Over the past few weeks, student members of the Botanical Society of America have worked with the AIBS Public Policy Office to craft an open letter explaining to lawmakers why continued investments in scientific research and training programs are essential to their future career development. This grassroots effort is now becoming a national campaign. As part of this effort, AIBS has created a webpage that allows undergraduate and graduate students to sign an open letter to lawmakers.

The letter encourages “Congress and the President to make sustained investments in the nation’s scientific research, education, and training programs. The extramural, competitive, peer-reviewed grant programs administered by federal agencies are critical to our nation’s scientific enterprise and future.”

If you are a student who is pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in a scientific field, please take action. The letter and sign-on page are available at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/sciencestudentsletter.html.


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