Rutgers Office of Federal Relations

Rutgers Office of Federal Relations Advocating on behalf of the State University of New Jersey in Our Nations' Capitol. Rutgers' Office of Federal Relations is located just steps from our nation's Capitol in Washington, DC.

The Office of Federal Relations works with the New Jersey congressional delegation and the national associations of higher education—especially AAU and APLU— to secure support for the university's interest in financial aid, research funding, and tax and regulatory matters.

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Applications are now open for the Summer 2021 cohort of the Rutgers Advocacy Corps! This 1-credit course is a unique vir...
04/23/2021

Applications are now open for the Summer 2021 cohort of the Rutgers Advocacy Corps! This 1-credit course is a unique virtual advocacy program that provides Rutgers students with the opportunity to learn about federal policies related to higher education, meet with Members of Congress, and engage with Rutgers alumni in government and public service.

Ready to apply? Applications are due April 30 and can be found on our website: https://externalaffairs.rutgers.edu/rutgers-advocacy-corps-2021

Applications are now open for the Summer 2021 cohort of the Rutgers Advocacy Corps! This 1-credit course is a unique virtual advocacy program that provides Rutgers students with the opportunity to learn about federal policies related to higher education, meet with Members of Congress, and engage with Rutgers alumni in government and public service.

Ready to apply? Applications are due April 30 and can be found on our website: https://externalaffairs.rutgers.edu/rutgers-advocacy-corps-2021

Join experts from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rut...
12/15/2020

Join experts from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, for a virtual briefing this Thursday, December 17, at 12:00 pm. CAWP is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about women’s political participation in the United States. According to CAWP, at least 141 (105D, 36R) women will serve in the 117th Congress. Though this is a new record, women will still make up less than thirty percent of Congress in 2021.

Join CAWP experts for a discussion on how women fared in the 2020 elections, the results’ impact on the 117th Congress, and the overall state of women’s political progress. You may register for the event at the following link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvceqgqzopGN1_VTLc2U4RlMVEzL6f-C1M.

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
12/02/2020

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Join IFH Director XinQi Dong and fellow health and advocacy experts on Thursday, Dec. 3, for a virtual hill briefing on preventing and addressing elder abuse during #COVID19. Presented by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, Futures Without Violence, Elder Justice Coalition, Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer's Impact Movement.

For more info and to RSVP, visit https://go.rutgers.edu/wcctd95t.

Join Rutgers Global and Senator Bob Menendez's Foreign Relations Committee staff for a virtual discussion on the current...
11/09/2020

Join Rutgers Global and Senator Bob Menendez's Foreign Relations Committee staff for a virtual discussion on the current global forced migration crisis this Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 pm EST. The briefing will discuss a recent report released by the Senator and his staff that investigates the latest challenges that global forced migration presents to local communities, national governments, and the international system. More information and registration can be found at https://global.rutgers.edu/discussion-global-forced-migration-report.

The Office of Federal Relations is incredibly proud of our inaugural Rutgers Advocacy Corps cohort for helping us make t...
11/09/2020
Rutgers Program Trains Students in Federal Advocacy During Pandemic

The Office of Federal Relations is incredibly proud of our inaugural Rutgers Advocacy Corps cohort for helping us make the case for increased investments in federal financial aid. Thank you to Rutgers Today for sharing these stories.

All Rutgers University students who want to advocate for the federal financial aid programs that make higher education possible for themselves and their fellow students are encouraged to apply for the Spring 2021 Rutgers Advocacy Corps. The deadline is November 20. More information and the application can be found on our website. https://externalaffairs.rutgers.edu/rutgers-advocacy-corps-2021

Rutgers is open and operating. The fall semester combines a majority of remotely delivered instruction with a limited number of in-person classes. Take precautions and use the My Campus Pass app before coming to campus.

