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.

Over the past several years, MIT has sent nearly 200 students to participate in CVD. 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 plan an essential role in preparing students to participate in CVD and supporting them while they are in Washington. 

We are now accepting applications for CVD 2017! Please see below for more information, and note that the application will close at 5:00 PM on February 17, 2017. Contact Jack Reid (jackreid@mit.edu) with questions.

Information Regarding the 2017 CVD Opportunity:

The MIT Science Policy Initiative will be coordinating the 2017 Congressional Visit Days (CVD) on April 25th and 26th. "The CVD is a two-day annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the CVD is coordinated by coalitions of companies, professional societies and educational institutions and it is open to all who believe that science and technology comprise the cornerstone of our Nation's future." After a one day science policy crash course, 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 mandatory meetings to prepare for CVD. The meetings will be on the following days and times:

1: Tuesday, March 7th, 6pm
2: Tuesday, March 14th, 6pm
3: Tuesday, April 4th, 6pm
4: Tuesday, April 11th, 6pm

SPI will support you with: accommodation for the nights of April 24th and 25th, a group evening meal/event, and travel expenses (flight and Metro) reimbursed up to $200. Full participation is expected (include 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.