Event this week seeks to connect those doing engaged research


An Intersections in Engaged Research event Sept. 27 at Palmer Commons seeks to bring together researchers and co-investigators from all three campuses who are involved in engaged research.

The half-day event is aimed at uniting researchers and multiple internal sponsor organizations to share and leverage university resources in order to maximize the university’s public and community impact.

“Despite the wide array of faculty doing engaged research across the university, there are many who still feel isolated and disconnected from each other,” said Neeraja Aravamudan, associate director for teaching and research at the Edward Ginsberg Center.

“This event allows participants the opportunity to learn directly from researchers about the broad range of methodologies, products and impacts captured under the umbrella of ‘engaged research’ while also learning about the supports available from our various units.” 

The units hosting this event — the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, the Ginsberg Center, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, and Poverty Solutions at U-M — are committed to making engaged research accessible to more faculty and staff at the university, Aravamudan said. 

“Participants attending our event will gain practical insights and suggestions from experienced researchers about how to conduct research more effectively to maximize impact on policies or community efforts through effective data collection, analysis and dissemination strategies,” she said.

“We also hope participants will connect with other researchers doing similar or related work and learn more about how our various units can support their research.”

The event will highlight successful research projects in four core areas:

  • Research for Policy Impact
  • Research for Community and Programmatic Impact
  • Dissemination Strategies and Tools to Build Visibility and Increase Impact
  • Collecting, Interpreting, and Analyzing Data for Impact Using Mixed Methods

Intersections in Engaged Research, which is co-sponsored by Academic Innovation, Engaged Michigan and the U-M Office of Research, will feature lightning talks, opportunities for networking and breakout sessions to explore common engagement challenges and strategies to overcome them. 

Attendees will learn more about resources, funding mechanisms, training opportunities and networks that exist on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and inform how internal funders support engaged research on campus.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 12:30 p.m., with event kick-off at 1 p.m. The day will conclude shortly after 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. Advance registration is requested.


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