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The AAAS CASE workshop is back in 2023 and Vanderbilt will sponsor 4 grad students to attend

Posted by on Friday, January 27, 2023 in Announcements .

Vanderbilt University will be selecting and sponsoring up to four graduate students to attend the 2023 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington, D.C., from March 26-29, 2023. Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the CASE workshop is an opportunity for students in STEM and social science disciplines to learn about science policy and to interact with federal policy makers.

During the workshop, 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. The day after the workshop, students will have the option to conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress, accompanied by staff from the Vanderbilt Office of Federal Relations.

The registration fee has been paid by the VU Office of Federal Relations. Airfare and hotel accommodation costs will be paid by the Graduate Leadership Institute or The Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) ASPIRE program.


We are seeking STEM graduate students with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills. Students who attended the 2022 VU STEM Policy in DC trip are not eligible for this opportunity.

PhD students in the biomedical and life sciences who are in School of Medicine-affiliated programs or departments, including all students admitted through the IGP, QCB, or MSTP, must be post-qualifying exam at the time of application.

Application Information

Applications are due by Friday, February 10, 2023, at 5:00 pm.

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You will need to upload the following documents:

  1. Current CV highlighting significant leadership, experience, and service/outreach activities, as well as academic/ research experience.
  2. 1-page cover letter (single-spaced, size 11/12 font, 1″ margins) describing why you are interested in the AAAS CASE workshop and how will this opportunity will enhance your career and professional 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.