2020 S2P Logo

Mission Statement

Our mission is to train graduate students to be active and trusted members of the public policy community through the use of sharing research and analytical skills developed in their respective fields. We provide early-career scientists with hands-on training and a platform to practice the skills necessary to navigate and engage in the policy world as scientists, communicators, legislative advisors, and/or science advocates. We strive to empower UCR graduate students to participate in science policy by providing a suite of experiences and  opportunities to learn from and engage with public policy experts before they graduate to encourage the development of science policy as a career path.
Students in the S2P program will gain insights into:
  • Policy making processes at the federal and state level
  • Where and when scientist input is valuable
  • How a scientist can become part of the policy making process
  • Communication and other skills necessary for scientists to work effectively with policy makers
  • Opportunities for professional development at UCR, including the Designated Emphasis in Public Policy




Our Values and Principles


The Science to Policy (S2P) Program at UCR is committed to diversity and inclusion among all scientists regardless of race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, immigrant status, religion, physical appearance, and/or political beliefs. To create a community of engaged scientists and engineers interested in science policy pathways, we want to clearly affirm our unwavering principles that state: 


  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion along every axis are critical for our organization, the scientific enterprise, and our community.
  • Ensuring lasting diversity, equity and inclusion requires going beyond intervention, it needs lasting system change.
  • Systemic change beings with everyone feeling safe and respected.
  • Hatred, discrimination, and injustice have no place in our program, in science, or in our community.
  • As a community, it is our responsibility to reflect and educate ourselves on these issues before asking others to be allies of the BIPOC and other marginalized communities.
S2P strongly agrees with the principles and actions of our sister organization, the National Science Policy Network


Critical Connections - What Legislators Have to Say

“If you have ideas, come pitch them to me. My door is always open!”
Jose Medina
CA Assemblymember
“I am amazed by the work that the Center for Science to Policy does to prepare students who are interested in working on legislation, and it was a real honor to host the first ever Science to Policy resident in my District Office. He applied his graduate training and skills in data analysis to help our office better visualize the impact of legislative projects — making sure we were working with hard facts. This is more than just an opportunity for students to receive hands-on experience — they are a tremendous asset to offices looking to produce meaningful results. I look forward to many more accomplishments from the Center for Science to Policy and its students.”
Mark Takano
CA Congressman
“I applaud the Center for Science to Policy at UC Riverside for providing a unique opportunity for graduate level students to form critical partnerships with policymakers and public policy experts. Policy decisions that are informed by science are vitally important to a more prosperous future.”
Sabrina Cervantes
CA Assemblymember