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June 5, 2024
Episode 7: Elevating Undergraduate Student Research At Miami University (OH)

Elevating Undergraduate Student Research At Miami University (OH)

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About the Episode

About the Episode: Join us on Breaking Silos as we explore Miami University's standout approach to undergraduate research. This episode features Nate Jorgensen,  senior director of marketing, and Joyce Fernandes, professor of biology and director of undergraduate research, discussing how they have partnered to elevate student research through strategic marketing and comprehensive workshops. They'll share how their collaboration helps communicate complex research effectively, enhances student skills, and integrates prospective students into unique campus experiences. Discover how interdisciplinary teamwork at Miami University is transforming the academic and research landscape, preparing students to make impactful contributions

Learn more about undergraduate research in this piece from Inside Higher Ed.

About the Show:  We hear it every day across campuses: “We need to be working more collaboratively.” The higher education industry is notoriously siloed, with colleagues struggling to connect, duplicating services or having disjointed messaging.

Breaking Silos aims to showcase the remarkable work of marketing professionals and their non-marketing colleagues from different departments across campus, who come together to achieve common goals, implement new initiatives, enhance the student experience, and foster better collaboration among teams.

Each episode features a marketer and their non-marketing colleague to talk about their partnership. This unique format will inspire marketers to try new things and connect with colleagues in new ways, while also allowing non-marketing professionals an inside look at some of the most collaborative projects in higher education marketing.

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Shane Baglini

About The Enrollify Podcast Network: Breaking Silos is a part of the Enrollify Podcast Network. If you like this podcast, chances are you’ll like other Enrollify shows too!  

Some of our favorites include Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook and The Application with Allison Turcio.

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Connect with Us at the Engage Summit: Exciting news —  Maya will be at the 2024 Engage Summit in Raleigh, NC, on June 25 and 26, and we’d love to meet you there! Sessions will focus on cutting-edge AI applications that are reshaping student outreach, enhancing staff productivity, and offering deep insights into ROI.

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People in this episode


Shane Baglini is the Senior Director of Marketing at Muhlenberg College and the host of Breaking Silos.


Nate Jorgensen

Nate Jorgensen is the Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Communication at Miami University in Ohio. In this role he leads the integration of the academic divisions into the central marketing and communication team with a focus on recruitment marketing and storytelling through podcasts and other mediums. Prior to Miami, Nate served for five years as the Director of Marketing for the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He has 20 years of marketing and communications experience with 15 years in higher education.

Joyce J Fernandes

Joyce J Fernandes is Professor of Biology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she has been teaching and conducting research there since 1999. Dr Fernandes teaches courses in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Neurobiology. Her research focuses on the reorganization of motor systems in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation as well as the National Institutes of Health. Since Fall 2017, Dr Fernandes has served in an additional role as Director of Undergraduate Research at Miami University. She oversees an institutional First Year Research Experience program [FYRE] which she helped to develop. Dr Fernandes is a passionate advocate for undergraduate research and is involved in collaboratively engaging partners across the institution to raise the profile of undergraduate research at the institution and beyond. Email:

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