2019 - Melissa Schon
This award recognizes Melissa’s exceptional job performance, her deep commitment to the success of the research mission and the goals of the ObGyn faculty as she helps ease the administrative burdens through the challenges and hurdles of the submission process.
Through her sincerity, warmth and high standards of integrity, Melissa has built excellent relationships with the faculty and staff in ObGyn. Her dedication to the individual, departmental and institutional research is apparent in her enthusiasm and willingness to go above and beyond, no task is too small or too big for her. Melissa advises department leadership and faculty on issues related to research, providing accurate data to inform her recommendations. Melissa attends training workshops, develops and implements new strategies and acts as a representative on many committees. She also collaborates with other departments and shares her processes with them.
Like Camille Mrozowski, Melissa Schon is beloved for her personal warmth, an unshakeable positive attitude, her integrity, sincerity and deep commitment to supporting the research mission
2018 - Arijit Bhaumik
This award recognized Ari’s passion, professionalism, tireless commitment, and extraordinary care for both researchers and their patients. As the Research Administrator of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Ari supports countless research activities, from managing research projects to training study coordinators to balancing complex research budgets. Ari is an excellent communicator, emphasizing creative and dynamic strategies for multicultural, cross-generational and multipurpose understanding of research within the MADC. He has managed neurodegenerative clinical trials and longitudinal studies at the MADC for more than 12 years.
2017 - Kristen Hug
This award recognized Kristen’s professionalism, dedication, passion and integrity in her 13-year career at the university. She provides vital pre-award grant administration in her department, supporting research faculty in the submission of applications, Just In Time (JIT) packages and progress reports, as well as acting as the unit’s student services representative.
Kristen is described by her colleagues as unflappable, unfailingly positive, warm, reliable and efficient, and Interim Chair Kristen Verhey calls her the “best pre-award grants person on campus.”