SPAG was started as an organized forum for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff to advocate for issues revolving around science policy.
We have since grown to an organization that not only participates in advocacy on a federal level, but that also commits itself to local and state level advocacy, to outreach and to education. Our central aim is to train developing scientists how to be effective advocates for science. We encourage the conversation between researchers and legislators, to inform effective policy making. In doing so we strive to provide the skills and experience necessary for pursuing a career engaged in policy.
As a part of our advocacy work, we have engaged local and federal legislators through multiple avenues to discuss matters such as science funding. Our outreach work involves improvement of communication between scientists and the general public, including education of the general public about what their support allows us to do as scientists. Outreach also involves volunteering to teach children about science and technology.
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