RPN Working Groups

The Research Professionals Network (RPN) strives to offer new resources, tools, events, and guidance for Research Professionals (RPs) at BMC and BU Medical Campus. Our RPs have lots of great ideas and unique perspectives, and we can all benefit from working together.  Taking part in the RPN Working Groups is a great way to get involved and meet other people and also bring your perspective, creativity and energy to something that will help all our RPs. If you would like to contribute to the process we would love to have you! 

New initiatives are discussed and prioritized by the RPN Leadership Committee. If a new initiative is supported by the Leadership Committee, a Working Group will be formed to make it happen. RPN Working Groups can include any member of the RPN.  

Our current Working Groups are detailed below.  This list will be updated as projects are completed so check back often!  

How to get involved!
If you have an interest in joining any of the working groups send an email to crro@bu.edu and include “RPN Working Group” in the subject line.  Someone from the CRRO will reach out to you after checking in with the Working Group(s) of interest to see if the group is at capacity or if there is space for additional member contributions.   

If you have an idea for a new initiative for a possible Working Group to take on we want to hear about that too!  Please email per above and we will reach out to you to discuss further.

Current RPN Working Groups
Annual RPN Survey

  • Updates to and oversight of the Annual RPN survey.Onboarding Checklist:
  • Provide needed updates (and align with the Research Reference Guide where needed). 

Annual RPN Luncheon

  • Plan next luncheon/awards event, including recognition awards

Join the RPN Process and Survey

  • Update process for research professionals joining the RPN.
  • Marketing/Outreach
  • Develop plan for ongoing outreach and materials (i.e. email communications) for new RPN members, current members, and those who are not yet RPN members.

Research Coordinator satisfaction/needs assessment survey

  • Work on developing satisfaction/needs assessment survey for research professionals

Research Reference Guide

  • Provide needed updates (and align with the Onboarding Checklist where needed).

RPN Networking events and planning

  • Propose, plan and help to implement networking opportunities for RPN members (virtual/ in-person, etc.).  Examples include “brown bag” luncheons on important topics, “listening sessions” to understand challenges of the RPN workforce, etc.

To stay updated on RPN events and information, we recommend signing up for our email list!
For more information or questions, please contact us at crro@bu.edu