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 will be 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.
Submit the following to Alissa Ewer (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
- Statement of interest (maximum 500 words) addressing:
- why knowledge about science policy and advocacy is important to emerging scientists,
- why effective science communication is an essential skill for emerging scientists,
- and specific ways in which you will bring what you learned back to campus and share it with fellow graduate students.
- Your current CV or résumé
- Letter of support from your faculty advisor
The above three items should be emailed as a single PDF, in the order listed above, named in the format Lastname_Firstname_CASE2017.pdf (e.g. Badger_Bucky_CASE2017.pdf).
This is an entry-level workshop. Priority will be given to applicants who can articulate the importance of science policy, advocacy, and communication skills for emerging scientists, but there is no requirement for anything beyond basic knowledge of these areas. Applicants should demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UW-Madison (including double degrees) in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences; Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Medical and health sciences; and Social and behavioral sciences.
The following two graduate students were selected to attend the CASE workshop in 2016.