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Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest

Calling all students in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences

Curious about the intersection of science and policy?
Want to get a close-up view of Washington D.C.?

Now accepting applications for the 2018 visit!

UCAR essay contest winners 2017

2017 UCAR Capitol Hill Essay Contest winners: Molly Haugen (University of Denver), Adria Schwarber (University of Maryland, College Park) Susan Elias (University of Maine), Abigail Ahlert (University of Colorado, Boulder), Rebecca Anderson (University of North Dakota), Lauren Deanes (Pennslyvania State University). (©UCAR)

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is looking for up to six undergrads or graduate students to accompany UCAR leadership to Washington D.C. June 11-13, 2018. Members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the UCAR President' Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) will be your hosts and guides for the unique opportunity. 

In Washington, you will have the chance to visit Capitol Hill and meet members of Congress and their staffs and attend a special briefing by Hill staffers on how Congress works. You will also sit in on briefings from senior leadership in areas of weather, water, and climate.

If your essay is selected, UCAR will cover round-trip travel expenses from your location to Washington (flight, three nights hotel and per diem for meals and incidental expenses). 

If this opportunity sounds exciting, we invite you to submit an application using the form below

Application Essay Question

The second page of the form, below, includes a 500-word essay question. We suggest preparing this in advance of filling out the form. The question is:

  • What do you think is the most important thing for policymakers to know about the atmospheric and related sciences?

All submissions must be received by 
Midnight, Mountain Daylight Time, on
Friday, March 23, 2018

Official Contest Rules (PDF)

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