SPAR has teamed up with several other organizations and entities both within the Rutgers community and beyond. Whether it has been co-sponsorship/co-organization of events, bringing in invited speakers, or simply brainstorming new ideas together, we are thankful to have such eager partners with which we share many common goals.
The Rutgers Federal Relations Office is located in D.C. just next to Capitol Hill. They serve as a liaison between the Rutgers community and the New Jersey Congressional delegation, advocating on behalf of students and the university as a whole. In particular, they work to communicate the university’s interests in federal research funding, tax policies, immigration, transportation, and several other relevant topics to our federal lawmakers. SPAR relays some of our most pressing concerns on campus to the office and has worked to form connections between them and our graduate students.
The Rutgers University iJOBS program is funded by the NIH and serves to educate Ph.D. students and post-docs in the biological sciences about non-academic career options and provides professional development/career training. One facet of iJOBS has focused on the role of science policy as a career option for scientists. SPAR has been happy to collaborate with them on these opportunities to help run and co-sponsor events.
From the Eagleton website:
The Eagleton Institute of Politics explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. The Institute focuses attention on how the American political system works, how it changes, and how it might work better.
Ealgeton offers fellowships that support graduate students interested in policymaking, workshops, panels, and networking events, and serves as the university’s main source of political education. While SPAR is more interested in the policy-side of the debate and has a science-specific focus, Eagleton has been an excellent partner in helping us to educate our students and co-organize science policy events.
The Princeton Student Climate Initiative is an organization of graduate and undergraduate students at Princeton University working to educate fellow students about climate-related issues. While SPAR’s focus is not solely on climate change, we believe it is one of the more pressing science issues at the moment and recognize the need for evidence-based policy. SPAR has been working with PSCI to help coordinate events and discuss future goals of engagement with policymakers and stakeholders.
STEMcosR is a graduate student organization that holds a large, annual symposium to connect students and the surrounding community. Students from all backgrounds – high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, community college, etc. – come together with members of the community – professors, industry reps, non-profits, and the general public – for mentorship, to discuss research and current events in science, and to network. The symposium includes poster sessions, panels, guests speakers, and several networking events. The goal for all presenters is to explain their science in a way that anyone can understand. SPAR is a proud co-sponsor/co-organizer of the event, as we believe communicating science, particularly to an audience with diverse backgrounds and interests, is one of the most important skills involved in science policy and advocacy.
The Rutgers University GSA advocates on behalf of graduate students by raising awareness of issues and concerns affecting graduate students and acts as a liaison to the Rutgers administration. The GSA also provides financial support to several Graduate Student Organizations, including SPAR. This support is what allows SPAR to provide workshops to graduate students, bring in guest speakers, and host several other science policy events.