
  • Create promotional paths, encourage and enhance professional development, and retain qualified staff
  • Enhance support for faculty
  • Strengthen compliance efforts and reduce risk
  • Foster interdepartmental communications and knowledge sharing


In early November 2016, a survey was sent to the research administration community to assess what challenges exist when hiring a new employee and asked for feedback on which areas require additional training.  The survey also solicited participants to self-identify as specific subject matter experts to be listed as a resource to other research administrators.

See the SME list for more information ​(access requires a WUSTL Key).

Mentoring Program
Volunteers were also solicited for a mentoring program.  The initial pilot for this program is tentatively slated to begin in January 2017. Additional information coming soon!

On-boarding Course – Coming in Spring of 2017
A new web-based on-boarding course will be required for all new research administrators.  This course will provide a high-level overview of the research administration life cycle, key roles/offices, and an introduction to key terms and acronyms.

Financial Management Series Re-Launch
Following the launch of the new web-based on-boarding module for Research Administration the Financial Management Series 101 & 201 sponsored by Research Education & Information and Sponsored Projects Accounting will be relaunching in April of 2017.  The new comprehensive Financial Management Series combines the former 101 & 201 and takes into account the materials covered in the on boarding module .  This two-day course will include, but is not limited to, an overview of:

  • Cost Principles
  • F&A & Cost-Sharing
  • Processing Expenditures on Sponsored Funds
  • Project Management & Closeout
  • Effort Reporting Lifecycle

Save the Date!  New course on Administering Training Grants (T32 Focus)

June 13, 2017
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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