CUR is working hard to explain what undergraduate research is, where it fits into federal investments in research and education and why it is important to its participants and the research enterprise to Members of Congress. As part of its ongoing efforts on Capitol Hill, CUR leadership calls upon members to engage with Congress and weigh in on federal policy issues. The people and institutions doing undergraduate research bring a critical constituent voice to the organization’s policy goals. Effective advocacy requires being informed about the issues and knowing when to act. CUR and Washington Partners, LLC, give CUR members the tools and timely updates they need to know what decisions affecting undergraduate research are before Congress and how and when they can support the organization’s policy goals.
There are established, regular advocacy efforts, including the annual Posters on the Hill events and letters regarding the yearly federal budget process, as well as other opportunities on Capitol Hill, across the federal agencies and at the White House to grow public support for undergraduate research and the students, faculty and institutions that are committed to the endeavor. More information on Posters on the Hill, examples of the budget letters to Members of Congress and comments on revisions for the Circular A-21 is available here:
CUR members are encouraged to establish and nurture relationships with their Members of Congress and their staff to advance the priorities of CUR and undergraduate research advocates. The CUR Advocacy Toolkit is a useful tool for members that has a number of useful resources for those interested in navigating the advocacy process.