Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Laura Rosales

An Outstanding Islander

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Grabbing Cash

Acquiring funds to enhance the graduate student experience at the Island University is what matters most to Dr. Laura Rosales. After completing her Ed.D. in Education Leadership at the University in 2008, Rosales was determined to write her first grant. A year later, she scored a five-year $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title V-PPOHA - Promoting Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans, which she oversees. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only 22 schools in the nation to win the award. The director of Title V Graduate Programs/Elite Graduate Program is penning several grants with Sandra Kureska to supplement the program with post-doctoral fellowships, find more opportunities for grad students and increase retention. Rosales has created and taught a doctoral-level grant writing class as an elective course. This fall, she will teach a grant-writing seminar through the Center for Faculty Excellence. The former director of Research and Scholarly Activity earned a  Bachelor of Business in Accounting in 1989 and a Master of Business Administration in 1991 from the University. Two years later, she took her first University job as an accountant in Fiscal Affairs and has worked in several positions including senior grants and contract administrator. Rosales is the recipient of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Alumni Association’s 2009 Young Alumni Award. She is a certified research administrator and serves on the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 2010 Scholarship Review Committee. Also, she mentors a fifth grader at Smith Elementary School, where she has begun work on a grant for after school programming in collaboration with Title V-Graduate Programs and the College of Education.

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