Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD)

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day LogoThe Seismological Society of America, in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and many other geoscience societies, invites geoscientists to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) on 10-11 September 2019. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Join us and your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals, students, educators, engineers and executives in Washington D.C. to raise visibility and support for the geosciences!

If you have questions about participating or would like to register for Geo-CVD, please email SSA at

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What To Expect

Participants will spend the first afternoon at a workshop honing their communication skills, learning how Congress works and how to conduct Congressional visits. They’ll also learn about relevant legislation, federal agencies and programs. At the end of the workshop, participants are given time to craft and practice their messages one-on-one with geoscience policy staff.

The second day will consist of escorted visits to meet with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill.

2019 Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant Application

Funded through contributions by SSA members, the Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant Program provides U.S. resident graduate student members of SSA up to $2,000 to cover transportation, lodging and food.

The Travel Grant application period will close 11 July 2019.

Review a Sample Application [122 KB].

Read on to learn about the 2018 Geo-CVD experience from past travel grant recipients.

2018 Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant Recipients

The recipients of the 2018 Geo-CVD Travel Grant were Sutton Chiorini (Miami University) and Colin Pennington (The University of Oklahoma).

 Sutton Chiorini

Miami University

Colin Pennington

The University of Oklahoma

Chiorini and Pennington travelled to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD). While attending the Geo-CVD, Chiorini and Pennington joined researchers, professionals, educations, engineers and executives to discuss the importance of geoscience research with policy makers.

Download this free SRL article [263 KB] to learn more about Chiorini and Pennington’s experience in D.C.