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2018 Staff Excellence Award - Creativity - Brandi Lambert

Lambert helped the School of Natural Sciences get a “GRIP” on how it handles graduate student data and ended up improving a key process. Brandi designed and created the school’s Graduate Reporting and Information Platform (GRIP), which centralizes data for graduate student recruiting and admissions, funding and employment, and general student information.

During the last academic year, Lambert created a section in GRIP that manages annual committee meetings, preliminary exams and advancement to candidacy, and created an automated process for offer letters to admitted graduate students. These examples represent only a few of GRIP’s applications, and since its implementation, the improved work flow and made certain tasks much more efficient. GRIP has been so successful that it will be implemented campuswide.

“Her creativity drove this project,” said the person who endorsed Lambert’s nomination. “I don’t think we can stress enough the value this system will have in supporting the entire campus. Brandi single handedly created a system that will revolutionize graduate student processing.”

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