The following resources are made available to all Washington University research administration professionals.



Course Materials & Tools Library

The STAR program encourages the sharing of materials and knowledge. Many units within the university have developed helpful tools and checklists to tackle various components of research administration. These items have been gathered and are featured in the Tools Library below. Training materials for courses that have recently been featured by the program may also be found below. Additional materials coming soon!

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Participant Self-Tracking Worksheets

Participants may track their progress in all three certificate tracks by downloading the fillable forms below.

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Download the participant class completion list here (updated monthly).
To see a comprehensive list of STAR courses and credit hours, please click here.
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Subject Matter Expert (SME) Directory 

Do you have a question that no one in your department can answer? Check out the SME Directory for a list of Research Administrators who have volunteered to answer questions about areas they’re experts in!

The SME Directory is categorized by topic and is available to members of the Washington University research community. Use this directory to quickly get an answer from a peer about a subject you might not deal with very often. If you would like to be added to or removed from the SME Directory, please contact Cynthia McKenna: 314-747-2941, star@wustl.edu.


Mentor Program

For more information about this program, contact Cynthia McKenna: 314-747-2941, star@wustl.edu.


CRA Exam Preparation

Are you working towards taking the CRA exam? Earning the designation of CRA, CPRA, or CFRA signifies that an individual “has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator” (race-cert.org, 2019). RACC offers “Body of Knowledge Review Sessions” designed to acquaint participants with CRA certification topics. In order to offer the session at Washington University, we need a minimum of 15 people to sign up to attend, at a cost of $225 each. If you are interested in attending (date to be determined), please let us know by indicating your interest here.