UAHS Research Administrator Lauren Zajac Named ‘Research Champion’ in Tucson Local Media’s Women of Influence Awards

Tucson Local Media will honor UA Health Sciences research director Lauren Zajac with the “Research Champion” award during its Women of Influence Awards ceremony March 22.

Lauren Zajac, executive director for research administration at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been named “Research Champion” for the Tucson Local Media/Inside Tucson Business Women of Influence Awards.

Zajac was nominated and is the sole finalist for the Research Champion Award. She will be presented the award during the Women of Influence awards ceremony March 22 at Casino del Sol Resort, 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson. 

Zajac joined the University of Arizona Health Sciences in May 2014 and is a certified research administrator who works to develop highly impactful and sustainable administration research services, tools and strategies consistent with the UAHS-sponsored research goals outlined in the UA's Never Settle strategic plan.

Prior to joining the UA, she held several positions at the University of Chicago, including executive director, pre-and post-award management, in the Department of Medicine; director of sponsored programs; senior manager of contracts; and grants and contracts manager in University Research Administration. She also was research administrator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Northwestern University. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administration and has served as study section member for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Tucson Local Media owns the following publications: Explorer, Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and Inside Tucson Business. The award winners will be featured in the April edition of Inside Tucson Business. The publications will honor more than 40 women at the ceremony. More details on the award ceremony can be found here.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

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