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SPS Congressional Visits Day

Read about the SPS CVD participant experiences: 2018

Society of Physics Students Congressional Visits Day (SPS CVD) is a program to support student engagement in science policy and advocacy on Capitol Hill.

This program has been retired as of 2021.

 SPS CVD Members on Capitol Hill


SPS CVD is a two-day annual event that brings SPS members to Washington, D.C. to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. While attending SPS CVD, members will have the opportunity to engage with and advocate on behalf of the science policy issues most important to STEM through interaction with members of Capitol Hill.

Accepted members will receive policy training via webinars and onsite in D.C. but are expected to have basic knowledge in science policy. 

Accepted members must be available for travel for up to 3 weekdays between mid-March 2018 to mid-April 2018 to participate in SPS CVD. Program dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be undergraduates and members of the SPS national organization
  • Students must either be a current Associate Zone Councilor (AZC) OR a Chapter Officer for their SPS Chapter
  • Students must have a strong interest in science policy

The SPS CVD Program accepts four total undergraduate SPS members. 

Application Information 

To be considered for SPS CVD, all applicants must complete the full SPS CVD Application in the online awards system - by January 15 at 11:59 PM EST.

The full SPS CVD Application includes: 

  • Applicant Information 
  • SPS CVD Short Answer Form 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Advisor Certification 

Selection Criteria

  • Scholastic record and potential for future success
  • Participation in SPS events and activities
  • Relevant interest and experience

Program Structure

  • All accepted members are required to attend the SPS webinar trainings
  • Members will also be expected to demonstrate knowledge of science policy and basic government processes and procedures prior to arriving in D.C.
  • Anticipated schedule for SPS CVD:
    • Monday - Members will travel to D.C. and check into hotel
    • Tuesday - Members will attend onsite training covering the following topics:
      • Policy and budget
      • Mock congressional visits
    • Wednesday - Congressional visits and debrief dinner
  • Travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed by SPS National
  • Participants must submit a 1-2 page report reflecting on their experience during SPS CVD within 10 business days following the program

For More Information

Read about student’s experiences on the Hill from 2015 and 2017.