Science, Technology, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program

June 5, 2020 0:02:58
Kaltura Video

Learn about the student experience in the University of Michigan's unique graduate certificate program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, based at the Ford School of Public Policy.

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Alejandro:
I am a fifth year PhD student

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in the industrial
and operations engineering
department.

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I started focusing on logistics
and supply chains-

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seeing how things got moved in a supply chain. 

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But research doesn’t live in a
bubble.

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It has real-world impact.

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And I kinda wanted to study
that other part as well-

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kinda understand what is the
ramifications of the models
that I build,

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to the people and society.

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JOY: Our students come from
almost every unit in the
university.

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They are graduate students who
are interested in and care about
the relationship

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between science, technology,
and public benefit. 

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STEPHANIE: I’m a third year in
the neuroscience
graduate program.

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But I wanted hands on training
in policy

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from people who study policy. 

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Um, and that was really
unique to Michigan.

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To be able to take classes at
Ford is pretty cool. 

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I didn’t have that opportunity
at other schools.

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SHOBITA: Students realize,
especially today, how important 

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science, technology, and science
and technology policy are,

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and they want to be trained
to make better policy

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that benefits society and
serves the public interest 

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and serves social justice goals.

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So our graduate certificate
program is essentially designed
to do those things.

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Policy can’t be created in
isolation just by experts.

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We need a wide array of voices
to create it.

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Everyone brings a unique
perspective,

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some that I would have never
even thought of,

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and I think that’s really the
value in STPP.

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SHOBITA: In the STPP program,
students learn how

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values, politics, and policy
shape science and technology.

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They are trained in how to
write for policy audiences,

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and how to also speak to
policy audiences.

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ROBERT: There’s a great need
now for the people with this
kind of expertise.

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We’re just trying to create a
bigger lane for people to
drive down

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as they move into this
type of work.

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JOY: Our students go out into
the world after completing
their certificates.

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They are working in the
offices of congressional
representatives,

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They are working in Washington.

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SCOTT: I want to work at the
intersection of technology
policy;

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where I am able to do the
important analysis, 

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and then come up with those
strategic policy
recommendations.

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ALEJANDRO:
What I know for sure is that
I want to be able to be
in a position

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where my work can have
direct impact onto society,

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and I think that connection
with public policy
is the right path.

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STEPHANIE: Because of STPP
I have a whole other skill set
that I can tap into.

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I hope to always use policy
in advocacy, specifically.

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Especially for patients,
or for research, for funding,

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for everything related
to science.

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I know that I’ll always have
policy as part of my career.