“Scientists and policymakers have a lot to learn from each other,” said Angela DePace, faculty founder and special advisor SCi. “We hope that building and sustaining these relationships will inspire scientists to take on new types of socially impactful work, including new research questions.”
In the summer of 2019, the Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCi) at Harvard Medical School initiated a three-year pilot of the Massachusetts Summer Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (MASSTPF). This pilot placed STEM graduate students from Harvard University, and eventually the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in a part-time paid summer fellowship where they worked as advisers to Massachusetts state legislators.
The Harvard Gazette covered the 10-week pilot program.