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Because of federal lobbying laws, all official KU requests for meetings with the Kansas congressional delegation must be coordinated with Government Relations. Please contact Jack Cline at 202-434-4790 prior to requesting a meeting with Kansas members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate.

At the state level, Lindsey Douglas, director of state relations, can assist you with official interactions with state policymakers.

Communication Tips

  • Try to keep letters and emails to one page.
  • Personal stories are always compelling, so if you have one that helps illustrate your point, share it with your audience.
  • An email with a PDF attachment is the quickest way to get your message seen by members of U.S. Congress. Please share this with Jack Cline prior to sending it to Washington.

If you’re meeting with policymakers in person:

  • Before you go in, think of a sentence or two to sum up your position. It’s a good way to get the ball rolling.
  • Explain an issue in everyday language. Don’t feel like you need to use technical jargon or abbreviations to impress your audience.
  • Be sure to talk about how your ideas will benefit KU, the state of Kansas, or the country as a whole.

Questions?
Jaclyn Carpenter, a junior studying American Studies, took a moment after finishing her finals to wander around Marvin Grove — know the feeling? But Jaclyn told us her semester was a good one. Her favorite class this year? Jewish American Literature, "because professor Cheryl Lester really knows how to engage with her classes." This made us want to know: What was your favorite class and why? Jaclyn added some advice: “You're only on this campus for four years, so take any free time you have to explore all the unique wonders it has." We love that idea, Jaclyn. #exploreKU

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Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”


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Millions in grants and contracts for research
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Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
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Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students