[Taxacom] Graduate Student Award / Training Opporunity
rgropp at aibs.org
Fri Dec 5 16:37:00 CST 2008
Graduate Student Award / Training Opporunity
2009 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Applications Due by 5 PM Eastern, Friday, 6 February 2009
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS, www.aibs.org) is
pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2009
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.
- A trip to Washington, DC, during spring 2009 to participate in a
Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional
Visits Day (target dates are 21-22 April 2009). 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
- A certificate and 1-year AIBS membership, including subscription to
BioScience and a copy of Communicating Science: A Primer for Working
with the Media.
Application Process and Requirements:
Applications for the 2009 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
publicpolicy at aibs.org no later than 5 PM eastern time on Friday, 6
February 2009. The subject line of the e-mail should include "EPPLA
2009" 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 2009.
- 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 fundamental biological
sciences research to the nation. How would you convince your
congressional delegation of the importance of basic biological
research (e.g., that supported by the National Science Foundation)?
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
- Letter of reference: Ask an individual who can attest to your
leadership, interpersonal and communication skills to send a letter
on your behalf to publicpolicy at aibs.org by 6 February 2009. 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 publicpolicy at aibs.org.
- Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media -- A new
publication from the AIBS Public Policy Office. Buy your copy today,
go to: http://www.aibs.org/bookstore/communicating_science.html
- Receive the latest science policy news, sign up for the AIBS Public
Policy Report at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy-signup/
More information about the Taxacom