Hill Day

Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully-funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to help promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers.

The next event will take place April 5 – 6. The ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee sponsors an annual Capitol Hill Day in which students and postdocs from around the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their congressional representatives. Participants partake in a Policy 101 training session before breaking into small groups for a full day of congressional meetings. This event serves to get young researchers involved in science advocacy and also to expose them to how the government works.

Learn more about previous Hill Days:

You can significantly affect the debate over the importance of research funding. Congressional leaders look forward to meeting with residents from their district and rely upon input from their constituents when making decisions. In describing your research, you can highlight the importance and successes of your research, discuss the impact of federally funded research on human health and establish a personal connection with your representative and his/her staff.

Arriving on Wednesday, April 5, participants will take part in an orientation session focused on the federal budget process and communicating with members of Congress. On Thursday, April 6, participants will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, before departing on Friday, April 7. In exchange for your time and efforts, we provide transportation, lodging and meals during your stay in Washington, D.C.If you are an undergraduate, graduate student or postdoc interested in this opportunity, please fill out and submit a Hill Day application form.

If you have any questions, please contact ASBMB Science Policy Fellow Andrew Stothert (astothert@asbmb.org) . Applicants will be notified in the final week of March if they will be invited to participate.