Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

AAAS "CASE" Workshop Student Competition

American Association for the Advancement of Science "Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering" Workshop Student Competition

Student competition to attend the AAAS "Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering" workshop in Washington, DC to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students will have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress or congressional staff. The workshop is an exciting opportunity to learn from science policy and advocacy experts about the role of science in policymaking and the federal policy-making process. It empowers participants with ways to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers.

This entry-level program is organized to educate STEM students who are interested in learning about the role of science in policy-making, to introduce them to the federal policy-making process, and to 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.

Workshop details 

*** The 2020 and 2021 workshops in Washington DC were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.  A virtual session was held in Fall 2021. There will likely be a virtual session in 2022, also. Updates will be posted here regarding future events.


CIRES hosts a competition to send CU Boulder students to Washington, DC to attend the AAAS "Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering" workshop. The competition is open to any full-time CU Boulder graduate student or upper-class undergraduate 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. The competition is supported by the CU Graduate School and the Center for STEM Learning. 

Details of future competitions will be posted here as soon as available.

Information regarding AAAS "CASE" Workshop Student Competitions from previous years can be found here.