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Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators


The Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators (CPIRA) consists of individuals elected to represent Principal Investigators and Research Administrators from members of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi research community. The Council is committed to the continued improvement of the research environment for students, faculty, and staff. Specifically, the CPIRA and the faculty and staff it represents, endeavor to work with administration to provide an effective and efficient university organization, to achieve the goal of being nationally recognized and competitive in research, other sponsored activities and teaching.


  • Serve as a conduit between the administration and the research community.
  • Identify and provide solutions to issues affecting the research enterprise.
  • Meet regularly with administrators via an executive committee.
  • Serve on committees, task forces and advisory groups addressing issues affecting the research community.


 Dr. Sarah Scott

Dr. Sarah Scott- Chair
BH 301

Dr. Mark Besonen

 Dr. Mark Besonen- Vice Chair
HRI 215B

Ms. Erin M. Hill

Erin Hill - Coordinator
NRC 3215