Congressional Visits Day

Congressional Visits Day

The 2010 OSA CVD Team Conversation In front of the Capitol Consulting a brochure.

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What is Congressional Visits Day?

The Science-Enginering-Technology Working Group Congressional Visits Day (SET CVD) is a free event that takes place each Spring in Washington, D.C. OSA members join more than 250 of their colleagues from other scientific societies to raise the visibility and support of science, engineering and technology on Capitol Hill.

When is CVD?

The 2014 CVD will take place on March 25 and 26.  OSA will join SPIE, APS, IEEE Photonics Society and LIA in advocating for the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) and FY 2015 funding for S&T programs.
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Why Participate in Congressional Visits?

  • The US Congress shapes policy that directly affects scientists, including you in the optics and photonics community.
  • America's leaders not only determine government funding levels for research, but they also define what kind of research receives support.
  • Lawmakers also determine government support and programs for students including fellowship opportunities and programs at the K-12 level.
  • It is important that members of Congress hear directly from their constituents about the importance of these programs to their district, state, and the nation.
  • Events like this are a great way for scientist-constituents to advocate directly for issues like increased support and increased funding for:
    • Department of Defense research
    • NSF
    • NIST
    • DOE Office of Science