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February 16, 2017

Call for nominations: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop

Submitted by Kelsey Peterson

K-State has been selected to participate in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop April 2-5 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, we will sponsor two students to attend the workshop.

Learn more about program details.

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.

We need your help selecting two K-State graduate students in STEM-related fields to attend the workshop. Please communicate this opportunity to the relevant graduate program directors in your college and facilitate the nomination of at most two students from your college. Please ask the graduate program director or department chair to provide a short — approximately 100 words — paragraph on why you are nominating each student. Please ask the student to provide a short — approximately 100 word — paragraph addressing why they would like to attend, 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 the documents to Kate Taylor by 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27. 

Questions can be directed to Michael Herman, associate dean of the Graduate School.