Overview

THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED.

A coalition of scientific societies and organizations has created an exciting opportunity for graduate and upper-class undergraduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy.  

Elected students will participate in a two-and-a-half day workshop in Washington, DC, beginning on March 31, 2014.  Participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication.  In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars for both policy-making and communication.   By the end of the workshop students will have an opportunity to learn about ways to remain engaged and involved either through a relevant professional society or through on-campus activities.

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

This entry-level workshop 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 career.   Space is limited to two students per institution. Registration and travel fees will be covered by the sponsor.