Research Communications Academy

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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.

2021 Research Communications Academy

UNH’s 2021 Research Communications Academy will be all virtual via Zoom. Sessions are free and open to all, although participation in mock interviews with news media (Jan. 13) and practice pitches to policymakers (Feb. 15) will require a brief application to facilitate planning and manage limited space.

Launched in 2019, the RCA is hosted annually by the Research Office, NH EPSCoR and the UNH Graduate School.

The 2021 RCA includes:

Communicating with News Media

Wednesday, January 13, 1:00pm

Hear from a panel of news media experts, including reporters and UNH media relations specialists, on how to make any news interview a positive experience in communicating your scholarship.

Register here.

2:15 – 3:30pm: On-camera interview training

Practice being interviewed by a reporter by doing mock interview with experts from UNH Media Relations. Space is very limited so participants must submit a brief application (details to come). Those who are chosen to participate will work with an RCA mentor to hone their message and delivery prior to the training. Apply here.

If you have questions about this session, contact Beth Potier.

Communicating with Policy Makers

Monday, February 15, 2:30-3:30pm

Engaging with those who make policy can be a rewarding way to extend the impact of your scholarship. Join elected officials, staff and government advocates to learn about the political process at the local, state and federal level and better understand the types of information that is important to elected leaders as they make decisions on public policy.

3:30pm Practice Pitches

Develop a public policy "ask" and role-play a meeting with a public official to practice attempting to advance a policy priority. Space is limited; application link to come.

Communicating Visually: Making Your Posters and PowerPoints Pop

Tuesday, March 9, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Almost anyone who’s wandered the poster hall at an academic conference or squinted at complex figures in a presentation has thought it: There has to be a better way. This session will draw on expertise in graphic design and visual perception for tips on how to better communicate your scholarship through presentations and research posters.

Proposal Development Life Cycle

Tuesday, April 6, 12:40 – 2:00pm

In this panel, UNH’s Research and Large Center Development team will give an overview of their services and how scholars can use them to create effective grant proposals. Joined by a proposal-savvy UNH researcher, they’ll address

  • How to find federal and foundation funders
  • The components of an effective proposal
  • When to access different UNH resources
  • How to find collaborators using Dimensions
Social Media

Thursday, April 15, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Hear from your colleagues about how to use social media to communicate scholarship, connect with collaborators, create a personal learning network and increase the impact of your work. Panel will include faculty members and graduate students who are active on social media.

 

“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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Past Research Communications Academy Participants

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