Excellence in Advocacy Award


The Excellence in Advocacy Award is an opportunity for members of ASA, CSSA and SSSA to engage with policy-makers in order to raise awareness and support for food, agriculture and natural resource research funding.

Recipients of the Excellence in Advocacy Award receive a trip to Washington DC to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA and SSSA Congressional Visits Day. The Societies will cover travel, hotel, and meal expenses for award recipients.

All recipients will receive policy, communication, and advocacy training to learn how to effectively work with members of Congress and their staff. While in DC, recipients will also have the opportunity for interactions with the leadership of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. The participants will form an invaluable network to draw from in your future research, advocacy endeavors, and career development.

Questions? Contact Julie McClure, jmcclure@sciencesocieties.org, 202-735-5904.

Nominations Opened: Oct 1, 2017 - 8:00 AM CDT
Nominations initiated by: Dec 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CST
Final Nomination submission by: Dec 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CST

This award allows self-nominations only. On the next page, check the box to self-nominate.

The 2018 Congressional Visits Day event is March 7-8, 2018 in Washington DC.


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  1. Open to current, non-student members of ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA.
  2. Only those members who live and work in the U.S. are eligible.



  1. Affiliation (University and Department Name or Company Name):
  2. Enter the names of the three members of Congress who represent you (Representative and two Senators)
    To find these members of Congress, copy and paste this link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
  3. Why are you interested in participating in the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Congressional Visits Day?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  4. What experiences have you had in advocacy?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  5. What experiences have you had communicating your research/work to a non-academic audience?
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)
  6. Please provide a short biographical sketch. Describe your field of study, research interests, etc. This should NOT be your full CV
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 700)

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