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Participate in Congressonal Visits Day!

March 17-18, 2015

Help Educate Members of Congress About Photonics!



The NPI will be participating in this annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) event to talk about the importance of R&D funding, optics and photonics, and  other relevant legislation such as the America COMPETES Act.  Last year, the NPI had several legislative successes all thanks to the advocacy efforts by the NPI communicating with their members of Congress.  .

With so many new members of Congress, this is a great opportunity to establish a relationship with your Congressional offices and to educate your members of Congress on the importance of optics and photonics.

Each participant will be placed on a combined society team based on your geographic region. There will be training on March 17 in Washington, DC focusing on the NPI and how to have an effective meeting. That evening, you will have the opportunity to join colleagues at a reception on Capitol Hill. On March 18, you and your team will visit your Congressional representatives. Society staff will schedule and coordinate your day and will escort you to all of your meetings.

We do have a limited amount of travel grants available to students who have not participated in CVD in the past.  A special thanks to Thorlabs for their generous support.  To learn more about the grants and to apply, please contact Brandy Dillingham at

If you are interested in participating in Congressional Visits Day, please sign up by filling out the form below. Please contact Brandy Dillingham at or Krisinda Plenkovich at if you have any questions.



 IEEE Photonics Society