Program Overview:  A coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, and academic organizations has created an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. This year's workshop will take place on April 17-20, 2016.

Elected students will participate in a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC, in the spring of 2016.  During the workshop portion, participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.  In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication.  By the end of the workshop students will have an opportunity to learn about ways to remain engaged through on-campus activities.

The day after the workshop, students will form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff members, putting into practice what they have learned.   

This entry-level program is organized to educate students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, to introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers.  Space is limited to two students per institution.

Testimony from students: 


Founding Organizations:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Physics
Association of American Universities
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Colorado-Boulder