This coming March 17 -18, 2015 is the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD). This annual event brings together STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals and students from across the country to Washington DC to advocate and raise visibility for STEM research funding among our nation’s top priorities. The mission is to support the maintenance of balanced federal investment in the STEM fields as a means to strengthen our nation’s prosperity, competitive edge and innovation policies. Through the newly formed Rutgers Chapter of the National Science Policy Group (NSPG), a contingent of grad students will be sponsored to represent Rutgers at the event and to meet with NJ’s Congressional Delegates.
One day will be spent networking among the participants who will include more than 33 professional scientific and engineering societies, higher education associations, and trade associations. On the second day, participants meet with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Key Administration officials and other decision-makers on Capitol Hill.
There are still several spots available to any Rutgers grad students who would like to represent their STEM discipline at the event this year in Washington DC. If you are interested, email your contact information and a short description of your program/research to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students in the social sciences and arts/humanities whose research integrates STEM components are encouraged to reply. If you would like to be involved with Rutgers NSPG, check out their Facebook page or sign up for the Google group to get involved with their meetings and events.