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AMS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

Every year, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) sponsors two students to participate in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The CASE Workshop introduces STEM students to the federal policy-making process, and empowers them to become advocates for basic research throughout their careers.

Selected students will each receive up to US \$1600 to travel to and participate in a three-and-a-half day workshop in Washington, D.C., learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. The AMS will cover all workshop and travel costs. Sponsored students must attend the entire workshop.

Jennifer Vaccaro

Jennifer Vaccaro (right) with the Illinois AMS CASE participants.
Jennifer Vaccaro (right) with the Illinois AMS CASE participants.

The AMS CASE Fellowship was an incredible opportunity. I had already benefited from federal research funding, but this workshop gave me a deeper appreciation for how much work it takes to envision, advocate, and secure the funds necessary for STEM research and education initiatives. The most inspiring part was connecting with graduate students who want to apply their expertise in science, engineering, and healthcare to make the world better.

Mayleen Cortez-Rodriguez

Mayleen (left) with other Cornell students on their Hill visit.
Mayleen (left) with other Cornell students on their Hill visit.

The CASE workshop was a great introduction to the world of policy, from the federal budget process to how to talk to policy makers about funding STEM research and other important issues. The best part was hearing from and chatting to different people about their journeys into policy. It made me realize that it's quite common to not know where to start and that a lack of prior experience with policy should not deter you from seeking a career in policy. In addition, after chatting with some congressional fellows, I'm convinced that I should apply for a policy fellowship when I'm closer to graduating. I'm excited to see what the future holds!

Applications open in Fall 2024 for the AMS CASE Workshop