Join experts from the Princeton University​ Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) and the Rutgers ...
06/22/2020

Join experts from the Princeton University​ Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) and the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) for a virtual congressional briefing about hurricane research tomorrow, June 23rd at 10:00 am. The briefing will discuss current hurricane forecasting and modeling technologies and the impacts that COVID-19 has had on research. For webinar access, please email [email protected].

Are you a Rutgers student looking to develop professional policy and advocacy skills this summer, but are having trouble...
05/22/2020

Are you a Rutgers student looking to develop professional policy and advocacy skills this summer, but are having trouble finding an internship?

Apply for the Rutgers Advocacy Corps!

Applications are due May 29, 2020!

For more info, visit https://externalaffairs.rutgers.edu/rutgers-advocacy-corps.

Join the Maracoos - Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System experts for a virtual congressional...
04/21/2020

Join the Maracoos - Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System experts for a virtual congressional briefing about the MARACOOS High-Frequency Radar Network. The briefing will outline the importance of the network including critical missions, policies that support the network, and the impacts associated with COVID-19. For more information, email [email protected] can register for this event using this link: https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fzoom.us%2Fwebinar%2Fregister%2FWN_knkJZLhTRVSXmwebZXNTWg&data=02%7C01%7Csbooth%40oq.rutgers.edu%7C0a374fde4d5c4c28820b08d7e531ab9d%7Cb92d2b234d35447093ff69aca6632ffe%7C1%7C0%7C637229873799396431&sdata=qfhrPTTaC33a1z%2FSvzJcnA%2BW%2BWFIrn8gXZVO3vB4sh8%3D&reserved=0

We've got some bittersweet news to report this Friday. After more than six years as Rutgers University's Associate Direc...
01/10/2020
Jersey is getting a new advocate in Washington

We've got some bittersweet news to report this Friday. After more than six years as Rutgers University's Associate Director of Federal Relations, we're saying farewell to our friend, Alex Hermann. Alex's departure will be a huge loss for Rutgers Office of Federal Relations, but we're glad she's not going far (literally, one floor below our office). And we're very excited for her new role. We have no doubt she'll do an excellent job representing Governor Murphy and the people of New Jersey down here in DC. https://www.nj.com/politics/2020/01/jersey-is-getting-a-new-advocate-in-washington.html

Gov. Phil Murphy named a new director for the state's D.C. office

Such a great panel last night with friends and former interns! My students received such terrific career and life advice...
09/20/2019

Such a great panel last night with friends and former interns! My students received such terrific career and life advice from all of you. #RutgersPride #ScarletForever

This fall, Eagleton Undergraduate Associates are taking the "Internship Seminar" course, which gives students the opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and learn about possible career paths. Last night during class, Eagleton Undergraduate Associates had the opportunity to meet five Rutgers University alumni and learn about their legal careers. The course is taught by Francine Newsome Pfeiffer, vice president for federal relations at Rutgers Office of Federal Relations and Eagleton adjunct faculty.

Thank you to the alumni who participated in the "Alumni in Law" panel - Zain Ahmad (Undergraduate Associate Class of 2012), Kim Case (Fellow Class of 2007 and Undergraduate Associate Class of 2003), Jonathan E. Maddison (Undergraduate Associate Class of 2010), Jason J. Redd (Fellow Class of 2004), and Andrea Stagg (Rutgers University Class of 2006) Rutgers University Alumni Association

Learn more about the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program: eagleton.rutgers.edu/ua

Student Advocacy Day is the most important day of our year in Washington, and we have tons of #RutgersPride for this yea...
04/12/2019
Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University

Student Advocacy Day is the most important day of our year in Washington, and we have tons of #RutgersPride for this year's group of Rutgers University student advocates. Our 16 students did a tremendous job on Capitol Hill of making the case to #SaveStudentAid and strengthen the federal aid programs college students rely on. We can't thank them enough for sharing their personal stories with Congress and being such great ambassadors for the university. #RutgersExcellence

Rutgers University Today: "Rutgers Students Travel to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Financial Aid"

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Before you start your weekend, here's an #FBF to this past Sunday when our leader Francine Pfeiffer received the Associa...
01/11/2019

