GradImpact: Linking Scientific Research to the Public Good

    As members of the University of Missouri—Columbia Graduate Professional Council, Rachel Owen and Michael Hendricks recognized the impact of science policy on their doctoral research. Upon learning of a state science policy fellowships program in California, Owen (Ph.D. candidate, School of Natural Resources) and Hendricks (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science) set out to start a similar program in Missouri. What developed are the Missouri Science & Technology (MOST) Policy Fellows, and Co-Directors Owen and Hendricks hope the program ensures legislators understand the benefits and consequences of their policies to the scientific community.


    The proposed fellowship model will provide an opportunity for in-state doctoral graduate students who wish to work in science policy upon graduation to work in the state legislature in Jefferson City. Owen and Hendricks argue that retaining students within the state that invested in their training and education is in the state’s best interest. MOST is currently fundraising and hopes to have raised enough money to fund a fellowship for the 2021 legislative session.


    “Just doing my science isn’t really enough,” Owen said. “That is enough for a lot of people, but I really want to be able to connect my science with society and make my science, or make other people’s science, more impactful.” To learn more about Rachel and Michael’s work visit the Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows website.


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