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Monday, January 14, 2019
2019 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.  

Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. The event will be held on March 25-27, 2019 (*Please note that the dates for the program have changed from March 18-20 to March 25-27). Domestic travel and hotel expenses are paid for the winners.

  • Policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding, and how to engage with policymakers and the news media.

  • Meetings with lawmakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.

  • A one-year AIBS membership, including a subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of "Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media."

The 2019 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior recipients, including Honorable Mentions, are not eligible for the award.

NOTE: Dates for the 2019 Congressional Visits Day have changed from March 18-20 to March 25-27, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The deadline to apply for the award is January 14, 2019.
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Washington DC
Held March 25-27
Apply by January 14
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