Research and Engagement

Our faculty are experts in their fields of study and are sought out for their insights and research findings. We engage with the world around us to address the communicative challenges that abound. Students have the honor and privilege of working alongside faculty mentors to gain research skills. 


As one of the nation’s top land-grant research universities, NC State University brings together great minds to engage students and faculty in addressing the grand challenges we face. The Department of Communication is integral to the university’s mission. We take on social, environmental, political, local and global issues. We share our findings through textbooks, journal articles, and in the public arena. Our faculty and students travel the world to share their findings that  affect us all.

We seek grants and other funding that allows for graduate students to become paid research assistants on national and/or global projects. 

Read about some of our research below. For more information on specific faculty research, see the Faculty and Staff page and select a faculty member’s name.

See Our Research in Action

Public Communication of Science and Technology Project (PCOST)

Dr. David M. Berube directs the PCOST project, developed to improve public communication in science and technology, including emerging and converging technologies such as nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, neurotechnology, 
geo-engineering and synthetic biology. Since 2008, PCOST has broadened its purview to include public health, safe drinking water, pests, natural disasters, climate change and human and environmental hazards and risks. 

PCOST Project Website


Dr. Berube — and the work of PCOST — is headquartered in the state-of-the art James B. Hunt, Jr., Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Engaged With the Community

Undergraduate Speaker Series

Lectures, panel discussions, and myriad opportunities to engage. Our undergraduate speaker series is open to the public and highlights our faculty's expertise and our students' excellence. This is a great time to re-engage with our outstanding alumni. 

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Our faculty and students conduct research that matters to the everyday lives of the people of North Carolina and beyond. We engage with the wider community to share what we’re learning, and to learn from each other.

Opportunities to engage occur on campus, around town, and across the world:

  • Our undergraduate speaker series – formerly known as Com Week – brings students, alumni, community experts and faculty together for discussions around common themes.
  • Our summer Com Camp engages teens in learning about the fields of broadcasting and television production. 
  • Beyond our nation’s borders, we’re engaging with partners across the globe as we study and share communication strategies about AIDS awareness and prevention in Africa. We’re also building partnerships with universities like Makerere in East Africa, collaborating on interdisciplinary research and service learning.