Graduate Student Policy Training Opportunity: Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2008 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leader Awards. Deadline 31 January 2008.

2008 Graduate Student Emerging Public Policy Leadership Awards

Applications Due by 5 PM Eastern, Thursday, 31 January 2008

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS, is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2008 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award (EPPLA). The EPPLA program enables graduate students in the biological sciences to receive first-hand experience in the science policy arena.

Recipients will receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, during spring 2008 to participate in a Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day (exact dates to be determined). The BESC CVD is an annual event that brings scientists and science educators to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal funding for the biological sciences.
  • The EPPLA will attend briefings by key officials from the White House and Congress and a Capitol Hill reception honoring a member of Congress.
  • The EPPLA will participate in meetings with their Senators and Representatives.
  • A certificate and one-year AIBS membership, including a BioScience subscription.

Application Process and Requirements:

Applications for the 2008 EPPLA will be accepted from graduate students (master's or doctoral) in the biological sciences with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to biological science and/or science education policy. Applications must be submitted to no later than 5 PM eastern time on Thursday, 31 January 2008. The subject line of the e-mail must include "EPPLA 2008" and the applicant's name.

  • Cover letter: Describe your interest in science policy issues and how participation in this CVD event would further your career goals. Confirm your ability to travel to Washington, DC, during spring 2008 (likely on a Tues-Wed or Wed-Thurs).

  • Statement: In 500 words, articulate the importance of federal funding for biological research. The objective of the CVD is to communicate to policy-makers the importance of biological sciences to the nation. How would you convince your congressional delegation of the importance of biological research? Prepare a statement that emphasizes the benefits of biological research, drawing on your own experience and/or research area, and referencing local issues that may be of interest to your congressional delegation as appropriate.

  • Resume (1 page): Your resume should emphasize leadership and communication experience — this may include graduate, undergraduate, or non-academic activities. Please include education, work experience, honors and awards, and scientific society memberships. Please do not list conference presentations, abstracts or scientific manuscripts.

  • Letter of reference: Ask an individual who can attest to your leadership, interpersonal and communication skills to send a letter on your behalf to by 31 January 2008. This individual should also be familiar with your interest in or experience with science or science education policy issues.

Note: Prior EPPLA recipients and AIBS science policy interns/fellows are not eligible.

Questions about the award should be addressed to Holly Menninger at (202)-628-1500 x 229.

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