Be an advocate for science research!

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology would like to invite YOU to participate in our Student/Postdoc Hill Day on Sept 10-11, 2012. Every year, the ASBMB brings together young researchers from across the country to meet with their Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives participants the chance to help promote scientific research by directly interacting with government officials.

You can significantly influence the debate over the importance of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Congressional leaders look forward to meeting with residents from their district and rely upon input from their constituents when making decisions. In describing your research to your member of Congress, you can highlight the importance and successes of your research, discuss the impact of government-funded research on human health and establish a personal connection with your congressional representatives.

After arriving on Monday, Sept 10, participants will take part in an orientation session focused on the federal budget process and communicating with members of Congress. On Tuesday, Sept 11, participants will convene on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Everyone will depart Wednesday, Sept 12. In exchange for each participant’s time and efforts, we are happy to provide transportation, lodging and meals during his or her stay in Washington, D.C.

If you are interested in participating, you can apply here. The application deadline is Aug. 3, and we will notify you shortly thereafter if you have been selected to participate. Apply as soon as possible so we can begin making your travel arrangements and scheduling your Congressional meetings. Don’t hesitate to contact the ASBMB Science Policy Fellow, Chris Pickett, with any additional questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington this September!

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