Introduction to Science Policy

The annual Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering or CASE workshop is hosted by the  American Association for Advancement in Science (AAAS). The workshop is an opportunity for graduate students in science, engineering, social or behavioral sciences to learn about science policy, advocacy, and the federal policymaking process, empowering participants to become a voice for research throughout their careers. 

Are you are interested in any of the following:

  • exposure to the field of science policy?
  • learning how to advocate and influence policy as a researcher
  • building connections with science policy experts

Then, consider participating in 2024 AAAS CASE workshop on April 14-17 in Washington DC. CASE participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. There may be additional opportunity for congressional visits. Read here for more detailed information from AAAS. 

How it Works

Graduate students can participate in AAAS CASE via nomination by a sponsoring institution. As Princeton University (Graduate School) is a sponsoring institutions for AAAS CASE, 3-4 graduate students will be nominated to participate in 2024 CASE workshop on April 14-17 in Washington D.C. 


  • Graduate Students enrolled in graduate programs in natural sciences, engineering, and social and behavioral sciences are eligible to apply. Read eligibility details outlined by AAAS
  • CASE workshop is open to international students.
  • As AAAS CASE workshop provides an introduction to science policy, no prior experience in science policy is required. Therefore, those who have limited experience or knowledge of science policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply.


Princeton University's sponsorship for AAAS CASE will cover registration fees, travel, lodging and meal expenses for selected graduate students. 

Application Process

GradFUTURES (Graduate School) and Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (SPIA) will administer the selection process to nominate 3-4 Princeton graduate students to organizers of AAAS CASE. Applications are due on February 9, 2024. Scroll down to apply. 

Attend CASE Informational Webinar by AAAS

RSVP for informational webinar to learn more about AAAS CASE workshop from organizers. This webinar is co-hosted by AAAS and GradFUTURES.


  • Gwendolyn Bogard - Government Relations Associate, AAAS
  • Sean Gallagher - Deputy Director of Federal Affairs, AAAS
  • Alessandra Zimmermann - R&D Budget and Policy Program, AAAS


Apply to attend AAAS CASE

Please submit your application for selection to participate in AAAS CASE. The deadline to apply is February 9, 2024. Please only apply if you can attend the entire workshop April 14-17.


Sonali Majumdar
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Keely Swan
Associate Director, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE)
Hansen Tjo, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate 2023-24