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Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

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Want to master public policymaking on Capitol Hill?
Apply NOW for January-July 2019

Why a Women’s Public Policy Fellowship? The fellowships are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Administered by the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Washington, D.C., this program is unique – the only graduate-level fellowship program on Capitol Hill focused on women.
What does a Fellow do? Fellows work 40 hours each week in a congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WCPI staff. Orientation for the Class of 2019 will begin in early January 2019; office placement starts by the end of that month. The program runs until the end of July 2019.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within the past two years, are eligible. WCPI strongly recommends that applicants complete at least nine hours of graduate coursework before applying and display serious interest in research and policymaking relevant to women’s issues.
Selection Criteria: Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence as well as demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They must be articulate and adaptable and have strong writing skills. Fellows may come from virtually any field. WCPI promotes equal opportunity in its fellowship program and welcomes qualified applicants of any age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, experience, political affiliation, and academic field.

Award: Fellows will receive a stipend of approximately $3,400 gross per month for seven months (January-July). An additional sum of $1,000 is provided for the purchase of health insurance. Fellows are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, and for finding their own living arrangements.

Class of 2018 Fellows : Natalie Martinez, Jackii Wang, Frannie Einterz, Anna Le, and Elizabeth Brusseau are mastering public policymaking on Capitol Hill.
Class of 2018 Fellows : Natalie Martinez, Jackii Wang, Frannie Einterz, Anna Le, and Elizabeth Brusseau are mastering public policymaking on Capitol Hill.

The number of fellowships in 2019 will be dependent on funding. The five 2018 fellowships were made possible by grants from PepsiCo, Mylan, Amgen, Newcomb Institute of Tulane University, Walton Family Foundation, Kahn Education Foundation, and Kaplan, among others.

To Apply: Materials may be downloaded from WCPI’s website or obtained by mail from the Congressional Fellowship Program, Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, 409 12th Street, SW, Suite 702, Washington, DC 20024. Candidates may submit applications by mail or e-mail. No faxed applications will be accepted.
The application and supporting materials must be received by WCPI no later than Thursday, May 31, 2018.


State of Michigan Legislative Fellowship Program

Michigan House of Representatives

We are now accepting applications from undergraduate seniorslaw school or master’s students, and recent graduates (August 2017 through August 2018) from these programs.

As in previous semesters, this program is designed to provide a more comprehensive experience than a traditional Legislative Internship by offering additional professional development and networking opportunities, as well as a wage of $15.00 per hour.  Our goal through this program is to prepare each group of Legislative Fellows to join the workforce at the end of the semester.

We encourage applicants to be thorough in their preparations to apply for this opportunity.  While previous legislative or office experience is not required, we will be looking for strong candidates to participate to ensure the continued success of the program.  Please note, the application deadline is 5:00PM on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Here are the links to the Legislative Fellowship Program information:

Please feel welcome to contact our Human Resources department with any questions you may have regarding this exciting opportunity.

Primary Contact

Kaley Mae Rahl

Intern Coordinator

Michigan House of Representatives | Human Resources

PO Box 30014 | Lansing, MI 48909-7514

(517) 373-0993 | krahl@house.mi.gov

For further information about current internship postings, please visit
http://www.house.mi.gov/Jobs/employment.asp and select “House Internships”.


Mind Trekkers mentioned at “State of the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure” before House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power

On February 27, 2018, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena Texas, stressed the importance of K-12 STEM partnerships and their impact on creating a talent pipeline in her testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing: State of the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure.

“Closing the gap will require that multiple entities begin working together to understand the needs and ensure that applicable, highly-sought after skills are being taught to students. Through these partnerships, we can create a talent pipeline to enable graduates to move into rewarding careers, and also provide industry with a knowledgeable workforce, ” stated Hellyer.    Click here for the full testimony.

Among many of their outstanding programs and activities, “outreach STEM events have exposed more than 18,000 pre-college age students to the world of  STEM by partnering with Mind Trekkers from Michigan Technological University for a two-day STEM festival that brings experiments to local elementary schools and the community, and invites students to serve as judges for local school science fairs. The festival is sponsored by numerous industry partners including Dow Chemical Company, INEOS, Chevron Phillips, Austin Industries, LyondellBasell and PetrochemWorks. Dow has also donated $10,000 for San Jacinto College to create STEM kits for area schools that lost classrooms due to Hurricane Harvey.”

Michigan Tech is proud to be partner of San Jacinto Community College and all its efforts to advance learning, scholarship, and inspiration in tomorrow’s leaders.

For more information on Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers, please visit www.mindtrekkers.mtu.edu.

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Materials Science Students Promote Science on the Hill

April 18 - Materials students office visit
left to right: Michigan Tech students Jeffrey Brookins, Violet Thole, John Falecki, Jonah Jarczewski

On April 18th, Michigan Technological University materials science students took advantage of the opportunity to use their passion for science and technology to promote the importance of fundamental research.  As a part of The Material Advantage, a materials science professional society (materialadvantage.org), students met Congressional Members and Staffers from the State of Michigan, advocating for materials science through building relationships and educating policymakers about their concerns.

April 18 - Materials students Bergman's office visit
left to right: Jonah Jarczewski, Jeffrey Brookins, Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-1st District), Violet Thole, John Falecki

Graduate Students Jeffrey Brookins and Violet Thole also visited Capitol Hill in March through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop, a program designed to teach students about the federal budget process and effective science communication.

Moolenaars April 18 - Materials students office visit
left to right: John Falecki, Jonah Jarczewski, Violet Thole, Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-4th District), Jeffrey Brookins, Eva Vrana (Legislative Assistant)

 


Government Internships Available for Summer 2018

Have you ever wondered how our government works? Do you want to make a difference in public policy? Then you may be interested in a government internship.

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Internships provide an individual with a monitored or supervised work or service experience where the individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. These learning goals can include: academic learning, career development, skill development, and personal development. Federal or State internship programs are available to students across a wide variety of disciplines while gaining experience in government, politics, and international relations.

United States Congressional Offices

Working in a U.S. Senate or House office can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. An internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and observe first-hand how our government operates. Interns gain practical work experience by undertaking a variety of administrative and legislative responsibilities in the office. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. Positions are available both in Washington DC and the representatives’ local offices.

 

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Senator Gary Peters

(deadline March 1)

 

Stabenow, Debbie

 

Senator Debbie Stabenow

(deadline March 1)

 

Moolenaar, John

 

Congressman John Moolenaar (District 4)

(deadline February 16)

 

Bergman, Jack

 

Congressman Jack Bergman (District 1)

 

 

 

Federal Agency Internships

The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

(various deadlines)

 

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Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

(various deadlines)

 

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

(various deadlines)

 

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

(deadline March 1)

 

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National Security Agency (NSA)

(various deadlines)

 

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Department of State

(deadline for FALL, March 2)

 

 

Additional Resources (various deadlines)

 

State of Michigan

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The State of Michigan Internship Program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world experience with the largest employer in Michigan. The state of Michigan has multiple departments, jobs/internships, and locations to choose from.  All majors are welcome to apply.  We believe that State of Michigan interns are making it real, making it happen and making a difference!

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan

(various deadlines)

 

Academic Internship Programs

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Since 1975, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has helped more than 50,000 students from around the world gain valuable experience, and set them on a course of achievement, leadership, and engagement in their communities. In a recent survey, 98% of TWC interns said our program significantly strengthened their career prospects. Now, our alumni are leaders in virtually every field — public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more.

(deadline February 21)

 DC Internships

 

 

Since 1967, DC Internships and The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been a leader in educating young people from around the world in the fundamental principles of American democracy and our free market system. TFAS has been the launching pad for nearly 17,000 students who have participated in our programs in Washington, DC and around the world in Asia, Europe, and South America. Alumni of our program are leaders in government, business, the media and nonprofit sector.

(deadline March 13)

 

Any Questions? Please contact Brent Burns at bburns@mtu.edu or 906-487-3674


Webinar – Updates to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

See https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190643 for full info.

Changes Go Into Effect January 30, 2017

January 19, 2017 1:00 PM  to
January 19, 2017 2:30 PM
Webinar

 

The National Science Foundation is pleased to announce that it will offer a Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Update Webinar to the public on Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST.

The webinar will provide an overview of significant changes and clarifications to the PAPPG that will take effect for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. The PAPPG details NSF’s proposal preparation and submission guidelines, and provides guidance on managing and monitoring the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.

