KU State Relations

As Kansas' flagship university, the University of Kansas has a special responsibility to the people, communities and economy of the state. It awards more than 6,000 degrees each year, providing businesses and communities with educated workers. It also commercializes discoveries, creating jobs and businesses through its research. And it provides services that improve the health and well-being of Kansans.

State Relations communicates regularly with legislators and other state officials, answering questions and providing information on issues. It also provides policymakers with insights into how specific bills and policies affect the university.

State Relations also represents students, faculty, alumni and the Jayhawk community in the Statehouse, and strives to ensure they are informed about bills and policies of interest to them.

At this page you can learn more about KU's state agenda, how the university is funded, policymakers who are KU graduates and generally stay informed about issues of interest to Jayhawks. You can also find out how to join Jayhawks for Higher Education, a group of alumni and friends who advocate on behalf of the university.


"Hot diggety dog!" These were the words of KU alumnus Ronald Evans as he became the first Jayhawk in space. Evans served as the command module pilot of Apollo 17 in 1972, which was NASA's last mission to the Moon. Tags: KU Aerospace Engineering #KUtbt #KUleaders NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Inside KU: Protein research, biodiesel fuel, and KU's Bioscience & Technology Business Center "Inside KU" takes a look at how the expanded Bioscience & Technology Business Center (http://bit.ly/1zzPvrw) brings a number of beneficial services to small start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Also: A KU startup at the BTBC, KanPro, is producing proteins for research in medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences (See http://bit.ly/1DSY3s9). KU Innovation and Collaboration focuses on turning the university’s research into industry (See http://bit.ly/ZTOKZF). The "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" grows algae to provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel (See http://bit.ly/1oPRovz). Undergraduate Research Awards allow students to explore their fields deeper (See http://bit.ly/KUcugr). **The Time Warner Cable Sports Network's "Inside KU" is hosted by Jeannie Hodes.**


Internationally recognized programs
Millions in grants and contracts for research
Generous financial support for students
Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
Birthplace and home of Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
A thriving field program that sends undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world
Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students