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AAAS CASE Workshop

The Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop is a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC that informs attendees on the inner workings of Congress and how to effectively advocate for science.

What is CASE?

 A coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, and academic organizations has created an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. Selected students will participate in a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC, from March 29th - April 1st. During the workshop, participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication. By the end of the workshop students will have an opportunity to learn about ways to remain engaged through on-campus activities. The day after the workshop, students will form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff members, putting into practice what they have learned.

For more information about CASE and the specific agenda, please visit their website!

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible to participate students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate (juniors or seniors) or graduate degree program with a major/focus 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.  International students are eligible if they are studying here in the U.S. 

How do I attend?

Up to four students from WVU will be selected to represent the University at the AAAS CASE workshop from March 29th - April 1st in the nation’s capital. The selection process is being coordinated by the WVU Science Policy Organization (SPO) and is open to both undergraduate junior and senior students, and graduate students.

The application will consist of:

  1.  Your resume or CV
  2. An essay of 500 words or fewer detailing how attending the AAAS CASE workshop will enrich your professional goals and advance the West Virginia University community.

Send all application materials to WVU SPO President, Andrew Kaiser , by Monday February 10, 2020 at 5 pm.
Please attach files in PDF format with the email subject “CASE Application.”

You will be notified by mid-February of the status of your application.

For more information about our organization, find us online on Facebook or Twitter, or contact Andrew at the above email address.