The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with other science societies, invites members of the geoscience community from across the nation to come to Washington, DC, for the annual Geoscience Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) on September 12-13, 2018. Geo-CVD is a great opportunity for citizen scientists to gain exposure to the federal legislative process, and provide lawmakers with valuable information to inform policy decisions. This two-day event involves an in-person training workshop led by the organizing science societies to help prepare and educate participants on how to effectively communicate the importance of their work, followed by a full day of meetings with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
The deadline to apply for Geo-CVD 2018 through AGI has passed.
*Please note that other participating organizations, including some of AGI's members societies, may have different application deadlines.
AGI applicants for Geo-CVD 2018 will be notified of their acceptance by August 10, 2018, at the latest.
We encourage interested participants to apply next year! (Note: The AGI application period typically begins in June.)
For more information about Geo-CVD, please contact email@example.com.
If you are applying through the Paleontological Society, please follow the directions below. The closing date for applications is August 10, 2018.
To apply please send to Sandy Carlson, Chair of the ad hoc Paleontological Society Government Affairs Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following items:
1. A recent curriculum vita and a two-paragraph explanation of why you would like to participate in the AGI Geo-CVD, both submitted by email in a single pdf file labeled “yourlastname_GeoCVD”.
2. An email message from an academic advisor verifying the student status of the applicant.
Each application will be read and ranked by a subcommittee of the Paleontological Society Government Affairs Committee.
All applicants will be notified of the subcommittee’s decisions by August 20, 2018.
To be eligible to participate in Geo-CVD through AGI, applicants must:
- Be registered to vote in the United States
- Be a current member of at least one of AGI’s 52 member societies
- Fund their own travel and accomodations in Washington, DC
- Provide a brief description of their interest and/or relevant experience in public policy
Applicants must also be able to:
- Participate in a Geo-CVD webinar prior to their visit to Washington, DC (time and date TBD)
- Attend the training workshop in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2018
- Attend the congressional visits day in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2018
What To Expect
Day 1: On Wednesday, September 12, participants will spend the afternoon at a workshop geared toward honing their communication skills. Participants will learn/review the basics of how Congress functions, how to approach meetings with congressional staff, and what relevant legislation, federal agencies, and programs they should be aware of. At the end of the workshop, participants are given time to craft and practice their message one-on-one with experienced geoscience policy staff.
Day 2: On Thursday, September 13, participants will spend the day on Capitol Hill meeting with congressional members and/or staff. These visits are arranged by the organizing society staff, who will also accompany groups of participants on the congressional office visits.
- Background Materials
- Value of the Geosciences
- STEM Education/Geoscience Education Pays Off
- What is Geoscience?
- Geoscience in Your State factsheets
- Geo-CVD Introductory Webinar
- American Geophysical Union: District Congressional Visits Webinar
Communicating with Congress
- American Geosciences Institute: Tips for writing your member of Congress
- American Geosciences Institute: Helpful hints for meeting with members of Congress
- American Geophysical Union: How to Conduct a Successful District Visit
- National Ground Water Association: Tools for Contacting Congress
- Soil Science Society of America: Get Involved
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Community Resources
Other Geoscience Policy Websites
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists: GEO-DC
- American Geosciences Institute: Geoscience Policy Program
- American Geophysical Union: Science Policy
- American Institute of Professional Geologists: Policy Position Statements
- Geological Society of America: Geology & Public Policy and News from the Hill RSS Feed
- National Ground Water Association: Government Affairs
- Seismological Society of America: Government Relations
- Soil Science Society of America: Science Policy
- Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration: Government Affairs and Public Policy
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Government Relations