Laura Rasnick serves as the Administrative Research Programs Assistant coordinating non-competitive, U.S. Department of Agriculture Capacity Projects (229 Formula Funds) on behalf of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). As the primary contact, she guides unit leaders and their faculty through the Hatch, Hatch/Multistate, McIntire Stennis, and Animal Health & Disease programs. In addition to organizing proposals, notice of awards, and annual reports to the U.S.D.A., she also manages the office of Dr. Saied Mostaghimi, Director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) and assists Dr. Susan Duncan, Associate Director of VAES. A few of her primary responsibilities include managing the Director’s calendar, multistate travel grants, Germplasm applications, and serving as a liaison between the VAES and other offices on campus. Prior to joining our team in September 2018, Laura served five years as a Senior Pre-Award Associate in the central Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) where she supported a diverse portfolio of university departments and developed the New Principal Investigator Onboarding Program. She served as a Pre-Award Administrator four years preceding promotion to Senior Associate, and worked as a Contract Administrator for a local small business before joining Virginia Tech in the fall of 2009. Laura is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia.