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Deadline to apply to Science Policy Bootcamp (IAP Course)

The IAP Science Policy Bootcamp application is available here.

17.925, 3 credits (if taken for credit)
Contact: Quantum Wei,
Application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, December 11
Organized by the MIT Science Policy Initiative:

The 2018 Science and Technology Policy Bootcamp will be held Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (M-R), 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (F).

Science and technology public policy shapes the education, research, and innovation system that is vital for economic growth and improvements in societal well-being. This five-day seminar, taught by MIT Washington, D.C. Office Director Bill Bonvillian, will examine the policy decisions behind, and the government’s role in the science and technology-based innovation system. Given the challenges to future federal science support, this seminar will also aim to equip those planning careers in and around science and technology with the basic background for involvement in science policy-making. Undergraduate and graduate students from all faculties are welcome.

Topics discussed will include:

  • The drivers behind science and technology support: growth economics, direct and indirect innovation factors, innovation systems theory, the “valley of death” between R&D and public-private partnership models;
  • The organizing framework behind US science agencies, and the DARPA model as an alternative;
  • The way innovation is organized when it’s face-to-face, including "great group" theory;
  • The barriers and challenges to health science advance;
  • The energy technology challenge – how the science/tech innovation system needs to be organized to meet it within an existing and established complex legacy economic sector.
  • The challenges for advanced manufacturing and scaling-up startups.

The course will consist of lectures, readings, and discussions Monday through Thursday, and a panel on Friday morning. Lunch will be provided Monday-Thursday. This course will be offered both for credit and not for credit. Credit will be based on class participation and a short paper. Those participating in the MIT Graduate Certificate Program in Science, Technology, and Policy ( ) will be required to take this course for credit.

All students taking the course for credit must indicate their intent prior to the start of the course. They will be required to submit a 4 page, single-spaced paper, due in February.

Accepted students MUST commit to attending all sessions to earn a spot in the class. Class participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn by participating in the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) Congressional Visit Days in Washington, D.C. in March 2018.

Enrollment is limited, and interested students must complete the previously mentioned application. Priority will be given to those enrolled in the STP certificate.