Science to Policy (S2P) Program

Course Objectives:

This competitive program is meant to bridge the science-policy gap through a series of virtual and face to face presentations and workshops designed for graduate students in the sciences, engineering, and medicine who are interested in learning more about science policy, education, advocacy, and communication. The goals are to help graduate students cultivate a knowledge base and tangible skills they can use to translate their science into public policy or transition into policy careers.

Tangible Outcomes:

As part of the course, students will build an S2P portfolio that will include a short “bumper-sticker” bio, op-ed, policy memo, CV or resume, and personal statement for a policy job application or fellowship. Detailed feedback on these materials will be provided and revisions are expected. Upon successful completion of the certificate program and S2P portfolio, students will be awarded a certificate signed by the Dean of the Graduate Division, the Director of Grad Success, the Director of the Science to Policy program, and the Dean of the School of Public Policy. Students will also receive a confidential letter of reference from the Director of the Science to Policy Program. Graduates of the certificate program and their op-eds will be featured on the S2P website.

Meeting Dates:

The certificate program meetings will be held Thursday evenings from 4-6 pm in the Winter 2019 quarter.

Application period:

The application for the 2019-20 cohort will open on October 7th and close on November 22nd. After this period, the advisors of shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further information. Final notifications will be sent sometime around mid-December.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form and submit materials before Nov 9th. The application will be posted on October 7th.
  2. Alert your advisor that if you are shortlisted, he/she will be sent a brief questionnaire on or before November 22nd that will be due by December 1st.