Science Student Council goes to the Hill

APA grad students lobby for NIH, NSF.

APA’s Science Student Council, a group of eight graduate students that advises the Science Directorate on issues related to graduate study, along with one member of the APA Graduate Students organization, met in Washington over the weekend of April 5–7, and spent their Friday preparing and then meeting with staff from their U.S. Representatives’ offices.

Science Government Relations Office staff provided a short advocacy training for the students and arranged the appointments. At their Hill meetings, the graduate students discussed their own research and their concerns about building scientific careers in an era of research budget cuts. The students asked their members of Congress to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education, in support of an appropriation of $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health in FY 2014, and encouraged strong support for the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.

More detailed coverage of the Science Student Council meeting and Hill visits will appear in the May issue of Psychological Science Agenda.

For more information on this issue contact Pat Kobor.