Yekel receives Award for Administrative Excellence

March 19, 2009

Candice A. Yekel, director of the Office for Research Protections in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, has been honored with the 2009 Award for Administrative Excellence.

The award, established in 1970, is given to a faculty or staff member whose performance methods and achievements exemplify the highest standards of administrative excellence.

Yekel, who earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in psychology and developmental psychology from Penn State, joined the University staff in 1994 as compliance coordinator for the Office of Regulatory Compliance, and was named to her current position in 1997.

In that role, she is responsible for establishing procedures to ensure that all University campuses comply with governmental policies and regulations for the use of human subjects in research and instruction, care of laboratory animals, and use of radioactive isotopes and biohazardous agents in the laboratory or classroom.

She serves as the University’s Research Integrity Officer and Conflict of Interest Officer, and is recognized for her role in developing the University’s conflict of interest policies. "She has an incredible grasp of the meaning of conflict of interest," one nominator said, "and played a central part in clarifying the issues for our current policies."

"Ms. Yekel," another wrote, "exudes a quiet authority, compassionate and precise. She is a consummate advocate of the University and its enormous responsibility in the research enterprise."

Last Updated March 19, 2009