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 12-13 September 2018. 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

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 of escorted visits to meet with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill.

Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant

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.

2018 Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant Recipients

SSA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Geo-CVD Travel Grant—Sutton Chiorini (Miami University) and Colin Pennington (The University of Oklahoma).

 Sutton Chiorini

Miami University

Colin Pennington

The University of Oklahoma

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