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Science Policy

The Science Policy Initiative (SPI) at UVA is a student organization empowering scientists and engineers to be more informed and involved in science policy.  The primary goals of the initiative are:

  1. Enhancing awareness among graduate students in engineering and science disciplines about fellowship and career opportunities in science policy.
  2. Providing support and resources for graduate students pursuing opportunities in science policy.
  3. Conducting professional development events to prepare graduate students for careers in science policy.
  4. Advocating to the university administration for support of graduate students pursuing policy careers.
  5. Facilitating community outreach events to increase awareness and understanding of scientific research among the community.

From January 6-10, 2020 the SPI and PhD+ will partner to offer a one-week science policy bootcamp.  Introducing a fresh format, the bootcamp is designed to help students 1) learn about science policy broadly; 2) practice some fundamential policy skills such as communication, negotiation, and writing policy briefs; and 3) think about avenues to science policy as a career option.  Registration for the bootcamp will be available around October 15, 2019.