Boston University Science Policy Network (BUSPN)
Boston University Science Policy Network (BUSPN) is a science policy group committed to fostering a community of scientists engaged in public policy.
- Promote understanding of the role of science in informing policy both nationally and internationally
- To support interested graduate students and post-docs on the path to developing a career in policy
- To communicate the importance of science-led initiatives in legislation to the general public
To these ends, we have wide-ranging plans that include community outreach, inviting science policy experts to BU for talks, hosting student-led round table policy discussions, and sponsoring career exploration activities. We are also a chapter of the National Science Policy Network, opening up BUSPN members to a network of collaborations, the Annual Science Policy Symposium, and unique opportunities to practice engagement in science policy and apply for support for policy-related activities.
Whether you are aiming to make a difference with your career in the future, or are eager to help people in a concrete way during the course of your studies, the BUSPN community can help you transform your curiosity and good intentions into action.
Meet the current board:
President: Tara Miller, PhD Candidate
Vice President: Jessica Wright, PhD Candidate
Treasurer: Callie Donahue, PhD Student
Secretary: Kathryn Atherton, PhD Student
Communications Liaison: Lucila Houttuijn Bloemendaal, PhD Candidate
Science Policy Resources
MIT Policy Lab EdX course
Register to take the online course for free at this link: https://www.edx.org/course/tools-for-academic-engagement-in-public-policy
The MIT Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies (PL@CIS) launched an EdX course entitled “Tools for Academic Engagement in Public Policy.” This short course provides a clear, concise, high quality resource for scientists and engineers who are seeking to inform the development of public policy with their research.
Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition: http://science-engage.org/index.html
National Science Policy Network: http://scipolnetwork.org/
List of science policy opportunities: http://www.science-policy.net/internships–fellowships.html
Public Policy Summer Fellowship, a summer paid fellowship to work in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area, through the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Switzer Fellowship, a yearlong fellowship supporting graduate students interested and working in environmental science, policy, justice, public health, and more.
- Attend events, town halls, and city council meetings
- Citizens’ Legislation Seminar – be nominated by your state senator
- Write op-eds or letters to editor in local paper (seek guidance from communications and public relations offices)
- Write for BU Today’s POV (point of view) section
- Be an informed voter
- Do a Reddit AMA
- How to make an impact in science policy as a graduate student