Material Advantage

Another Successful Congressional Visits Day

Congressional Visits Day (CVD), organized each year by the Material Advantage Student Program, was held on April 10 and 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. The CVD is an annual event that brings students to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology.

Thirty seven students and faculty from 13 universities attended this year’s CVD event. CVD is a unique opportunity for materials science and engineering students to advocate for long-term funding for science, engineering and technology through meetings with Congressional decision makers. Security was tight due to sequestration, and the students witnessed thousands of people rallying for immigration on the Capitol lawn which made getting around DC very busy and hectic, but the weather was great, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.

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The CVD 2013 students and faculty pose for a photo after the opening reception.