The STPP program has demonstrated the immense benefits of its interdisciplinary approach to science and technology policy education.
With your support, we will be able to expand the STPP program in three ways:
1. We will increase our capacity to bring in more diverse cohorts with fellowship funding and support for research and teaching assistants.
2. We will increase the number and variety of our courses and workshops for students, including on how science and technology can be used to achieve goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
3. We will help students pursue learning opportunities outside the classroom. This will include funded internships and fellowships in the public, nonprofit, and research sectors, and the development of applied projects so students can bring their new knowledge and skills to real-world policymaking settings.
“The STPP certificate is an invaluable complement to a graduate degree at Michigan. Learning how political and cultural factors play into science and technology is an important perspective to have.”
– Esha Mathew (PhD, Cell Molecular Biology, STPP ’15), Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
“STPP played a key role in helping me understand information technology and other sciences as social and political processes which both improve and harm human well-being depending on how they’re structured. If we want sciences like robotics, GIS, and pharmaceutical chemistry to play positive, democratic roles in global society we have to treat them not as neutral tools, but as the results of and contributors to contests over power, wealth and knowledge.”
– Andrew Schroeder (MPP, STPP ’17), Co- Founder, WEROBOTICS
“As science and technology have become central to our daily lives, we need policy professionals who are able to anticipate the social, ethical, and economic implications of scientific and technological changes and have the skills to design policies that advance shared values and maximize public benefit.”
– Shobita Parthasarathy, Director of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program, Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Author of Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
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