Federal advocacy

  • Drafted language for the graduate STEM education section (section 5) on mentoring and professional development for graduate students and postdocs was incorporated into National Science Foundation for the Future Act – H.R.2225 (March 2021)
  • Drafted a STEM pipeline amendment to National Science Foundation for the Future Act – H.R.2225 which includes postdoctoral researchers as eligible recipients of the professional development supplement. This amendment was offered on Rep. Lofgren’s behalf by SST Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30). The amendment passed by voice vote with unanimous consent and was adopted during full committee mark-up. (June 2021) (Press release) (Recording)
    • Bill summary: advances policies and funding to raise the bar for the training, mentoring, and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
    • Federal update summary: Congressional Legislative Activity – Science Legislation – NSF for the Future Act authorizes funding opportunities for mentoring graduate and postdoctoral students. The bill as a whole passed the House by a vote of 345-67. (June 2021)
  • Contributed to document on priorities that UC would like to see addressed in reauthorization of the NSF in the 117th Congress (research, workforce diversity, graduate education & fellowships) (March 2021)

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