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AAAS CASE Workshop 2020: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering

This March, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is again hosting its CASE Workshop, an exciting opportunity for graduate students to learn about science policy and advocacy. The University of Virginia is permitted to send four graduate students to this entry-level workshop. An internal review process will select the University’s four participants.  

Selected students will participate in a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC, to be held March 29-April 1, 2020.  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. Participants will also visit several Congressional offices to engage directly with members of Congress and the staff. Registration fees and travel expenses will be covered thorugh the PhD Plus program.  

Click here to see this year's agenda.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program at UVA in one of the following fields: 
    • Biological, physical or earth sciences
    • Computational sciences and mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Medical and health sciences
    • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Students who were selected and attended past CASE workshops under University of Virginia’s sponsorship are not eligible to reapply.  
  • Students who applied in the past, but were not selected to attend the workshop are welcome to re-apply.
  • Foreign nationals and permanent residents are also eligible to participate.

Application Materials:  

Applicants must compile the following materials. To submit your application, click here.

  • A one-page statement of interest, written by the student, that highlights and affirms:
    • Interest in the topic of science policy 
    • The potential educational impact of the CASE program on future career goals
    • Any prior experience in science policy programs such as those offerd through the Science Policy Initiative and PhD+ including the Sciene Policy Bootcamp (participation in these programs is not a prerequisite for selection)
    • Availability to attend the entire duration of the program from March 29 through April 1, 2020.
  • A one-page personal vitae or résumé
  • An acknowledgement of support form signed by either the faculty mentor or the department's Director of Graduate Studies 


Application materials must be submitted no later than Sunday, Feb 9, 2020.   Applicants will be notified no later than MondayFebruary 17, 2020.  


Marlit Hayslett, 243.5561,

Phil Trella, 243.2018,

Sonali Majumdar, 924.1032,