Rebecca M. Peterson

Director of Development and Foundation Relations
Primary office:
Second office:
Watson Library, 4th Floor

Reporting to the provost, Becca provides continuity and leadership to build and coordinate foundation grant applications by working with multiple partners, donors (private, corporate, and non-profit), and grant agencies. In this role, she represents the University by showcasing KU’s strengths in research and scholarship to appropriate foundations and diverse constituencies that include the Kansas Legislature, industry associations, and the general public, as well as working effectively within the University’s system with faculty and administrators.

Becca also works closely with the provost’s team to analyze AAU Metrics and recognize faculty excellence in collaboration with the deans, center directors, the Office of Research, and the RI at KUMC.  She is currently partnering with the Vice Provost of Faculty Development Chris Brown to implement a strategic nomination and selection process for faculty awards including, but not limited to, AAAS fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowships, and other distinguished young investigator award programs (e.g., AAUW, Beckman, Cottrell, Packard, Pew, Searle, Sloan, etc.). Specifically, Becca works collaboratively with faculty, their mentors, and departmental chairs to connect them with foundations, campus resources, and external instruments that will diversify their research/scholarly portfolios; she also creates individual timelines tailored to assistant/associate professors to ensure they are applying for awards and grants during their own unique eligibility windows.

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