Future Leaders in Science Award


The Future Leaders in Science award is an opportunity for graduate students to engage with policy-makers in order to raise awareness and support for science, technology and research funding.

Recipients of the Future Leaders in Science award receive a trip to DC to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day. The Societies will cover travel, hotel and meal expenses for award winners.

All recipients will receive policy, communications, and advocacy training to learn how to effectively work with members of Congress and their staff. While in DC, recipients will also have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA leadership. The participants will form an invaluable network to draw from in your future research, advocacy endeavors, and career development.

Questions? Contact Julie McClure,, 202-735-5904.

Nominations Opened: Oct 1, 2017 - 8:00 AM CDT
Nominations initiated by: Dec 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CST
Final Nomination submission by: Dec 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CST

This award allows self-nominations only. On the next page, check the box to self-nominate.

The 2018 Congressional Visits Day event is March 7-8, 2018 in Washington DC.



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  1. Open to current Grad Student members of ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA



  1. What year of your grad program are you in?
  2. University and Department Name:
  3. Enter the names of the three members of Congress who represent the school you attend (Representative and two Senators):
    To find these members of Congress, copy and paste this link:
  4. Why are you interested in participating in the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Congressional Visits Day?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  5. What experiences have you had communicating your research / science to a non-academic audience?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  6. If you receive the award, how might you use this experience beyond CVD?
    We encourage award recipients to take the skills they learned at CVD and share them with their universities and colleagues. (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  7. Please provide a short biographical sketch
    Describe your field of study, research interests, etc. This should NOT be your full CV (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)

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