School of Public Policy Collaborating on Science, Technology, and Policy Workshop Series

The School of Public Policy is collaborating this year with the Institute for Social Science Research, the College of Engineering, the UMass Graduate School, the Department of Political Science, and the National Center for Digital Government to offer a series of workshops on "Science, Technology and Policy" for doctoral students in the natural sciences and engineering.

The series offers a "bootcamp" of sorts for those interested in how scientists' work is shaped by public policy and the roles that scientists, in turn, can play in shaping those policies.

Partial support for the series comes from the National Science Foundation.

In this series of workshops, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to interact with the policy process.  Each team will be assigned a broad scientific area of study and will choose a specific topic and part of the policy process for their workshop. 

Teams will present what they have completed at the end of the series. Faculty advisors will be present to workshop ideas and products.

The first workshop in the series took place on January 19th, 2017 and was facilitated by Brenda Bushouse, a joint faculty member in political science and public policy, and Henry Chang, who teaches about the federal budget process each year at SPP.

Workshop Series Schedule (Location TBD):

  • February 6th, 2017  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • March 6th, 2017  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • April 3  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • May 1  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

More information on the workshop series can be found here and will be updated frequently.