Research Communications Academy


The Research Communications Academy (RCA) trains faculty members, graduate students, and research-related staff to effectively communicate the power and impact of UNH scholarship with a broad audience.

Launched in 2019, the RCA is hosted annually by the Research Office, NH EPSCoR and the UNH Graduate School. Participation in the RCA is free, but space is limited.

The RCA is no longer accepting applications for spring 2020.

The 2020 RCA includes:

  • Intensive two-day training in communicating research presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science: Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10, 2020 (MUB Room 330)
  • Media panel and training: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1 - 2:30pm, 307 Horton Hall
    • “I’d like to interview you about your research for a news story.” Most of us dream of such an opportunity to share our work through the media, but for some the thought can be a nightmare. Come hear from a panel of news media experts including Kim Haas of the Union Leader, UNH media relations specialists and a faculty member experienced in news interviews (Marine School assistant research professor Jennifer Dijkstra) on how to make any news interview a positive experience in communicating your scholarship. Learn what to expect, what to do -- and what not to do – when a reporter calls and hear stories from the panelists’ personal media experiences.
    • Open to all. Please RSVP:
    • Questions, please contact Beth Potier ( or 603-862-1566)
  • Proposal development training led by AtKisson Training Group: Friday, March 6, 2020, MUB Room 330
    • Open to all. RSVP here.
  • PowerPlay Mentorship Workshop and Bias Intervention Lab: March 12, 2020, 1:30-4, MUB Room 330
    • Open to all. RSVP here.
  • Additional informal gatherings and practice sessions
  • Access to and support for opportunities to communicate with diverse stakeholders including legislators, news media, industry partners and others

Participation is competitive and based on a review of application materials by a team of faculty and staff.

Contact Justine Stadler for more information.


2019 Research Communications Academy Participants
Jenn Andrews Staff Sustainability Institute
Mark Anthony Graduate student NRESS

Bradley Barr

Affiliate professor Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM)

Sydney Birch

Graduate student Molecular evolutionary systems biology

Jessica Briggs

Graduate student Biology

Sarah Boege

Policy analyst Institute on Disability

Sophia Burke

Graduate student NRESS and Earth sciences

Megan Carney

Staff Sustainability Institute

Simone Chapman

Graduate student Natural resources and the environment

Marcy Doyle

Project director Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Katharine Duderstadt

Research scientist Earth Systems Research Center

Lisa Fernandes

Staff Sustainability Institute

Colleen Flaherty

Staff Sustainability Institute

Thomas Gruen

Professor Marketing

Anne Hartwell

Graduate student Earth sciences and CCOM

Sarah Jakositz

Graduate student Civil and environmental engineering

Jennifer Johnson

Graduate student Earth sciences and CCOM

Jin Lee

Graduate student English

Dovev Levine

Assistant dean Graduate School

Marta Lima

Assistant professor Agriculture, nutrition and food systems

Amy Keesee

Associate professor Physics and astronomy

Sanchari Kundu

Graduate student Biology

Melissa Melendez

Graduate student Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL)

Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan

Graduate student Education

Jessie Morell

Principal lecturer Agriculture, nutrition and food systems

Bryan Mascio

Postdoctoral research associate Education

Laura Nickerson

Director STEM Teachers’ Collaborative

Sanjib Paul

Postdoctoral research associate Chemical engineering
Clarice Perryman Graduate student NRESS

Andrew Robison

Graduate student NRESS

Edward Song

Assistant professor Electrical and computer engineering


“I recommend the Research Communications Academy to any researcher — in any field. If we want our research to make a difference, then we need to constantly improve our ability to advocate for it.”

Bryan Mascio

Postdoctoral researcher, education

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