Meet with Members of Congress [Do This]

5 Oct

Want to meet directly with members of the US Congress to support undergraduate research?  Here’s your chance.  We can think of a few of you who would be perfect for this.  If you do end up being selected, let us at the UHP know!  Keep reading for more info.

Here’s a tip: if you do apply, use your home address — DC doesn’t have a voting member, but your home district does (probably)!  This will increase your chances of being selected for “Posters on the Hill.”

Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves.

In the Spring of 2012 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 16th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR’s disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply. Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting: http://www.cur.org/poh/pohsubinfo.html .

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit: http://www.cur.org/pohcall.html. Please note that CUR membership is required to submit an application. Either the student’s home institution must have an institutional membership, or the faculty mentor or student must have an individual membership (GWU, your home institution, has a membership). Incomplete applications or applications that do not satisfy the membership requirement will not be reviewed.

Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by October 18, 2011. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.

For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit http://www.cur.org/postersession.html. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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