Student Policy and Advocacy Groups

Science policy advocacy should be part of the life of every scientist. Policy makers need to hear from scientists at all career stages. Scientists at every career stage can and should work together to educate government officials and their fellow citizens about the importance of biomedical research.

You can start and then lead a policy and advocacy group at your institution.

Start a Student Policy and Advocacy Group

Creating a group of like-minded policy advocates is easier than it sounds. The ASCB has developed “How To” sheets to help you start a group and keep it going.

Focus on these five areas at the beginning:

  • Fill out the paperwork
  • Attract members
  • Advertise that you exist
  • Build important connections
  • Hold your first meeting

Learn more about starting a Student Policy and Advocacy Group

Sustain a Student Policy and Advocacy Group

Maintaining an active science policy group beyond the first generation of leaders is harder than starting the group in the first place. Here are four ways to keep the group active and energized:

  • Hold regular meetings
  • Plan policy-related events
  • Stay informed on science-related issues
  • Maintain continuity of leadership

Learn more about sustaining a Student Policy and Advocacy Group

About the Author:

Kevin M. Wilson serves as Director of Public Policy and Media Relations for The American Society for Cell Biology. He's worked as the Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Robert Weygand (D-RI) and as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI). He has a BA in Politics and American Government from the Catholic University of America. Email: