Congressional Visits Day

The Material Advantage Congressional Visits Day event gives US-based Material Advantage Student Members an exciting opportunity to visit with legislators and congressional staff from their own states. The goal of the event is to educate Congress about the importance of research in materials science, engineering, and manufacturing and the need to increase federal R&D funding.

Don’t miss this vital opportunity to emphasize the long-term importance of science, engineering, and technology through meetings with congressional decision makers.

Please join us for the 2021 Material Advantage Virtual Congressional Visits Day event on April 20-22, 2021!

Please note:

  • Applications will be accepted only from students who reside in, or are attending schools in the United States.
  • CVD opportunities are best suited for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; however, international students who are attending schools in the United States can participate if space is available.
  • Applicants must be a member of the Material Advantage student program to participate. Become a member!
  • A maximum of five (5) students from any one university will be eligible to attend the CVD event(s).
  • Registrations will be processed on an individual first come, first served basis based upon the criteria noted above.

Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you to this year’s registrants!

If you have questions about the event, contact Yolanda Natividad, the ACerS liaison to the Material Advantage student program. 

2021 Material Advantage Virtual Congressional Visits Day

2021 CVD Schedule

April 20, 2021 – Welcome event
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

April 21 and 22, 2021 – Virtual Congressional Visits

April 22, 2021 – Optional networking and speaker event
7:00 p.m. Eastern

Making Congressional Appointments

Students and faculty, participating in CVD will be making appointments with their representatives in Washington DC.*

There are three ways to make contact for a meeting: phone calls, email, and some members of congress have online request forms on their websites. The “scheduler” is the key point of contact when making Congressional appointments.

Participants should provide information about who they are and why they would like to meet with a staff member. Provided for your reference and to download, is a draft email template (which could also be used as a template for a phone call).

Since we will be meeting virtually this year, make sure to ask what platform(s) would be appropriate to meet and be ready to provide some options. Services such as Google Meet provide free access. Also, be sure you are familiar with whatever platform you use and are able to provide the office with the correct contact information.

Shown below are some helpful links to find your Senate and Representative contact information:

U.S. House of Representatives – Find Your Representative
United States Senate – List of Senators
Congressional Districts Map

Additionally, a web page has been created that includes the Material Advantage handout for viewing and/or downloading at This web page is also referenced in the email template provided above.

*The 2021 CVD event is entirely virtual and there will be no travel needed.

Webinar Training Sessions

Material Advantage organizes mandatory webinar training sessions for participants.

On the webinar, CVD participants will be given preparation materials that have an emphasis on funding for the materials science and engineering field. The training will also include general tips on organizing your visits, rules for congressional meetings, and how Congress works.

In addition to the prep materials, participants will be required to let the facilitators know who they have contacted and gotten a response from, what their congressional schedule is so far, and who is still pending.


All travel and lodging details must be coordinated by attendees.*

*The 2021 CVD event is entirely virtual and there will be no travel needed.