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Welcome to UNH Engagement and Academic Outreach. We are New Hampshire's land, sea, and space grant research University.  We hope this web site provides you with a pathway to explore the many ways in which our faculty, extension educators, staff, and students impact your daily lives through outreach, discovery, and engaged scholarship. Engagement and Academic Outreach enhances the quality of life for citizens across New Hampshire, the New England region, and the world.

At UNH, engagement is defined as:

“a mutually beneficial collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and community and external partners for the purpose of generating and applying relevant knowledge to directly benefit the public.”

Ruth Varner was recently awarded the UNH’s Faculty Excellence award for the 2016 Outstanding Associate Professor.
UNH Prevention Innovations Research Center video presentation as finalist for national community engagement award

With the help of the UNH Leitzel Center and support by the National Science Foundation, faculty and graduate students collaborate with middle school teachers to help their students experience the excitement of real-world, inquiry-based learning about our climate.

The SPIRALS (Supporting and Promoting Indigenous and Rural Adolescents’ Learning of Science) program used a highly contextualized learning model that engaged rural and indigenous students, grades 4-8, in investigations about their local sustainable practices. This program was designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and skills with sustainability, systems thinking and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science practices.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension collaborates with the state’s fishing industry to support sustainable, local food. UNH’s work with the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative is a mutually beneficial collaboration between faculty and New Hampshire’s fishermen and businesses that has a positive impact on consumers.