is focused on creating better informed science and technology policy
through collaborations between scientists and policy-makers.
of our most pressing public policy issues have a strong science and
technology component, such as developing clean sources of energy and
using information technology to reduce medical errors and
administrative costs in our healthcare system. However, elected
officials often lack the technical expertise to make informed decisions
on these issues, and scientists and engineers rarely engage in the
address these needs, STEP is helping students build interdisciplinary
skills at the intersection of science and policy. STEP works
toward this goal through three activities: an annual White Paper
Competition, a monthly Seminar Series and a Science Policy Journal Club.