Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett: A Public Talk on Science-Based Legislation

Senator Bennett (D-Champaign) will be giving a short lecture based on his experience working with scientists to craft legislation within the Illinois Senate. He will help explain how scientists are able to contribute their knowledge and research throughout the legislative process, followed by a short question and answer period. The public talk on the University read more »

Publicity: Science Policy Group Hosts Brown Bag Luncheon About Diversity Initiatives in STEM

Check out a great article from I-STEM about our Diversity Policy Discussion: On April 19th, a number of University folk interested in increasing diversity in STEM attended a brown bag luncheon, “Diversity Initiatives in STEM.” The featured speakers at the event were Ellen Wang Althaus, Director of Graduate Diversity in the Chemistry Department, and Jennifer Greene, read more »

Publicity: Science Policy Group Seeks to Foster Careers in, Educate About, and Advocate for Science Policy

Check out this article from the I-STEM Education Initiative on SPG’s beginnings, recent efforts, & future goals! “We are only as powerful as the people that decide to join.” – Libby Haywood, MCB Graduate Student and Chair of the SPG Professional Development Committee While the Science Policy Group, which began in January of 2017, read more »

May Events

Upcoming Science Policy Fellowship Workshop The Professional Development Committee is planning a Science Policy Fellowship Workshop to take place this summer. We would like to know the policy fellowships you are interested in so we can build our workshop around your interests! Please fill out our survey by Friday, May 12th to give your input. read more »

UIUC Student Day at the Capitol

Illinois Connection hosted its annual “Student Day at the Capitol” event facilitated by the Student Advocacy Coalition, bringing together students from all three U of I campuses.  The main objective this year was advocating for funding public higher education in the state of Illinois.  Students met with representatives and senators of the state legislature to read more »

Diversity Initiatives in Stem: Brown Bag Lunch

Science Policy Group is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on diversity policy initiatives in STEM! The goal of this discussion is to introduce policies that promote diversity in STEM (such as NSF’s Broadening Participation Initiatives), to understand how these policies were drafted, and to evaluate their ability to recruit underrepresented groups to STEM fields. read more »

April Events

Our monthly email can be found here: Subscribe here: Call a Representative Day The Advocacy Committee has organized Call a Representative Day for members of our campus community to contact their elected officials because of significant cuts to federal funding for research in President Trump’s budget proposal. Stop by for a few minutes to receive read more »

Call A Representative Day

Stop by our Call A Representative Day this upcoming Monday April 10th at the Illini Union Room 104 from 9 am – 5 pm! The proposed federal budget features alarming cuts to science. This funding is what brings about new discoveries that help us progress as a society and provide better quality of life to read more »

JSPG Submissions

Want to publish in the Journal of Science Policy and Governance? The Professional Development Committee is preparing submissions. If you’d like to participate, please fill out our survey and we will contact you with more information!   More information about the JSPG: Survey:

University of Illinois Student Day at the Capitol

Check out these two visit days! Join fellow student leaders and classmates at the annual University of Illinois Student Days at the Capitol. March 22nd registration deadline: May 3rd registration deadline: