New Course Offered Spring '17: Introduction to Science Policy for STEM

STONY BROOK, NY -- Want to learn how science influences governmental policy? Or how decisions made in Washington affect the scientific workforce? Are you interested in finding out about broader opportunities?

The Introduction to Science Policy for STEM GRD-520 course provides students with a better understanding of the science, technology and innovation (STI) concepts used in developing effective policies. This 1-credit-hour course is designed to teach engineering and science graduate students the main concepts in science, technology and innovation policy.

By taking this course students will be able to: learn how science influences the rules and regulations that affect the public, make connections with science policy experts, stay informed of opportunities in the world of science policy.

During the Spring 2017 semester, from January 27th-March 24th, the class meets Fridays at 4pm-6pm in (tentatively) in the Computer Science Building room 1441 (the Department of Technology and Society Wing).

This class is geared towards graduate students in STEM sciences who have been granted permission to advance to candidacy (generally 3rd year and above). Students can register for the class on Solar starting January 1st, 2017. To learn more about the course take a look at the syllabus or contact the course director, Dr. Thomas Woodson (

Syllabus: Introduction to Science Policy for STEM syllabus.pdf