The following was posted 13 November 2012 (during the 2012 ESA meeting) on TAXACOM, and represents a great opportunity for qualified grad students who are U.S. citizens.  If you or someone you know qualifies for this award, let's see if we can't get an entomologist recognized for 2013!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. Recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy. 

Winners receive: 

   * A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual event that brings scientists to the nation?s capital to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. The event will last for two days and will be held in late March or early April 2013. Domestic travel and hotel expenses will be paid for the winners. 
   * Policy and communications training, and information on trends in federal science funding and the legislative process. 
   * Meetings with Congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investments in the biological sciences. 
   * A 1-year AIBS membership, including a subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of ?Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.? 
   * An award certificate and membership in the EPPLA alumni network. 

The 2013 award is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior EPPLA winners and AIBS science policy interns/fellows are not eligible. 

Applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, 28 January 2013. The award application can be downloaded at . 

Julie Palakovich Carr 
Senior Public Policy Associate 
American Institute of Biological Sciences 
1444 I Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005 

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