Once a year, scientists and engineers convene in Washington D.C. to discuss science and technology policy issues with their representatives in Congress. The Congressional Visit Days (CVD) program is intended to convey the importance of science and technology funding to our elected officials. Policy makers from federal and non-governmental organizations, such as the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology teach participants about current organizational goals, funding concerns, and policy priorities.

This year the MIT Science Policy Initiative is coordinating our own visit to Washington, inspired by the official CVD program to which we have sent nearly 200 students. MIT's delegation is unique in that it is entirely comprised of students, who can directly articulate the need for government-funded undergraduate and graduate level research opportunities. Student involvement has repeatedly garnered tremendously positive responses from Congressional offices, and we are proud to play an essential role in preparing students to participate and supporting them while they are in Washington. 

We are now accepting applications for CVD 2018! Please see below for more information, and note that the application will close at 5:00 PM on January 29, 2018. Contact Krysta Dummit (kdummit@mit.edu) and Alex Mijalis (mijalis@mit.edu) with questions.

Information Regarding the 2018 CVD Opportunity:


The MIT Science Policy Initiative will be coordinating our own 2018 Congressional Visit Days (CVD) on March 12 and 13. After a seminar series here at MIT and a one day science policy crash course with the MIT Washington Office, we will set meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of science with our nation's lawmakers. No prior experience with policy or advocacy is required.

Participants are required to be active in the preparation for the CVD trip. Each participant will learn how to and are required to:
- schedule meetings with Congressional offices
- research Members of Congress to prepare for those meetings
- follow up after the trip
In addition, each participant will be active in the planning of CVD, with some tasks listed below - please indicate your interest.

In the weeks leading up to CVD we will hold four mandatory meetings to prepare for CVD. The meetings will be on the following days and times:

1: Tuesday, February 6th, 6pm
2: Tuesday, Feburary 13th, 6pm
3: Tuesday, February 27th, 6pm
4: Tuesday, March 6th, 6pm

SPI will support you with accommodation for the night of March 12th, a group evening meal/event, and travel expenses (flight and Metro) reimbursed up to $200. Full participation is expected — including planning meetings — and non-compliance may lead to loss of reimbursement.

Apply now - space is limited! The trip is open to all MIT undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs.

Contact Alex Mijalis (mijalis@mit.edu) or Krysta Dummit (kdummit@mit.edu) with questions.