Learning Through Research

Ways to Foster External Relations

Ways to Foster External Relations

  1. Highlight your events celebrating undergraduate research with invitations to:
    • members of congress,
    • state legislators,
    • local leaders and the local community (e.g., city councilors; county commissioners; members of the chamber of commerce; Rotary Clubs; K-12 superintendents; and members of disciplinary societies), and
    • members of your campus community (e.g., Board of Trustees members; general counsel; representatives from the offices of external affairs, advancement/development, and public relations).
  2. Send press releases to your local media and campus community identifying undergraduate research highlights and accomplishments.
  3. Launch an event at your State House celebrating undergraduate research and invite state legislators (e.g., a "Posters on the Hill"-type event).
  4. Share undergraduate research highlights and accomplishments (including the broader impact of the research) with program officers at funding agencies.
  5. Include undergraduate research as part of your institutional narrative (e.g., by making it an integral component of your institution’s website), and include undergraduate research in your institution’s mission, vision, and strategic plans.
  6. Share your undergraduate research ideas and announcements with others through publications (e.g., Inside Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education).
  7. Promote interactions between alumni and students currently involved in undergraduate research.
  8. Establish undergraduate research collaborations with other organizations and research centers at the local, national and international level.
  9. Get involved in new faculty orientation at your institution, using CUR as a resource.
If you have additional strategies to add, please send them to the Advocacy Committee at cur@cur.org.

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