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

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.

2020 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.

Applications for the 2019 Travel Grant application are now closed. The 2020 Geo-CVD Travel Grant application period will open in June 2020.

Review a Sample Application [122 KB].

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

2019 Geo-CVD Student Travel Grant Recipients

The recipients of the 2019 Geo-CVD Travel Grant are Marlon Ramos (University of Michigan) and Dimitri Voytan (University of Texas, Austin).

Marlon Ramos (University of Michigan)

Dimitri Voytan (University of Texas, Austin)

Ramos and Voytan will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD). While attending the Geo-CVD, Ramos and Voytan will join researchers, professionals, educations, engineers and executives to discuss the importance of geoscience research with policy makers.