Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering: 2016 Workshop
Each April the Graduate School sends two University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students to learn about science policy and advocacy at the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington D.C. The workshop, sponsored by a coalition of scientific groups including the AAAS and AAU, teaches STEM graduate and upper-class undergraduates about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication.
Students participate in interactive seminars for both policy-making and communication. They learn about ways to stay engaged and involved after they return to their campuses, through relevant professional societies or on-campus activities. The day after the culmination of the workshop, students form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff members, putting into practice what they’ve learned.
The Graduate School hosts a competitive process to select the two UW-Madison graduate students to attend the CASE workshop and covers the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, and event registration for the graduate students selected to attend. The UW-Madison Office of Federal Relations arranges Capitol Hill visits for the selected students, where they meet with Wisconsin congressional staff.
We are pleased to announce the following two graduate students have been selected to attend the CASE workshop April 17-20, 2016.
Last year UW-Madison graduate students Danielle Lohman, Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry, and Anna Williams, pursuing a Ph.D. in Astronomy, attended the CASE workshop.
“Attending the CASE workshop was a fantastic and eye-opening opportunity. We learned how science policy is made–from the federal budget process and the structure of congress to science advocacy and advising in Washington. I especially enjoyed meeting the speakers, the other workshop participants, and gaining a perspective for how our research fits into the bigger picture”, says Lohman.
After the workshop Lohman and Williams teamed up on a presentation for both of their departments about what they learned at CASE, focused on how STEM graduate students can get involved in science policy. Lohman and Williams said it is clear that this is an important topic of interest.