CANCELED: Advocating for Research: How to Inform and Persuade Federal Policymakers


Apr. 9, 2020, 5pm to 6:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Gather 1 & 2


It is clear that research conducted at universities plays an important role in shaping federal policy. However, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may not know how to be an advocate for research, how to engage with policymakers, or have a strong understanding of the federal policy-making process. To ensure that policy-makers are creating policy grounded in research, it is important for scholars to cultivate skills that empower them as research advocates.  

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Understand the federal policy-making process, including the structure and organization of congress and the federal budget and appropriations processes 

  • Discuss tools for how to effectively communicate your research to federal policymakers 

  • Learn about best practices for engaging in dialogue with federal policymakers

Please note: The first 30 minutes will be a panel led by Dr. Jason Wasden, followed by an hour panel with federal policymakers.


Professional Development Academy Program: GCCC, GCRC, Post-Graduate Career Pathways Program

Professional Development Academy Pillars: Career Prep, Research, Communication

Learning Experience: Workshop & Panel

Time Commitment: < 2 hours

Lifecycle Stage: Mid- & Late-Masters; Mid- & Late-Doctoral


  • Dr. Jason Wasden, Executive Director of Government Affairs, UNLV
  • Panelists forthcoming 

Admission Information

This workshop is open to UNLV graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

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Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

UNLV Graduate College