Hello! After receiving a Science for the Public Good grant from the Union of Concerned Scientists, we—Graduate Science Policy at UMD members Sarah Benish, Aditi (Addie) Dubey, Liz Friedman, and Rachel Lamb— are excited to officially initiate strategic planning for a science policy fellowship for the State of Maryland.

Similar to other state science policy fellowships, the goal of the Maryland Science, Technology, Engineering and Health Policy (MSTEHP) Fellowship is to place Ph.D graduates in Annapolis to help inform evidence-based policy in the State. To date, we have engaged leaders from across the state, sharing our vision and seeking advice and guidance from members of the Maryland science policy community, including elected representatives, professors, and other research scientists. 

The strategic planning meeting scheduled for later this week will bring together key stakeholders to discuss a shared vision for a science policy fellowship in Maryland. At this meeting, we will explore and discuss opportunities for advancing a statewide science policy fellowship for Maryland, including potential models utilized by states across the country. Fellowship planning has been ongoing for some time with the support of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Over the last several months, the global pandemic has further emphasized the importance of informing public policy with the best science available. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP here

While the specifics of the fellowship are still being discussed, we hope to use this blog to highlight the exciting research being conducted across the state that is directly impacting Maryland policy and planning. We hope to demonstrate how research in academia, government, non-profits, and industry can shape the science-policy landscape in Maryland and how a science policy fellow may further support evidence-based decision-making. We particularly encourage undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, from universities in the state to share the impacts of their research. 

Those interested in blogging may submit a 300-word proposal about the research to mstehpfellowship@gmail.com with the header “Guest Blogger.” Please include details on how a MSTEHP fellow could be utilized to better inform state decisionmakers. 

We are so excited to keep working in pursuit of a science-based policy fellowship in the State of Maryland and improving the lives of Marylanders in the process. Let us know if you would like to work with us moving forward!

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