Cynthia Tope, a graduate student in the UGA Chemistry Department, has been awarded a sponsorship by the UGA Graduate School to attend the 2019 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cynthia is currently a third-year student under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Urbauer. She is one of only two UGA graduate students to be awarded this sponsorship. During this three-and-a-half-day program, which will take place March 24-27 in Washington, DC, Cynthia will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, including the federal budget and appropriations processes. Through interactive seminars, participants learn about policy-making and communication, gaining tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. On the last day of this program, Cynthia will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice and meet with Georgia-elected Members of Congress and their congressional staffs to advocate for STEM-related issues.