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Congratulations to 2018 McBride Prize Winner Sarah Koerber

April 25, 2018

The University of Idaho Office of Research and Economic Development congratulates longtime team member Sarah Koerber, senior proposal development specialist and U of I's 2018 McBride Prize recipient. The prize is given to a non-faculty exempt employee who — like retired staff member Larry McBride — has given longtime, distinguished service and displayed a variety of attributes, including imagination, creativity, a can-do attitude, loyalty, dedication, supportiveness, enthusiasm, dependability and friendliness. This person offers the highest performance standards for himself or herself, as well as others.

"Sarah is a model for us all in these areas," said Janet Nelson, vice president for Research and Economic Development. "The award is well-deserved."

Koerber, who is retiring this month, was an integral contributor who worked side by side with proposal teams and individual faculty members to craft the best possible submissions for external sponsors. She reviewed, edited, revised and developed content for hundreds of proposals, leading to more than $120 million in sponsored awards for the university.

Koerber's award was presented at the U of I Staff Awards ceremony Tuesday, April 24, in the International Ballroom in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.

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