OVPR interacts efficiently with faculty for professional development support (i.e. grants) and public outreach. However, there is little institutional support for graduate students in respect to these initiatives and grant support is mostly supported at the collegiate or department level. Furthermore, it is now, more than ever, important for researchers to be able to communicate with the public; and this initiative could help serve as public outreach on behalf of the university to help demonstrate the impact of graduate education on the State and beyond. Additionally, graduate student outreach fellowships could provide a funding mechanism for students while increasing public outreach.
Referred to Graduate College Dean and Vice President Research & Economic Development.