Science Policy Trek to Washington DC

Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Office is partnering with the University of Chicago Graduate Office and myCHOICE program to offer 2 postdocs an opportunity to visit Washington, DC from September 7-10th. Travel expenses will be supported by the Postdoctoral Program and the Argonne Leadership Institute. The objective of this trip is for postdocs and grad students to learn about careers in science policy and network with professionals in various governmental and non-governmental agencies.

A description of the trek and tentative agenda may be found at the MyCHOICE site.

In addition to the scheduled visits, there may be opportunities to meet with advisors and professionals in your area of interest. This opportunity was initiated and proposed by the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne. Please thank your officers!


1. Complete all fields in the application form
2. Email your CV and cover letter to with the subject line “DC Trek Application”
3. Address the following in your cover letter:
a. Your career goals related to science policy
b.  How the trek will further your career goals
c.  Any science policy experience


Tentative schedule of site visits

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
4:30 pm   — UChicago Office of Federal Relations, Pre-reception networking with State Department staff/alumni
5:00 pm   — UChicago Office of Federal Relations, Alumni reception

Thursday, September 8, 2016
9:00 am   — UChicago Federal Relations Staff
10:30 am — Association for Psychological Science
12:00 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm   — Environmental Protection Agency
3:30 pm   — Food and Drug Administration
5:00 pm   — Happy Hour with former and current Hill staffers

Friday, September 9, 2016
10:00 am — National Institutes of Health
11:30 am — American Association for the Advancement of Science
12:30 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm   — National Academies
3:00 pm   — National Science Foundation
5:00 pm   — Informal alumni gathering

Saturday, September 10, 2016
3:30 pm — Return flight to Chicago

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues. Henne has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University, a B.S. in biology from Governors State University, and an A.A.S. in radiography from Kankakee Community College. She came to Argonne as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biosciences Division in 2009 and became a program coordinator in 2011.
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