Panda Powell Completes NCURA-Eurasia Foundation Fellowship in Russia

Monday, June 19, 2017

Panda Powell, director of the UNCW Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, worked with colleagues at the University of Tyumen in Russia as part of a two-week fellowship from the National Council of University Research Administrators.

Powell received one of two NCURA-Eurasia Foundation fellowships awarded nationally for the 2016-17 academic year. In May she traveled to Tyumen, where she worked with administrators, conducted grant-writing seminars and explored potential future partnerships between UNCW and the University of Tyumen.

“It is rewarding to share my knowledge of research administration and grant writing with Russian colleagues,” Powell said. “UNCW and its global partners also benefit from the professional and cultural relationships made possible through organizations like NCURA.”

In November 2016, Powell worked with research administrators at Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University in Russia and attended conferences designed to enhance relationships between U.S. and Russian universities.

The purpose of the two-week NCURA-EF fellowship is to enable experienced U.S.-based research administrators work with Russian counterparts as they build their own research oversight offices, which are recent additions at many international universities. An emphasis on partnerships with international universities is a key focus of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

-- Tricia Vance