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January 15, 2019

Nominate a graduate student to attend AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop

Submitted by Megan Miller

K-State has been selected to participate in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop March 24-27 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Funds supplied by the Graduate School, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of Governmental Relations will sponsor two graduate students 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.

Nominations: 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 word — 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.

Nomination documents are due to Megan Miller at mmmiller@k-state.edu by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Questions can be directed to Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School, at shanklin@k-state.edu