Graduate students are encouraged to apply to participate in a workshop in Washington, D.C., to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students will have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress or congressional staff.
A coalition of scientific societies and organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is offering an exciting opportunity for graduate and upper-class undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) is an entry-level workshop organized to educate students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their career.
UW-Madison Graduate School will run a competitive process to select two graduate students to attend the workshop. The Graduate School will cover the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, and event registration for the selected graduate students, who will participate in the three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC, March 29 through April 1, 2020.
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. On the last day of the program, students will have the option to form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.
The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 9, 2020. Read more about the workshop and application instructions here: grad.wisc.edu/professional-development/advocacy.
*Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program (including double degrees) in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences; Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Medical and health sciences; and Social and behavioral sciences.
This post was authored by Morgan Lewis on 01/08/2020.