ACS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

ACS is sponsoring four graduate students to participate in the 2020 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

The annual CASE Workshop provides an opportunity for students to learn about the federal policy-making process, network with policy professionals, and collaborate with other students who are engaged with science policy. Through in depth instruction about Congress, the federal budget, and science communication, participants will gain an understanding of the basics of science policy and have the chance to practice advocating for science by meeting with their members of Congress and congressional staff.

Selected students will receive funding to travel to and participate in the three-and-a-half day workshop held in Washington, DC from March 29th – April 1st 2020. Upon completion of the workshop, the ACS-sponsored students will also be expected to prepare a presentation on their experience for their local section or student ACS chapter.

Eligibility: applicants must be current ACS members enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program in the chemical sciences located in the United States. Students from foreign countries are eligible to apply if they are studying in the United States.

Selection Criteria: ACS encourages applications from students who have demonstrated communication and leadership skills and a strong interest in, but limited experience and knowledge of, science policy and advocacy.

Application Process: applicants should prepare a single PDF containing the following:

  • a short statement of interest (500 words or fewer)
  • a resume (no more than two pages in length)
  • the applicant’s current ACS member ID number
  • the contact information of two references (references are not required to submit letters but should be asked for their permission to list their contact information)

Complete application documents should be emailed to with the subject line “CASE Application”. Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, January 17th, 2020. Finalists will be notified in early February. 


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