Each year we select up to six undergraduate or graduate students to accompany UCAR leadership to Washington, D.C.

Members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) will be your hosts and guides for this unique opportunity. 

In Washington, D.C., you will have the chance during two full days, June 4-5, 2019, to visit Capitol Hill, meet members of Congress and their staffs, attend a special briefing by Hill staffers on how Congress works, and attend other special events. 

If your video essay is selected, UCAR will cover round-trip travel expenses from your location to Washington, D.C., three nights lodging, and per diem for meals and incidental expenses. 

Video essay questions and contest form

In your video essay, be sure to include your name and please answer the following questions:  

  • What do you think is the most important thing for policymakers to know about Earth system science (weather, water, climate, air quality or space weather)?


  • What will this opportunity mean to your education and/or future career?

The video will be judged on the content of the answer only, not the video production quality. The time limit on the video is three minutes. Videos submitted longer than three minutes will not be considered. Please save the video as an .MP4.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit the contest form and then email the video to kellyp@ucar.edu. Both your video and the application form must be received by the deadline to be considered.

Official contest rules  


The submission period closes for the 2019 Capitol Hill Scholars Program at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019.