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Unique workshop opportunity for PhD students interested in science policy: AAAS-CASE workshop

Posted by on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Announcements .

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC, about science policy. Vanderbilt University will be selecting up to 4 graduate students to attend. The Vanderbilt Office of Federal Relations will sponsor registration, and travel expenses will be fully paid by The Graduate School or an ASPIRE travel scholarship through the BRET Office. (To qualify for ASPIRE funding, students must have passed their qualifying exams and be training grant eligible.)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

March 18-21, 2018 in Washington DC

Participants will learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and tools for effective civic engagement. In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication. The day after the workshop, students can opt to form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.

Vanderbilt University will select up to 4 graduate students to attend who have limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills. 

Apply by Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at 5:00 pm at:  You will need:

  • Current CV highlighting significant leadership, experience, and service/outreach activities, as well as academic/research experience.
  • 1-page cover letter (single-spaced, size 11/12 font, 1" margins) describing your interest in the role of science in policy-making and advocacy, and your career interests. Please address the following questions: Why are you interested in the AAAS CASE program? What experiences have shaped your interest in science and public policy? What do you hope to gain from this experience, and how will it enhance your career development?

Please note, although a letter of recommendation is not required to apply, your advisor will be contacted to provide a reference for you if you are selected as a finalist for this opportunity.

Questions about the program or Vanderbilt's selection process may be directed to Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development at Vanderbilt School of Medicine (BRET affiliated students) or Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean for Career Development in the Graduate School.


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