More than 2,500 students have already signed an open letter to policymakers about the importance of sustained federal investments in science. These undergraduate and graduate students represent the breadth of scientific disciplines.

The letter, developed by student members of the Botanical Society of America, 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.”

Students pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering, or math are encouraged to sign the letter at Also, students are encouraged to spread the word about this effort by joining the campaign on Facebook at

To learn more about this effort, listen to a free podcast at


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