Your Fellow APsjenshangraw | September 18, 2012
Accountant | Office of Sponsored Programs
How long have you been at MSU?
28 years, will be 29 years on March 4, 2013
Have you been a member of the APA the whole time?
No, since December 24, 2009
Can you tell me a little bit about what you do? Specifically, more about the Office of Sponsored Programs and its function, and how your position support the office.
As a Sponsored Programs Accountant, I review faculty proposals to outside funding agencies, including proposal solicitations primarily from the federal government, review budget variables and calculations, review award agreements, including the legal language incorporated, and provide grant assistance to Principle Investigator’s and departmental administrators.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a unit under the Vice President for Research and Graduate studies with an organizational affiliation to the CFO and Controller. Our mission is to provide superior pre-award support to faculty, staff, and the Contract & Grant Administration.
What do you enjoy most about working at MSU?
The diversity of people I interact with on a daily basis.
Can you tell me about the benefits and challenges of working for Sponsored Programs?
Benefits include a flexible work schedule, the opportunity for additional professional development (internally and externally), knowledge of grant regulations and processes, great satisfaction knowing that you assisted the Principle Investigator and departmental administrators to the best of your ability, the variety of job responsibilities, and always being able to learn new things.
Challenges include a heavy workload that can be stressful, keeping up with requests from federal agencies and responding in a timely fashion when information is needed to be obtained from multiple parties
What are you favorite things to do when you are not at work?
I enjoy attending sporting events that my kids participate in at school, visiting my 103 year old grandmother, and traveling.