Upcoming Events

5/14/2019 Transitioning to a Career in Science Policy for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Tuesday, May 14th | 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Career Center, Conference Room 200

Register Here: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/296288

Are you interested in translating your scientific training into a career in policy?
This workshop will serve as an introduction to the world of science policy career opportunities and how you can work to influence science policy now as a graduate student or postdoc.

Light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by UCLA Career Center and UCLA Graduate Division


Past Events


SPG Policy Position Brainstorm 2-13-2019

1/29/2019 Policy Position Brainstorm
Interested in being a part of choosing which policy positions the Science Policy Group at UCLA will focus on for the upcoming year? Join us for our Policy Position Brainstorm this Thursday, February 21st from 5:30-6:30 PM in Boyer Hall, Room 130! We will discuss which local assembly members we want to be in touch with and which bills we want to advocate for. This is an opportunity to impact legislation in a meaningful way! Pizza and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

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1/29/2019 Winter 2019 Kickoff
Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for our first event of the quarter! We will discuss the recent government shutdown and its implications on science in the U.S., including impacts on scientists, the NIH, FDA inspections, the environment, and more. Free pizza included!
Location: Gonda Research Center, Conference Room 1357

2017-2018 Events

scipol advocacy week
4/30-5/4/2018 Science Advocacy Week

Join the Science Policy Group in collaboration with GSA, Government Relations and the Career Center for a week of science advocacy activities!

Monday 4/30 (5:00 – 7:00 PM) Career Center Room 200: Do You Know Your Government?
This session is open to everyone! Join GSA for a workshop to brush up on your knowledge of how the government functions, including how a bill becomes a law. Knowing this is the first step to effective advocacy!

Wednesday 5/2 (5:00 – 7:00 PM) BSRB 154: Science Advocacy Workshop
This session is by (short) application only! Join Dr. Mark Gold and UCLA’s Government Relations for an advocacy training session to give you all the tips and tricks you need for the district office visits.

Friday 5/4 (Time TBD): District Office Visits
End your advocacy week by putting your new knowledge and skills to the test with district office visits! We will be visiting the offices of our California state representatives. You will be supplied with talking points for these meetings.

*Note that if you are chosen to participate in the Wednesday and Friday sessions, you may also have the opportunity to join us for a networking breakfast with a former AAAS S&T Policy Fellow!


Doug Friedman
4/10/2018 Science for Science Policy: More Important Now than Ever

The Science Policy Group at UCLA is back for Spring 2018! We are excited to have Douglas Friedman as our guest speaker at Science for Science Policy: More Important Now than Ever, our first event of the quarter. Join us on Tuesday, April 10th at 1:00 PM in Young Hall 2033! Make sure to RSVP at sci4scipol.eventbrite.com


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3/19/2018 General Meeting #5 – Mental Health Policy

Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for our general meeting on Monday, March 19th at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 159, where we will be discussing mental health policy. Light refreshments will be served.


3/14/2018 From the Lab to the Ballot: Bringing STEM to Politics

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session focused on mobilizing STEM trained individuals to participate in politics and government.

WHEN: 3/14 from 6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE: Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (Rm 132)
HOW: RSVP at 314actionuclapanel.eventbrite.com (no charge for admission)

Featured panelists include:
Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist running for Congress in the only Republican-held district in LA county (CA-25)

Edward Walker, a Sociology Professor at UCLA whose research focuses on social movements and author of Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy

Jamie Tijerina, a scientist at Caltech, Director At-Large of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and head of 314 Action LA County

Alex Bradley, a molecular biologist at UCLA who co-organized the 2017 March for Science in Los Angeles (MFSLA) and continues to serve as the MFSLA organization’s Communications Director.

Event begins at 6:30 pm with light refreshments and an opportunity to sign in and ask a question for the panelists. Panel discussion will begin promptly at 7 pm. A reception with refreshments will follow, with an opportunity to meet the panelists.


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2/12/2018 General Meeting #4 – Science Censorship with Dr. Tepring Piquado
Join SPG for our fourth meeting of 2017-2018! We are thrilled that we will be joined by Dr. Tepring Piquado, who will discuss her career path in science policy and science censorship from the perspective of her career at RAND.
We will be meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 159. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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1/22/2018 General Meeting #3 – Science Policy Career Round-Table Discussion

We are excited to kick off 2018 with our first general meeting of the year! We will be joined by speakers who will discuss their careers and how they relate to science policy.

We will be meeting on Monday, January 22 at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 130. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


11/1/2017 General Meeting #2 – Gerrymandering

Want to learn how gerrymandering affects U.S. politics, and science policy can be used to reduce or inflate gerrymandering? Come to the Science Policy Group at UCLA’s second general meeting of the year to find out!

Join us this Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30 PM in Boyer Hall 159. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

10/4/2017 General Meeting #1 – Hurricanes and Climate Change

We hope you’ll join us for our first meeting of the year! It will be held next Wednesday, October 4th from 6-7 pm in the Gonda first floor conference room (Gonda 1357). We’ll start with a brief overview of the group, our structure, and our plans for the year. Then, we’ll have a discussion about something that has been on a lot of people’s minds lately: the recent hurricanes, how they may be impacted by climate change, and the role policy can play in addressing these issues.

We encourage you to check out this Vox article discussing climate change’s role in recent severe storms, and this recent New York Times article highlighting climate policy in California.



Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

8/5/2017 SoCal Science Policy Happy Hour

Join fellow SoCal Science Policy Groups for a happy hour on Saturday, August 5th at Stereo Brewing in Placentia at 6 pm!

6/22/2017 UCLA and USC Science Policy Happy Hour

Join USCience Policy and Science Policy Group at UCLA for a joint happy hour at Mandrake Bar from 5 pm – 7 pm on June 22. Connect with fellow science policy enthusiasts, and join us for a discussion around the effect of refugees and sanctuary cities on stress.

After this event, you should gain a sense of how:

1) Science shapes policy

2) Understanding how to effectively communicate science to the public

To build upon these goals, we are going to tie in a conversation topic to show how science plays a role. After all, application of a new skill will help cement this concept better.

1) Relationship among refugees, stress, and psychiatric disease

2) (if time) What additional policies are in place/should be in place to support them?

To kick start your thinking caps, here’s a Nature interview on this relationship: http://www.nature.com/news/german-psychiatrist-plans-to-scan-the-brains-of-refugees-1.20340

Attached you will find a paper on the role science policy plays a role and how to do advocate for an issue with science!

RSVP is required for the included free drink ticket.

Please RSVP here: http://uscuclascipolhappyhour.eventbrite.com

6/7/2017 Kickoff Event

Join our newly founded Science Policy Group at UCLA in our kickoff event! Learn about science policy, upcoming events, open officer positions, and provide your own input on the group and its platform.

We welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

Please RSVP here: scipolkickoff.eventbrite.com

Science Policy Group at UCLA

Access the slides from this event here.Kendall-Taylor Levit 2017