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  September 3, 2002

Scientist, Administrator to
Head Sponsored Programs
By Sherry Fisher

An associate dean at New York University School of Medicine has been named assistant vice provost for research and executive director of the Office for Sponsored Programs at UConn.

Carol Welt started her new job on Sept. 1. Since 1994, she has held the positions of associate dean for research administration, adjunct assistant professor of administration, and executive director of the Office of Grants Administration and Research Services.

Carol Welt
Carol Welt, director of the Office for Sponsored Programs.
Photo by UCIMT

Welt replaces Regina Smith, who left the University last year.

"Carol Welt has had both research experience and administrative experience in dealing with federal research policies," says Janet Greger, vice provost for research and graduate education and dean of the graduate school, who joined the University in July. [ Greger's appointment was announced in the January 28, 2002 Advance.] "She will increase the knowledge-base and service orientation of our Office of Sponsored Programs. I'm delighted to have her as director of OSP."

Welt, who will report to Greger, says she hopes to work closely with UConn faculty. "We're here to serve the needs of the faculty and help them find external support," she says. "We'll take a service-oriented approach."

The Office for Sponsored Programs offers guidance in developing grant proposals and budgets, oversees contracts and agreements for research projects, and handles post-award services.

From April 1990 to June 1994, Welt was at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where, in the medical school, she was associate dean for research and sponsored

programs, associate professor in the neurosciences department, and assistant dean for research and sponsored programs.

Welt was a senior scientist in the biomedical sciences research unit at the Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she did research in neurophysiology from 1981 to1990. She took a two-year leave from her university duties to work at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., as program director in the Division of Behavioral and Neural Sciences. She also served on several advisory committees for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Welt is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Council of University Research Administrators, and the International Society of Research Administrators.

Welt earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brooklyn College and her master's and doctoral degrees, also in anthropology, from the University of Chicago.

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