Call for Applications: Science and Advocacy Workshop

Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop

April 14-17, 2024
Washington, D.C.

Application available: January 8, 2024
Deadline to apply: February 11, 2024

The Graduate School will host a competitive process to select two UW–Madison graduate students to participate in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington D.C. The university will provide full funding for the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, and event registration for the two students selected.

The CASE workshop is an opportunity for STEM graduate and undergraduate students to learn from science policy and advocacy experts about the role of science in policymaking and the federal policy-making process. The experience empowers participants to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. Sponsored by a coalition of scientific groups including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the entry-level workshop was designed for 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. During the workshop students learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. Students will participate in interactive seminars about policymaking and communication.

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The workshop was absolutely phenomenal. AAAS brought in people from all over D.C., multiple agencies, and Capitol Hill to provide a solid introduction to the science policy process. The unique opportunity to be with bright STEM graduate students from across the U.S. to network, share research, and talk about future collaborations was very special. And, the experience of meeting with Wisconsin members on the Hill with the UW Federal Relations department was an excellent learning experience (and very fun!). CASE is hands down a highlight of my grad school career, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I learned so much that will be beneficial for my future pursuits, and I am so thankful for the opportunity.

Sarah Alexander, 2019 CASE attendee, PhD Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering


I’ve participated in scientific outreach, mentoring, and teaching because it supports my sense of belonging and purpose in science. As I near the end of my PhD studies I’m recognizing my responsibility to participate in the scientific policy process,” she said. “The individuals involved in a movement matters. Each person brings their expertise and life experiences to the table. My identities as a first generation, bilingual, Latina STEM scientist makes me a particularly powerful ally both to science and the public.

Neydis Moreno Morales, 2023 CASE attendee, PhD Student in Biophysics