Science policy workshop sponsored by AAAS - an opportunity for Vanderbilt PhD students

Kim Petrie
February 10, 2016

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is hosting a workshop in Washington D.C. for students in STEM disciplines to learn about science policy and interact with federal policy makers.  The workshop, Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE), is April 17-20, 2016

Vanderbilt will select two VU graduate students to attend. AAAS encourages sponsoring institutions to select students with limited knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.   

The workshop registration fee was paid by the VU Office of Federal Relations. Graduate students who are selected to attend will have their travel expenses paid by an **ASPIRE travel scholarship from the BRET Office of Career Development (for students admitted thru IGP/QCB/IMSD), or the Graduate School (for students admitted directly). The requirements to qualify for an ASPIRE travel scholarship are below.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please send the following documents to by Wednesday, February 17 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 and your career interests. 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? How will this experience enhance your career development?


** Requirements for ASPIRE travel scholarship:

  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. Passed your qualifying exam before February 17, 2016.
  3. US citizen or permanent resident (the ASPIRE program is funded by an NIH grant which does not allow travel awards for visa holders)
  4. Interested in a career relating to science policy or advocacy.