Before you start your weekend, here's an #FBF to this past Sunday when our leader Francine Pfeiffer received the Association of American Universities Council on Federal Relations' Ripple Effect Award for her positive and meaningful contributions to the higher education community over the past year. Well deserved, boss. 👍👏#RutgersExcellence #RutgersImpact #RutgersPride

Here's a reason for some #RutgersPride to start your week: Military Times ranks Rutgers University/Rutgers Veterans in t...
10/22/2018
Best for Vets Colleges: The best schools for military students in 2019

Here's a reason for some #RutgersPride to start your week: Military Times ranks Rutgers University/Rutgers Veterans in the Top 3 in this year's Best for Vets Colleges list. https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/news/education/2018/10/22/best-for-vets-colleges-the-best-schools-for-military-students-in-2019/

In the market for a good school where you can use your education benefits? Check out our latest rankings of the best colleges for veteran and military students.

07/18/2018
The Science Coalition

Looking forward to seeing Rutgers University Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development Chris Molloy participate in this roundtable. Starting up in a little more than an hour.

Join us and Association of American Universities as we host senior research officials from top U.S. universities for a roundtable discussion about the economic impact of #FundamentalResearch. Tune in to our page at 1pm ET.

Our own Francine Pfeiffer and Alex Hermann highlighted the work of our office and the university's key federal prioritie...
01/26/2018
First RUSA meeting of the semester focuses on how to impact federal policy | The Daily Targum

Our own Francine Pfeiffer and Alex Hermann highlighted the work of our office and the university's key federal priorities at last night's Rutgers University Student Assembly - RUSA meeting. Check out the recap from The Daily Targum. http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/01/first-rusa-meeting-of-the-semester-focuses-on-how-to-impact-federal-policy

The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) held its first weekly meeting of the semester yesterday at the Student Activities Center on College Avenue. The organization hosted two guest speakers from the Rutgers Office for Federal Relations who talked about their organization and how it promotes....

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01/26/2018

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12/04/2017
Wake Up Rutgers 12/4/2017

Great job by Ian Grubman today on Wake Up Rutgers, where he explained the important work of the Office of Federal Relations and our current DACA advocacy!

On this episode of Wake Up Rutgers, hosts Kim Peterman and Corena Gonzalez give students the latest and greatest in news, and events. Weather Watcher Manny C...

We are proud that Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has joined the Dream Coalition—a national, bipartisan group...
10/31/2017
Dream Coalition

We are proud that Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has joined the Dream Coalition—a national, bipartisan group of mayors, governors, national security and military officials, educators, and community leaders united to protect the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers studying, working and living in the U.S. As President Barchi said, “it is indisputable that extending protections for these young people is a matter of fairness and equity.” The Dream Coalition is committed to ensuring legislation protecting Dreamers passes this year. Learn more about the Coalition here: https://www.dreamcoalition.us.

"Extending protections for these young people is indisputably a matter of fairness and equity." Rutgers University Presi...
09/06/2017
Nation must honor the promise of DACA, and Bridge Act is a good start

"Extending protections for these young people is indisputably a matter of fairness and equity." Rutgers University President Robert Barchi shares his thoughts on #DACA, the #BRIDGEAct, and why we must keep our promise to protect #DREAMers. http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/daca-trump-bridge-act-20170906.html

Regardless of what one thinks about the children of undocumented individuals living in the United States, there is another issue in play here.