There is no cost to participate. To register yourself, and/or others for this webinar, please proceed to the webinar registration site.

 

Meeting Type
Outreach, Webcast

Contacts
Registration Questions, (703) 245-7407, grants_conference@nsf.gov
Preferred Contact Method: Email
Policy Questions, (703) 292-8243, policy@nsf.gov
Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Office of Budget Finance & Award Management

Related Websites
NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17001
Webinar Registration: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=208602&
NSF Policies & Procedures: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/


Peters-Gardner American Innovation and Competitiveness Act to be Signed into Law

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen R&D, Boost Manufacturing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2016

Allison Green

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Zade Alsawah

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Media@peters.senate.gov

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved theAmerican Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by U.S Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with John Thune (R-SD), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), thatmaximizes basic research opportunities, reduces administrative burdens for researchers, encourages scientific entrepreneurship, and promotes oversight of taxpayer-funded research. The legislation also promotes diversity in STEM fields, incentivizes private-sector innovation, and aims to improve advanced manufacturing and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a public-private partnership to support small and medium-sized manufacturers. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the legislation last week.

This legislation marks the first major update to federal research and technology policy to originate in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in more than a decade.

“Cutting-edge innovation and scientific research drive our economy forward by supporting new advances in manufacturing, creating new jobs and promoting our nation’s competitiveness,” said Senator Peters, Ranking Member of the Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee. “I am pleased that the House passed this bipartisan legislation that maximizes federal investments in basic science research, strengthens STEM education programs to build a skilled workforce and supports services that make small and medium-sized manufacturers globally competitive. I was honored to work with Senator Gardner to craft this legislation to help America stay ahead of the curve in our increasingly competitive world.”

“The House’s passage of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act is a major step forward for the science and research community, and I thank Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson for working in good faith with the Senate to achieve this success,” said Senator Gardner. “We’ve worked for more than 18 months with the scientific community, industry, universities, and other interested stakeholders to craft a bill that reflects the needs of America’s science and technology enterprise and I will continue to work to ensure their needs are addressed in Congress. The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act has made science bipartisan again, and I look forward to the President signing this legislation into law and helping to keep America competitive across the globe.”

Highlights of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

Maximizing Basic Research

  • Highlights Peer Review: Reaffirms the appropriateness of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) intellectual merit and broader impacts criteria used to evaluate grant proposals.
  • Keeps Government Accountable to Taxpayers: Promotes transparency by requiring public notices of grants to justify the project’s expenditures and confirm that they align with NSF’s priorities.
  • Broadens Research Opportunities: Updates NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to continue promoting groundbreaking research in states that receive relatively little federal research money.
  • Modernizes Existing Programs: Includes updates to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) programs, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) laboratory and education outreach programs.

Administrative and Regulatory Burden Reduction

  • Reduces Paperwork Burdens: Establishes an inter-agency working group to provide recommendations on eliminating unnecessary paperwork for researchers and institutions.
  • Streamlines Government: Repeals obsolete agency reports and unfunded government programs.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Enhances Scientific Community Input: Establishes a STEM Advisory Panel composed of academic and industry representatives to provide recommendations on federal STEM programs.
  • Promotes Diversity in STEM Fields: Creates a working group to study how to improve inclusion of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM fields and reaffirms the necessity of broadening participation in STEM fields through NSF programs.

Leveraging the Private Sector

  • Incentivizes Private-Sector Innovation: Updates prize competition authority to encourage greater participation in federal prize competitions.
  • Expands Opportunities for Public Involvement: Permits federal science agencies to use crowdsourcing as a tool to conduct agency projects.

Manufacturing

  • Encourages Improved Manufacturing: Adjusts the federal cost-share ratio and implements new accountability and oversight provisions within NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.

Innovation and Technology Transfer

  • Bolsters Scientific Entrepreneurship: Authorizes the successful I-Corps program to help scientists move their research from the laboratory to the marketplace.
  • Reaffirms Importance of Commercialization: Directs NSF to continue awarding translational research grants and strengthen public-private cooperation.

Washington Update: Continuing Resolution Funds Government Through April 28; Details on the 21st Century Cures Act; and More

DECEMBER 14, 2016

Continuing Resolution Funds Government Through April 28
Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to extend funding for most of the federal government at current (FY2016) levels until April 28, 2017. President Obama signed the CR into law on Saturday, December 10.

