2018 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop & Cornell Advocacy Day

March 18, 2018 - 5:00pm to March 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
Contact Name: Associate Dean Sara Xayarath Hernandez
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Application Due Date: February 9

The AAAS CASE Workshop is an exciting opportunity is designed for doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy who want to learn more about science policy.

The program is organized to educate STEM students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, to introduce them to the federal policy-making process and to empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. Participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civil engagement.  In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication. 

On March 21, Cornell students participating in CASE will also join Cornell doctoral and professional degree students to conduct meetings with elected Members of Congress and congressional staff. These meetings will be organized by representatives from the Cornell Office of Federal Relations. In advance of Advocacy Day, there will be an on-campus training led by representatives from the Cornell Office of Federal Relations to prepare participants for their Advocacy Day activities.

Support for participation in the CASE Workshop comes from the Graduate School, Cornell Office of Federal Relations, and the Cornell BEST Program. Priority consideration will be given to Doctoral Students in the STEM disciplines who are U.S. Citizens are Permanent Residents and engaged with the Cornell BEST Program.

Because we may only select four doctoral students to participate in the CASE Workshop, please do not submit an application unless you can make yourself available to travel to Washington D.C. from March 18 through March 21 and fully participate in the program.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Associate Dean Sara Xayarath Hernández at or 255-5417.

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