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The mission of the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) office is to provide tactical research support to faculty and staff to achieve the research and education funding priorities of the College. 



Learn more about the services SRI provides by exploring the links below. 



Dan Bost


In 2001, Dan earned his Ph.D. in environmental microbiology studying the community dynamics of crude oil-degrading microorganisms. Following a postdoctoral research position at Rutgers University, he moved to Austin with his wife to become the branch manager for biological and chemical threat testing at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He next spent several years with Luminex Corporation, overseeing their extramural research program to seed the product development pipeline. Taken together, Dan has over a decade of pre-award grants experience with numerous federal sponsors.


Anise HawkinsANISE HAWKINS, BA, CRA |  PROGRAM Administrator - Research administration

Anise is a research administration professional focused on developing resources, best practices, and procedures to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of research administration. With more than 15 years experience spanning the spectrum of research administration, Anise has supported research through proposal development, review, and submission; contract negotiation; post-award management; intellectual property management; best practice development; and mentorship. Anise co-founded UT-Austin's Association of Research Administrators (ARA) and served as Chair of the Resource and Professional Development Committee from January 2017 - August 2018 and a member of the Administration Committee from September 2018 to present. Anise is a member of Society of Research Administrators International and National Council of University Research Administrators.


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Angel Syrett, ph.d. | special projects Leader

Angel Syrett completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UT-Austin. Since graduation, she has worked within the College of Natural Sciences primarily as a Grant Writer, Research Manager and Workshop leader, assisting the College's researchers in crafting and submitting high-quality research proposals. She leads ongoing NIH NRSA fellowship workshops and an annual NSF fellowship workshop for researchers in training. Angel has had the unique opportunity to contribute to our community as a scientific illustrator, creating figures, illustrations and cover-art designs for scientific journals, proposals and presentations.