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Monday, February 13

STPP Certificate

Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPPGraduate Certificate Program at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy
Application DeadlineWednesday, February 15, 2017

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Why complete a graduate certificate 
in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP)?

Are you interested in the current politics of science and technology? Are you frustrated by policy gridlock over research funding for the Zika virus? Do you wonder how scientists and governments will navigate the ethical challenges of CRISPR/Cas9 technology? Are you interested in an alternative science or engineering career outside the lab? The STPP Program will provide you with tools to think through these questions and prepare you for a career that engages with science and technology policy.

STPP is a unique interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that draws Masters and PhD students from across University of Michigan’s campus. Its graduates take positions in government, non-governmental organizations, private industry including consulting, and academia.  

The certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work (3 core courses and 2 electives). STPP courses are designed to teach students:
  • how science and technology are influenced by politics and policy
  • the role of science and technology in the policymaking process
  • methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis
  • the political and policy landscape of specific science and technology areas, such as biotechnology, information and communication technology, and energy policy.    

Any student currently enrolled in a University of Michigan graduate degree program, carrying a B average or better, is eligible to submit an application to the STPP Graduate Certificate Program.

Application materials:
·      Completed STPP application cover sheet (available online)
·      2-page statement that explains the student’s interest in the Program, including relevant preparation
·      Current transcript 
·      Two letters of recommendation (one can be passed on from original graduate school application, one should be specific to STPP application)
·      Rackham forms (as necessary)

For more information, see: http://fordschool.umich.edu/stpp