AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) opportunity 2015

Kate Stuart
February 5, 2015
In April, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is coordinating a workshop in Washington, D.C. for students in STEM disciplines to learn about science policy and interact with federal policy makers.  The workshop, entitled Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE), is April 12-15, 2015.  The tentative agenda can be found at the link provided.
The Vanderbilt Graduate School will be selecting two graduate students to attend this workshop.  AAAS encourages sponsoring institutions to select students with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.  
The workshop registration fee will be paid by the VU Office of Federal Relations and travel expenses will need to be covered by the student's PhD Program or School. Thus, students who are interested in this program will need to be nominated by their Department Chair or Dean. Qualifying** PhD students in the basic biomedical sciences may also be nominated by the BRET Office of Career Development. (**See below for details on qualifying for nomination by the BRET Office of Career Development).
If you are interested in being nominated by the BRET Office of Career Development for this opportunity, and you meet the qualifications spelled out below, please send the following documents to Kate Stuart ( by Thursday, February 19 at 5 p.m.:
1.      Your current CV highlighting significant leadership, experience, and service/outreach activities, as well as academic/research experience.
2.      A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the role of science in policy-making and advocacy (single-spaced, size 11/12 font, 1” margins). Please open your statement with, "Dear Search Committee," and complete it as you would a formal letter. Your cover letter should 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?
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.
If you have any questions, please let Kate Stuart ( know.
** The BRET Office of Career Development will nominate any student who qualifies for an ASPIRE externship travel award. To qualify for an ASPIRE externship travel award, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
  1. Admitted to graduate school through the IGP, IMSD, or QCB program and currently enrolled in one of the following departments or PhD programs: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cancer Biology, Cell & Development Biology, Cellular & Molecular Pathology, Chemical & Physical Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology
  2. US citizen or permanent resident (the ASPIRE program is funded by an NIH grant which cannot support travel awards for visa holders).
  3. Must not have received an ASPIRE travel award in the previous 12 months.
  4. Interested in a career relating to science policy or advocacy.
If you DO NOT qualify for an ASPIRE externship travel award, but you are interested in attending this workshop, you may still be nominated and financially sponsored by your Department or Program Chair. Please contact Kim Petrie ( for information on how to pursue this option.