DeAndra Beck is the Associate Dean for Research at Michigan State University, International Studies and Programs. Dr. Beck serves on the CRDF Global Advisory Council and as a member of a National Academy of Sciences committee convened to consider the future of science, technology, and innovation at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is also an elected member of APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives. Formerly a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering, she worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development to bridge the interests of science and development, initiating the design and implementation of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck was the acting Managing Director for Environment and Social Assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Assistant Director for Policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.