Engaging Policymakers & Establishing Dialogue Around Research


Mar. 12, 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Office/Remote Location



Does scholarship impact policymakers’ decisions? We believe yes. But another important question is how does the scholarship reach policymakers in Washington, D.C. as well at the local and state government-levels? This is a complicated question with a range of opinions from both policymakers and researchers. For example, some policymakers argue that academics do not do enough to reach out to them to discuss their research and its broader impacts on society, instead preferring to remain cloistered in the academic tower. On the flip side, some academics believe that policymakers do not pay attention to their research findings. Arguments aside, it is increasingly clear that research conducted at universities plays an important role in shaping local, regional, national, and international policies.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Discuss the difficulties in engaging with policymakers about research
  • Learn about best practices for engaging in dialogue with local, state, and/or national level policymakers and government officials
  • Learn about ways to get your research out to the public (e.g., op-eds, blogs, etc.)

Professional Development Academy Program: GRC

Professional Development Academy Pillars: Research

Learning Experience: Interactive

Time Commitment: < 2 hours

Lifecycle Stage: Mid-Late Master’s, Mid-Late Doctoral


  • Congresswoman Susie Lee, Nevada's 3rd Congressional District
  • Congresswoman Dina Titus, Nevada's 1st Congressional District
  • Dr. Jason L. Wasden, Executive Director of Government Affairs
  • Dr. Rafael Oganesyan, Program Manager, Office of Undergraduate Research

Admission Information

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

Contact Information

Grad Rebel

External Sponsor

Graduate College

Office of Undergraduate Research