Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award.Â This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy.Â Recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.
- A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual event that brings scientists to the nationâ€™s capital to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation.Â The event will be held on 9-10 April 2014. Domestic travel and hotel expenses will be paid for the winners.
- Policy and communications training, and information on trends in federal science funding and the legislative process.
- Meetings with Congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investments in the biological sciences.
- A 1-year AIBS membership, including a subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of â€œCommunicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.â€
- An award certificate and membership in the EPPLA alumni network.
The 2014 award is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field.Â Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy.Â Prior EPPLA winners and AIBS science policy interns/fellows are not eligible.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, 13 January 2014. Â The application can be downloaded at http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/eppla.html.