The CR includes a 0.19 percent across-the-board cut for all accounts and maintains the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Control Act sequester cap of $1.07 trillion. The stopgap measure will allow appropriators to complete work on the FY2017 spending bills in the 115th Congress, after President-elect Trump takes office.

There are some exceptions to flat funding (known as “anomalies”) included in the CR, such as  $872 million for accounts funded by the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act, including $352 million for the NIH Innovation Projects account. The funding measure also extends the Department of Education’s authority to make account maintenance fee payments to guarantee agencies under the Federal Family Education Loan Program for an additional year.

Other anomalies include $170 million to address water infrastructure and health needs in Flint, Michigan, $4.1 billion in disaster relief funds to respond to recent major flood and hurricane damage, and $45 million to extend health care coverage for retired coal miners into the next year.

Details on the 21st Century Cures Act 
Yesterday, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The law provides $4.8 billion in discretionary funding for a special “Innovation Projects” account to support specific initiatives at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next ten years, including $1.8 billion for the Cancer Moonshot; $1.564 billion for the BRAIN Initiative, and approximately $1.5 billion for the Precision Medicine Initiative. The legislation provides funding offsets for the Innovation Projects account including rescissions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) public health and prevention fund, unused funds from territories for ACA exchanges, reductions in overpayments in Medicare/Medicaid, and sales from the strategic petroleum oil reserve.

Additionally, the law creates a “Next Generation of Researchers Initiative” to promote and improve opportunities for new researchers. It also includes language to reduce regulatory burdens for researchers and would establish the Research Policy Board at the Office of Management and Budget in the White House.

The Cures Act reauthorizes NIH for FY2018-FY2020, providing an NIH authorization of $36.47 billion by FY2020, an increase of $4.4 billion over current funding levels.

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Extend DACA Benefits

Also last Friday, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced S. 3542, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. The bill would extend temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization to current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the bill, “DREAMers” (young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by others) who are not current DACA recipients but are eligible for the program may also apply and receive “provisional protected presence” and employment authorization for three years. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are original co-sponsors of the bill. APLU’s statement of support for the BRIDGE Act is available here.

Senate Passes FY2017 NDAA Conference Report 
Last week, the Senate passed the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. For FY2017, the NDAA conference agreement would authorize Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Research (6.1) at $2.142 billion (FY2016 is $2.309 billion), Science and Technology (6.1-6.3) at $12.489 billion (FY2016 is $13.251 billion), and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at $2.957 billion (FY2016 is $2.891 billion).

The NDAA also extends the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program until FY2022 (Sec. 1834). The bill does not include any changes to the SBIR/STTR set-aside.

The NDAA conference agreement also establishes the Manufacturing Engineering Education program (Sec.215), which would award grants to industry, non-profits, university or consortiums of such groups, to enhance or establish new programs in manufacturing engineering education. The Manufacturing Engineering Education program language is a slightly modified version of the Manufacturing Universities language originally included in the Senate-passed FY2017 NDAA bill.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

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Content Courtesy of APLU

http://www.aplu.org/news-and-media/blog/washington-update-president-obama-signs-21st-century-cures-act-into-law-continuing-resolution-funds-government-through-april-28-and-more


DC Alumni Chapter Tours Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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Verity Flower ’15 Geology PhD, NASA volcanologist, explaining volcanoes to the group

December 6, 2016

Alumni spanning five decades of graduates gathered in Washington DC’s Smithsonian Museum of Natural History for a special guided tour the Earth Sciences exhibit with Michigan Tech’s Dean of Engineering, and world-renowned geophysicist Wayne Pennington.

In addition to visiting some of the Keweenaw’s own precious metals within the Smithsonian collection, the group went behind the scenes to view the Ontonogan Boulder, an exhibit with a storied past to the Upper Peninsula, acquired by Washington before the Smithsonian existed. http://anthropology.si.edu/repatriation/reports/regional/northeast/ontonagon.htm.

They also received a special impromptu lesson in the science of volcanoes from Verity Flower ’15 Geology PhD, NASA volcanologist. (pictured)

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Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian with the Ontonagon Boulder