Spring Seminar: Shaping National Science Policy

"Shaping National Science Policy" (Bio 362, Phys 202) is a Spring Semester seminar that introduces juniors and seniors to science advocacy and practical politics. The seminar begins with introductory discussions of the political system. Then, it transitions into hardball politics with guest lectures from congressional science staff, science journalists, lobbyists, and pollsters. The seminar concludes with an examination of five case studies in science advocacy. Students work on one project throughout the semester. They break into teams, identify a politically relevant science-issue of their own choosing, develop an advocacy strategy, and then take their issue to Congress. Click for recent Student Success Stories. The seminar is three credits. Biology students count one credit towards a degree. Physics students count the class as a restricted elective towards a degree.