It’s no secret that NIH funding for the upcoming fiscal year is far from secure. As graduate students, we are shielded from much of the stress and effort required to fund the labs we work in, but as future scientists, we know that responsibility will be on our shoulders soon enough.
If you want to ensure funding for biomedical research continues even as the United States faces difficult budget decisions, this is the time to get involved.
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is sponsoring a campaign called “We Are Research” to give Congress a glimpse into the lives of the people performing the research they fund. To participate, all you have to do is take a photo of your lab with a sign proudly proclaiming “We are research!” and submit it to the ASCB website. Once you’re there, take a look at the other suggestions for additional ways to get involved.
To learn more about the current debate over the budget for the coming fiscal year, take a look at the updates on the Coalition for LifeScience (CLS) website. Consider joining the CLS to get timely updates on science policy issues and learn about the outreach opportunities they sponsor as well.
Irene Reynolds Tebbs
6th year, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry