Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) 2020 Workshop

Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) 2020 Workshop
American Association for the Advancement of Science |Washington, D.C.
March 29 – April 1, 2020

Applications due February 14, 2020


The UO Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation and UO Office of Government & Community Relations invite applications for the upcoming American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) student workshop Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE). The University of Oregon will sponsor one student (graduate students preferred) to attend the CASE workshop on March 29 – April 1, 2020 (with the departure likely occurring Saturday March 28th and return travel likely occurring on Thursday, April 2). The workshop will be held at AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. Below is additional information related to applying and logistics.

What is the AAAS CASE 2020 Workshop? An exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. #MakingOurCASE

This entry-level program is designed to educate STEM students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and empower them with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers.  The workshop is designed for students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy who want to learn more about science policy. 

Students will participate in a three-and-a-half day program in Washington, D.C. 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. 

Application process for UO students (Deadline: Friday, Feb 14, 2020):

To apply, please submit a brief statement of interest and summary of experience (or resume) no later than midnight, Friday, February 14, 2020, to Betsy Boyd, Associate VP, Federal Affairs, University of Oregon, at

For your statement of interest, please explain why the program interests you and how you expect to apply the experience in your career and future plans. Be sure to also include your name, email, cell phone number, department, major, and year of study. Please also include any accessibility requirements and dietary restrictions (to be included with the registration of the successful applicant).

The AAAS CASE program is interested in students with strong communication and leadership skills. Graduate students are preferred. No prior advocacy experience is required. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate (juniors and seniors only), graduate, or doctoral degree program in one of the following fields: biological, physical or earth sciences; computational sciences and mathematics; engineering disciplines; medical and health sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. Doctoral and graduate degree candidates are preferred, but all fitting the criteria are welcome to apply.

Students will be notified no later than Monday, Feb 25, 2020.

What is included:

The University of Oregon will pay for the costs of air travel, hotel lodging near the conference, and some incidental expenses, including per diem for meals not covered by the conference, plus the registration fee of $250 per student. This includes Sunday evening networking reception and five meals. UO will work with the successful student to make travel arrangements.


The workshop agenda for 2020 is tentative. Note that the workshop will begin with a Networking Reception on Sunday, March 29, between 6-8 pm (to accommodate varying arrivals) as an opportunity for students and organizers to meet one another before the workshop officially begins the next day.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Boyd, Associate VP, Federal Affairs, at, desk 541-346-0946 or mobile 541-513-1746

The CASE program is funded by the UO Vice President of Research and Innovation with some support also provide by UO Federal Affairs. More information is available here or (