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February 15, 2019

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

Three doctoral students from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tyler Bussian, Nazanin Yeganeh Kazemi, and Lindy Pence, are the recipients of a highly competitive . Through the CDI, Bussian, Kazemi, and Pence will attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop.

They will join other upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in Washington, D.C., on March 24-27, 2019, at the AAAS CASE workshop to study science policy and advocacy. They will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.

On the last day of the program, Bussian, Kazemi, and Pence hope to meet with Minnesota politicians Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Tina Smith, and Rep. Jim Hagedorn, according to CJ Prestegard, education administration coordinator at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has offered this CDI to doctoral students since 2016. CDIs are college-funded opportunities for upper-level Ph.D. students to spend 100 hours or more as interns in one of several career environments. CDIs are offered all year long and are often student initiated. Competitive CDIs, like the AAAS CASE workshop, are announced by email to current students.