Twenty Days to Act

26 October 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-21

20 Days and Counting…

Congress has until 8 December, only 20 legislative days, to decide on funding for FY18. Tell your legislator today why it is imperative to provide strong funding for our federal science agencies.

Science Policy Workshop at Fall Meeting 

Congratulations! You’ve scheduled a meeting with your Member of Congress at their local or D.C. office. Do you know what you’ll need to bring? What to talk about? What to ask for? We’ve got you covered! Join us for the Congressional Visits Workshop on Sunday, 10 December from 1:00–5:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, Second Floor, Cambridge Room. We’ll outline everything from how to prepare for your visit to maintaining a relationship with your legislator long after you’ve met with them. 

Interested in working in policy for a year? 

AGU is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 AGU Congressional Science Fellowship program. The fellowship offers young scientists the opportunity to work in the field of science policy in Washington, D.C. The AGU-sponsored fellow spends one year in the personal office of a senator or representative, or on a House or Senate committee. Fellows’ responsibilities may include writing legislation, preparing for congressional hearings, meeting with lobbyists and constituents, and more.   

The fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000, as well as health insurance, moving expenses, travel to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, and a work-related travel allowance. 

The application period opens 15 October, and all submissions are due by 15 January 2018. Visit the AGU website for more information on the fellowship, application requirements, and profiles of past fellows. AGU members are also eligible for the Congressional Science Fellowship sponsored by American Geosciences Institute and are encouraged to apply. 

Four Fast Approaching Deadlines 

Ghosts and goblins and spooks galore! October is flying fast and so is the clock for 2017. From Fall Meeting Registration to Congress’ Continuing Resolution, our new post on The Bridge presents the top 4 countdowns that are sure to make the hairs rise on the back of your neck! 

#TalkClimateNow Campaign 

Join AGU in speaking up about human-induced climate change and the urgency with which government officials at all levels need to act on climate. Show your support by joining our Thunderclap and committing to having a constructive conversation with a friend, neighbor, colleague or family member about how climate change is impacting your community now or how it may in the future.