Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering: 2017 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. This year's workshop was April 2-5, 2017. 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.
The following two graduate students were selected to attend the CASE workshop in 2017.