School of Medicine research administration announces staff changes

Courtney Drerup

Courtney Drerup has joined the School of Medicine as the grants support specialist in the Office of Research Administration. She replaces Patricia Weary, who retired in May.

Drerup will help coordinate the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit for School of Medicine students. She will also maintain research records for students’ and residents’ projects, provide grant support assistance for managing award expenditures, and provide monthly financial reports.

A graduate of Columbia College, Drerup has experience in the travel industry and has also worked in South Korea.

The research office also welcomes Laurie Ray as its new work-study student. Ray is currently enrolled in the UMKC School of Biological Sciences. She takes the place of former work-study student, Jessica Olson, who graduated from the School of Nursing and Health Studies last May and is now a graduate nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Ray will provide administrative support, help maintain the School of Medicine Central Lab and equipment and also prepare dry ice for laboratory shipments.