APS student members are seeking signatures on a letter to Congress about the possible negative effects of sequestration, the across the board budget cuts scheduled to occur on Jan. 2nd 2013. The letter accompanies a webinar recently hosted by APS on student science advocacy.
During the webinar, student panelists John Mergo and Megan Comins discussed how they became involved in advocacy and shared their success stories.
Visiting their representatives, building relationships with Congressional staffers, writing op-eds, and serving in leadership roles have all resulted in positive feedback for Mergo and Comins.
Although they are examples of students who above and beyond the call of duty, sometimes all it takes is getting in touch with your representative through a letter to let your voice be heard. And that is exactly what students did at the end of the webinar.
Mergo and Comins joined together in signing on to a letter from students asking Congress to find a bipartisan path forward avoiding the damaging impact of sequestrations.
The letter discusses concerns students have regarding the effect sequestrations will have on future job prospects and research opportunities, amongst other negative effects. It is not just physics students involved in this letter. Students across scientific and engineering disciplines are being contacted by their professional societies and signing on.
With all the upcoming fiscal challenges, the science community needs to make sure its voice is heard, and the student voice is a highly effective one. Share this letter with students you know and encourage them to sign on with their peers, letting Congress know that allowing sequestrations to occur would be a disservice to the leaders, innovators, and scientists of tomorrow.