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January 8, 2018



Call for graduate student nominations: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop

By Kelsey Peterson

K-State has been selected to participate in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop March 18-21 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Through funds supplied by the Graduate School, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Governmental Relations, two graduate students will be sponsored to attend the workshop.

A coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, advocacy organizations, and academic organizations has created this exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy.

The workshop program is open to universities or professional scientific or engineering societies that would like to provide an opportunity for their students to come to Washington, D.C., and learn about science policy.

Students who are selected by their institution to participate in the workshop will spend a few days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. Learn more about the program. 

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for two graduate students in STEM-related fields to attend the workshop. To nominate a student, the graduate program director or department chair must provide a short — approximately 100 words — paragraph on why they are nominating the student. The student also must provide a short — approximately 100 words — paragraph addressing why he or she would like to attend the workshop, what they expect to gain from the experience, and how it would fit into their career plans, as well as a short CV.

Please send nomination documents to Megan Miller by noon Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

Questions can be directed to Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School.