An important reminder from Rutgers President Robert Barchi on why federally funded basic research is an economic driver ...
04/20/2017
Association of American Universities

An important reminder from Rutgers President Robert Barchi on why federally funded basic research is an economic driver in the U.S. #Rutgers4Science

Rutgers University President and neuroscientist Robert Barchi explains how federally funded basic research drives U.S. jobs, health, and global leadership. https://goo.gl/9GrO4A

You’re invited to the annual Big Ten Alumni Reception at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, from 6 to 8 p.m. on ...
02/06/2017
2017 Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception

You’re invited to the annual Big Ten Alumni Reception at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. Join alumni and colleagues from the Big Ten schools to network and enjoy good food and good fun.
Please see the details below and register at bitly.com/BigTenAg

We lost a dear friend last year to a senseless act of violence in Bomoko, Mali. Today we honor her memory and her legacy...
11/28/2016
Rutgers Memorializes 1995 Alumna with Lecture Series Addressing Women’s Global Health | Media Relations

We lost a dear friend last year to a senseless act of violence in Bomoko, Mali. Today we honor her memory and her legacy with the establishment of a lecture series in her name at Rutgers University - the Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women's Global Health at the Institute for Women's Leadership.

So it’s a fitting tribute that the 1995 Rutgers graduate’s legacy will live on in an annual lecture series established by The Institute for Women’s Leadership that bears her name. The lectures will address a cause Datar crusaded tirelessly for – women’s global health – with the inaugural event slate...

11/22/2016
Highlights of Rutgers 250 Anniversary Year

Thanks to RU-tv Network and Rutgers iTV Studio, check out how Rutgers University celebrated its 250th anniversary over the past year. We are certainly proud to have played a part in the #Rutgers250 festivities and really appreciate the recognition of our work (4:40 mark). Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zEJ3O6uJYM

"Highlights of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary Year" chronicles the university’s yearlong birthday celebration, including performances, festive and scholarly even...

05/13/2016

Dear Members of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Community:

Closing the Book on a Historic Year

As we end this academic year and finish yet another chapter in our 250 years of history, one that includes visits by President Barack Obama and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, I want to share with you a note about our successes since we came together last August.

Our faculty was once again recognized by some of the most prestigious academies in the world. Professor Alexander “Sasha” Zamolodchikov, from the Department of Physics in SAS, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Professors Joachim Messing and Richard Ebright from the Waksman Institute were awarded membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. But research is just one component of our faculty’s mission. We take pride in their recognition, as well as the numerous other awards our faculty earned this year.

Board of Governors Professor of History Deborah Gray White and Professor Edward Ramsamy, chair of the Africana Studies Department, are exemplars of our commitment to service. Professor White has led the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History and has been a mentor to a group comprised of faculty, staff and students that is charged with examining the role that slavery played in the years following the founding of Rutgers. Professor Ramsamy, with the able help of RUSA Vice President Brianna Battle, has co-chaired the University’s Task Force on Inclusion and Community Values, which has explored more deeply the sentiment of inclusion across our campus and continued conversations about race, bias and identity. I am grateful for their efforts to meet the challenges I have posed to them and I look forward to receiving their reports.

Our students continued to amaze me with their triumphs and ambition both inside and outside the classroom. Revan Sopher, a senior double major in engineering and computer science, turned fellowships with NASA and venture capital giant KPCB into a job at Google. Maggie Morash scored a Goldwater Scholarship last year as a junior and then as a senior, she captained the women’s soccer team to a berth in the NCAA national semifinal. And I must also highlight the pluck of Daily Targum editor Dan Corey, a sophomore, who was granted a pre-commencement interview with President Obama because during a visit to the White House last month he had the guts to do what many of us wouldn’t: ask.

The President’s address at Commencement on Sunday will serve as a glittering highlight in the yearlong celebration of our 250th anniversary. While the visit of a sitting President is certainly a singular occurrence for those of us in the Rutgers community, I am proud to know that the incredible accomplishments and efforts of those graduating and of our outstanding faculty and staff are not. That is what makes me proud to call Rutgers home.

Sincerely,

Richard L. Edwards, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University¬–New Brunswick

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The Rutgers Office of Federal Relations was founded in 1994 to advocate on behalf of the university and higher education to our policy makers in Washington, D.C. This page is intended to provide Rutgers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters with up-to-date information on how Rutgers is being represented in Washington, D.C. https://twitter.com/RUFedRelations

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