Geosciences Congressional Visits Day

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day LogoThe 2021 Geo-CVD will not be held due to COVID-19. Read on to learn more about the event, and please check back in 2022 for program details.

The 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) in September. 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 escorted visits to meet with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill.

If you’d like to learn more, we’ve made available the American Geophysical Union’s webinar on the Geo-CVD experience, which features Elizabeth Duffy, SSA’s Government Liaison. You will need to register to view the webinar recording.

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2021 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. Unfortunately, there will be no in-person component of the Geo-CVD this year, so we are not offering a travel grant. Please check back in 2022!

Review a Sample Application [122 KB].

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Past Travel Grant Recipients

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Marlon Ramos - At Work and Geo-CVD 2019

At Work: Marlon Ramos

An interview with past travel grant recipient, Marlon Ramos.
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