As president of the Boston University chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA), Photonics Center Ph.D. student Alket Mertiri met with members of congress in Washington D.C. to talk about support of sustained funding for science. On March 12-13, he participated in training programs and briefings from Congressional staff and staff from the Administrative and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Among the speakers was Kei Koizumi, a Boston University alumni who now is an adviser to President Barack Obama. During the meetings, Alket described the importance of funding science and engineering and discussed the impact those fields have on the economy, job creation and research advancements. He hopes that his visit brings awareness to the lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the importance of sustained funding in science and engineering. More information is available at: http://setcvd.org/.