Upcoming Classes

Science and Technology Policy Academy Mission

If you’re interested in science & technology policy, you’ve probably already been to any number of free webinars and panel discussions about Policy Careers, How Washington Works, How to Write a Memo, and similar topics.  You also know that getting a policy fellowship or job in science & technology is very competitive.


But you are now at the stage where you need to go beyond these free options as you keep hearing the same advice over and over again.  Yet, you don’t have the time or money for yet another degree or a traditional class. 


If you’re a student, you can’t fit in a public policy class in an already packed schedule.  And if you’re working on your dissertation, your lab chief doesn’t want you to take time off from your research to explore a non-research career option.  Plus, many universities and colleges, don’t even have a public policy school where you can take classes.


And you’re concerned that even if you took this option, you’re not sure if the faculty have the practical experience you need to be more competitive than your many peers who are also interested in science & technology.


You may also lack a mentor to help you navigate the world of science & technology policy knowledge, analytical techniques, and careers.  Few science & engineering faculty delve into science & technology policy, and of those who do, even fewer have learned the skills behind policy analysis or ever been in an S&T policy career.


And, if you’re currently in a job or fellowship, you may be the only scientist or engineer interested in a policy career.  You’d also like to determine how best to bridge that first job or fellowship into a long-term career.  The result: You find yourself needing more analysis and career guidance than your supervisors can provide. 


Your goal, and that of others who are part of this community, is to provide the latest scientific and technical knowledge AND policy analysis to enhance societal outcomes in energy, the environment, health, housing, global diplomacy, innovation, and a host of other issues.  The challenge is how to get there.


The Science & Technology Policy Academy (STPA) was created to meet your needs through discussions with people just like you.  You can start out with our Level 1 class that provides the foundations of science & technology policy.  If you've already gathered that knowledge elsewhere you can move to our Level 2 class that provides a quick start to build your policy analysis skills.  You can then optimize your quantitative and analytical skills in our Level 3 class where you'll learn about benefit-cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and risk analysis.  In Level 4, you'll learn how to evaluate policies and programs to assess how successful they have been in achieving societal goals.  At each level, you'll earn a digital badge and you can complete all levels to achieve a certificate in science and technology policy.  Wherever you begin, you can leverage your new knowledge and skills to enhance your competitiveness for policy-related positions and assignments.

Five Keys for Success

The Science and Technology Policy Academy  will provide you with five keys for success:


1. Expertise:  The knowledge and skills you need so you are more competitive for jobs and fellowships in science and technology policy.

2. Implementation Support: Individual vetted writing and analysis samples that you can use to apply for jobs and fellowships.

3. Community: A network of scientists, engineers, and health professionals who are also serious about a job in science & technology policy who can help each other reach their goal.  You can remain part of this community even after your class ends.

4. Accountability:  Through micro-assignments, weekly check-ins, group phone calls, you’ll have in place accountability measures that encourage you to take time out of your busy schedule to focus on your own success.

5. Coaching:  Every class will come with a coaching call to help you better understand your career options. Ask me anything.


Founder and Chief Instructor

Hi!  My name is Dr. Deborah D. Stine. For over 30 years, I've been fortunate enough to work for some of the top organizations in the country as a translator of science and technology to policy makers.  I've worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research Service; the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve influenced countless public policies throughout my career through my understanding of science, engineering, technology, and public policy.


I've taught and mentored hundreds of people just like you to help them go into interesting careers in science & technology policy.  I was the founding director for the Christine Mirzayan Fellowship Program at the National Academies and managed it for its first ten years.  I have also been on selection committees for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellowship program and directly mentored interns and fellows for several years when I was at the Obama White House.


Many of the scientists, engineers, and health professionals who I’ve mentored have gone on to successful careers in the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, business, and industry. Now I'd like to provide that same knowledge and guidance to you.


Based on the research I conducted with people like you, I found the chief knowledge gap to successfully landing a public policy position are analytical techniques.  The first step in developing an understanding of analytical techniques is to learn how to conduct a public policy analysis.  From there, you can understand how other analytical techniques like benefit-cost analysis fit into the picture of analyzing policy.

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Melody Tan, PhD Candidate, Rice University

"I'm glad I took this course [Level 2] because, while I've been through many SciPol 101 workshops, I was having difficulty finding training opportunities for higher-level skills. I gained a lot from the process of developing my policy analysis question and options, and workshopping these through one-on-one calls with Debbie. I also appreciated learning about frameworks for evaluating policy, e.g., benefit cost analysis and prince analysis."


Katherine Himes, Director,  McClure Center for Public Policy Research, U. of Idaho

"Thank you very much for all of your work on the Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship orientation [Level 1].  We are deeply appreciative of your ability to quickly develop curriculum (with Idaho-specific examples), create online learning platforms, author daily emails (with Idaho photos), and cover so many topics in breadth and depth.  You made our orientation a huge success.  You brought rigorous science policy to Idaho."

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Caroline Schuerger, PhD Candidate, Cleveland Clinic

"I truly learned so so much from this course [Level 2] and will definitely benefit me and my career. You're a great teacher and I appreciate you being able to approach policy teaching from the scientific perspective."

In-depth Science & Technology Policy Education and Coaching for those Serious About a Career in Science & Technology Policy