Science Policy Trek to Washington DC

March 12 – 15, 2018

myCHOICE is delighted to collaborate with UChicagoGRAD in offering our 2nd Science Policy trek to Washington DC!

The application to participate in the Trek is now closed.

Why should you participate in this trek?

  • Learn about policy positions in a variety of agencies and non-governmental organizations

  • Network with UChicago alumni who are working in science policy

  • Discover job opportunities and life in DC

Requirements & Expectations of myCHOICE Trek participants

  • All applicants must be a graduate student or postdoctoral trainee in the UChicago Biological Sciences Division

  • Become a myCHOICE Trainee by submitting the myCHOICE Trainee Application

  • Complete the myCHOICE Science Policy Trek application.

  • Upon completion of the trek, reflect on your experience in a short statement (< 500 words)​

Tentative schedule of site visits

Monday, March 12, 2018

1:30 pm  — Environmental Protection Agency
3:30 pm  — State Department, hosted by alum Sapana Vora (Cancer Biology ’14)
5:30 pm  — Happy Hour with former and current Hill staffers

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

9:30 am   — Environmental Defense Fund, hosted by alum Jennifer McPartland (Microbiology ’09)
12:00 pm — Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), hosted by alum Ben Krinsky (Evolutionary Biology ’14)
2:00 pm   — Department of Energy, hosted by Argonne postdoctoral alum Lee Solomon (2017)
4:30 pm   — Hill visit with Joel Creswell, PhD, Legislative Assistant to Representative Dan Lipinsky
6:00 pm   — Alumni reception at UChicago Office of Federal Relations

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

9:00 am   — National Institutes of Health
12:30 pm — National Science Foundation
6 – 9 pm   — Annual Awards Dinner of Research!America, hosted by Mary Woolley (President and CEO)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

9:00 am   — Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA)
Return flight to Chicago

*This schedule is subject to change.

Argonne postdocs at NIH

Trainees meet with science policy experts at NIH