As previous communication has stated, there is language afoot in the federal budget to eliminate the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program.

In the president’s FY2015 budget request for the DOE Office of Science, the DOE CSGF is explicitly not funded. The reference is on page 261 in this document.

Our understanding is that the DOE CSGF is once again caught up in the administration’s STEM consolidation initiative. The good news is that we understand that congress continues to be very supportive of the DOE CSGF. However, the reality is that we need to reiterate community support for the program once again this year.

Congressional offices prefer electronic submission for letters. U.S. Postal Service mail can take over three weeks to reach a congressional office, so email is the most effective.

For the purposes of this communication request, you should write to the leadership below (please note that the House subcommittee has a new chairman this year):

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Please use the links provided to contact ranking Senate leadership via their individual websites.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
  • Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID), Chairman (address as "Dear Chairman Simpson")
    At this time, the only way to reach Congressman Simpson is via a printed letter sent postal mail to: Congressman Mike Simpson, 2312 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.
  • Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ranking Member (address as "Dear Ranking Member Kaptur")

Keep your letter short and to the point. Three paragraphs broken out in the following way may be effective:

  1. Introduce yourself and say what compelled you to write. (The first line of your letter to Senators Feinstein and Alexander should say something such as: “I would like to thank you for your support of the DOE CSGF program last year. Unfortunately, I am writing to you again this year because the program once again needs your support.”)
  2. Briefly discuss the importance of the DOE CSGF to you and your career path. Some topics here could include interest in working for a national laboratory, research opportunities, research trajectory affected by the lab experience, etc. You may want to include comparisons of the DOE CSGF to other fellowships and indicate why the DOE CSGF is superior. You can certainly use the body of the letter you wrote last year.
  3. Conclude with your call to action. Clearly state what you want your Congressional representative to do. Ask the elected officials to keep the funding for the DOE CSGF to remain at the FY2014 level.

Please select ENERGY as your topic. It seems like education would be a reasonable choice, but in order for your letter to be the most effective, it needs to be submitted under the topic of ENERGY. The elected officials listed above are being addressed in their capacities as Chairmen or Ranking Members of the DOE Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

It does not matter since you are writing as a private citizen and not as a federal employee. You must use your personal contact information and email/mailing addresses for this correspondence and not your .gov or office address. Using federal resources would be a violation of federal ethics rules.

No. When contacting the elected officials identified above regarding the DOE CSGF, only the fellowship and DOE should be mentioned. Krell is irrelevant to keeping the fellowship funded and structured appropriately.