“Science, by itself, provides no panacea for individual, social, and economic ills. It can be effective in the national welfare only as a member of a team…”
Vannevar Bush, Pioneering engineer and science administrator (1945)
In the spirit of Ut Prosim, Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff are leaders in using their technical knowledge to tackle complex problems. The Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy (STEP) program builds on that excellence and commitment to service.
The STEP program enhances the capacities of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health care (STEM-H) students, practitioners, and scholars to be effective participants and collaborators in policy processes. The program develops participants’ abilities to engage with complex public problems, recognizing that they are social and technical in nature.
Program goal: Develop and enhance STEM-H students, practitioners, and scholars’ understanding of policy processes and capacity to integrate scientific and engineering knowledge with public policy reasoning.
Target audience: Virginia Tech community members and outside partners primarily from STEM-H disciplines but with an interest in policy processes.
STEP PROGRAM NEWS
- Recording & Slides from Lynn Scarlett’s Keynote Seminar May 10, 2021
- Fall 2021 STEP course offerings April 26, 2021
- Inaugural STEP Keynote Seminar – Lynn Scarlett on Climate change, conservation, and communities: Taking Science to Action (4/27/21) April 5, 2021
- Graduate Certificate Official! February 1, 2021
- Second class: Decision Making, Reflective Practice, and Engagement January 20, 2021
- Policy Gateway course – REGISTRATION OPEN! Fall 2020 August 13, 2020
- VT student interested in science policy, education, and advocacy? Join SPEAC! July 23, 2020
- COVID-19 Wakeup Call July 1, 2020