Apply now for AAAS-CASE workshop about science policy: Deadline extended!

Kim Petrie
February 17, 2017
Posted 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 2 graduate students to attend. 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

April 2-5, 2017 in Washington DC

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Apply at:

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 form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.

Vanderbilt University will select 2 graduate students to attend who have limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.. The registration fee has been paid by the VU Office of Federal Relations. Travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Graduate School (BRET-affiliated PhD students may be funded by an ASPIRE travel scholarship through the BRET Office; must be post-qualifying exam and training grant eligible to qualify for ASPIRE funding).

To apply for this opportunity, upload the following documents by Monday, February 20 at 5 p.m.:

  • 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.

For questions, please contact:
Ruth Schemmer, Asst Dean for Career Development
Vanderbilt Graduate School

For BRET-specific questions:
Kate Stuart, Program Manager
BRET Office of Career Development, Vanderbilt University