Science Policy

The Science Policy Initiative 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.

In January 2019, the SPI and PhD+ will once again partner to offer a one-week science policy boot camp, devoted to helping students become informed on the broad landscape of science policy careers and the foundational knowledge necessary to succeed in a science policy career.  Registration will be announced later in the fall of 2018. 

Related Events

October 11, 2018 | 9:00 am
Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall

The CASE (Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering) workshop is successful program hosted by AAAS, which brings together graduate students from universities across the country to Washington, D.C. Students selected by these institutions spend three days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget...

January 7, 2019 | 9:00 am
Nau Hall, Room 211

Introduction to Science Policy

J-term 2019 | 9:00am to 12:00pm, Jan. 7-11

Session 1: January 7,  9 am - Noon, Graduate Students ...

March 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm

Applicants must compile the following materials, in the order presented below, into a single PDF and upload through the online application form:

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

  • A one-page statement of interest, written by the student...
April 16, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Garrett Great Hall

THe Science Policy Initiative (SPI) and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy present "Science and Foreign Policy: A Perspective on the Iran Nuclear Deal", a lecture by Stephen Mull, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, UVA. 

Mull has served in a broad range of U.S. national security positions, most recently as Acting Under...