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Experience on the Hill

Many of the professional societies listed under mentoring offer one year experiences in Washington to inform firsthand the nation's science policy. Follow each link to learn about deadlines and application requirements. Here are but a few examples of more concise experiences:

AIBS Public Policy

Click here to learn more. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event is held throughout the months of August and September each year. Participating scientists either meet with their elected officials at the local district office or may invite them to visit their research facility. Participants are prepared for their meeting through an interactive webinar program and with a policymaker by AIBS Public Policy Office staff.

AIBS Public Policy Communications Bootcamp for Scientists

AIMBE Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) 2-day training is designed to educate grad students, post docs, and fellows in medical and biological engineering about the policy landscape that surrounds health and regulatory science.  Attendees learn from some of Washington's top insiders about the role of policy in shaping the scientific enterprise. Top government officials, industry representatives, and senior leaders at the FDA lead discussions on topics such as 'science, technology, healthcare and the courts' and 'the role of critical NGO stakeholders in shaping policy'. Participants engage with experts in science and health policy through keynote talks and panel presentations. They have the opportunity to network with AIMBE's FDA Scholars, as well as Fellows from the FDA.

ASBMB Hill Day

Click here to learn more. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee sponsors an annual Hill Day, during which students and postdocs from around the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their congressional representatives. Participants partake in a "Policy 101" training session before breaking into small groups for a full day of congressional meetings.

AMS Congressional Visits, Summer Colloquium

Click here to learn more about the many opportunities available through the American Meteorological Society.

Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE)

  • April 17-20, 2016, AAAS Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Participation from Societies and Universities DEADLINE: February 12, 2016

A coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, and academic organizations has created an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. The CASE program is open to universities or professional scientific or engineering societies that would like to provide an opportunity for their students to come to Washington, DC, and learn about science policy. Students who are selected by their institution to participate in the workshop will spend a few days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. 

Sponsoring institutions may send one to two students and are responsible for a $125 registration fee per student, as well as all associated travel and lodging costs. In addition, staff at sponsoring universities and professional societies are responsible for scheduling visits to Capitol Hill, and are encouraged to accompany participating students during those visits.

This will be the third year for CASE.  The first two years were a great success; to read the reactions from the students who participated in the inaugural event,read this AAAS story.  See additional details about the program.

Women in Stem Policy Seminar

Click here for more details and registration datelines for this annual seminar organized by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) to prepare women for leadership in the public policy arena.

Get involved in science advocacy and expose yourself to how the government works.