Science Student Council advocates for NIH funding during visits to Capitol Hill
SSC members met with their delegations and discussed the importance of NIH research funding, using their own research as examples of how psychological science addresses critical health questions facing the nation
Graduate student members of APA’s Science Student Council (SSC) got the chance to translate their research findings for a legislative audience when they met in Washington, DC in March. Science GRO staff provided “gradvocacy training” and sent SSC members up to Capitol Hill to meet with their delegations and discuss the importance of NIH research funding, using their own research as examples of how psychological science addresses critical health questions facing the nation. Many of the students met with freshmen members of Congress, an important group APA is targeting for education and advocacy efforts related to psychological science. Science GRO envisions bi-directional benefits from the day’s training and visits with Congressional staff; Congressional offices need information from scientists relevant to legislative decisions about NIH support, and young psychological researchers will take back information from the federal policy arena to inform their research and future advocacy in important ways.