ARS Specialist in Texas Wins Agency Award
By Jan Suszkiw
February 9, 2005
National news release
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9
Snodgrass of College Station, Texas, was honored today by the Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) with a
Bronze Award for Excellence in Administrative and Financial Management
Support. Snodgrass is an extramural agreements specialist with ARS, the
chief scientific research agency of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
Snodgrass was one of 19 ARS employees to receive an award in this category
New scientific knowledge is produced by the researchers, but their job
is made easier because of the support of dedicated professionals at the
administrative level, said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling, who
presented the awards during a ceremony at USDA headquarters here.
Snodgrass works in the ARS
Plains Area Office in College Station. Her primary responsibility is to
negotiate, review, award, monitor and administer agreements with external
organizations to support research activities and operations at ARS laboratories
in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Panama.
In one particular case, after reviewing agreement records, Snodgrass took
action to establish a new agreement that resulted in a savings of $15,000 in
research funds for the ARS location at El Reno, Okla. In 2003 alone, she had a
hand in the processing of 83 new agreements and 179 agreement amendments. Over
the past several years, Snodgrass has played a key role in helping the
USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions
develop and monitor agreements to grant funds, such as to the
Hispanic Association of Colleges and
Snodgrass also travels across the Southern Plains Area to provide personal
training on the extramural process to scientists, secretaries and
administrative staff. In addition, she participated on a team that developed
the Complete Agreements Process, a computer-based training module
that was made available to ARS locations in May 2004.
Snodgrass, a native Texan, joined ARS in 1977. She and her husband, Jim,
live in College Station.