Vanessa is a research administrator at The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, in the College of Liberal Arts, Vanessa provides faculty and students with the necessary tools and resources to successfully submit proposals and obtain research funding for social science and humanities projects. In addition, Vanessa provides workshops and serves as a grants services liaison for college related issues. Vanessa is a founding member of the Association of Research Administrators (ARA) in its inaugural year at UT-Austin. Vanessa serves the ARA as Co-Chair of the Resource Network Initiative committee whose goal is to connect research administrators through a resource network that will facilitate information exchange and peer-mentorship. Vanessa has worked in higher education for 16 years, including 9 years in research administration. Her pre-award experience includes some of the following: supporting researchers by preparing and providing educational tools and workshops; proposal development, review and submission; funding opportunity searches; and assistance with management of research awards.