Make your SCIENCE VOTE count in 2008:
Explore the Guide!

Welcome to the science & technology policy guide by and for young voters. Browse the issues and candidate opinions through the drop-down menus above and tell us what you think.

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About the Guide:

As the United States faces the complex web of nuclear proliferation, the impacts of climate change, and the challenges of global epidemics such as AIDS, the choices you, as a young voter, will make on science, technology, and health issues in 2008 will be critical to shaping policies that impact global interests. Building on SPUSA’s success in 2004 with our Online Election Guide, Student Pugwash launched the 2008 Science & Technology Policy Guide to enable you to make informed choices and express your views on critical science policy issues. This initiative offers you a one-stop, non-partisan resource on current policy information and resources. See the Elections Guide Press Release for further details.

The Science Policy Survey:
While many organizations are tracking the candidate’s opinions on issues in their niche areas, Student Pugwash probed deeper, asking about the science policy issues that matter to you. Understanding your opinions at the outset of the project helped SPUSA to create an election resource that is more useful to you. Young voters, ages 18-25, showed overwhelming concern about science, technology, and health policy issues. View the results.
About Student Pugwash USA:

Student Pugwash is uniquely positioned to educate and engage young voters on the science, health and technology issues. SPUSA coordinates regional and national conferences, and other programs; a network of campus-based chapters; and online resources including the SPUSA website, blog, and listserv. To maximize our effectiveness, we work with partners in government, academic, and nonprofit sectors to give young people access to experts and information on cutting-edge topics. Since its founding in 1979, SPUSA has established strong connections with scientists and policymakers eager to engage the next generation on these issues. In the past year, we have worked with the National Academy of Sciences, AAAS, and the Food and Drug Administration, to name just a few.

The MIT chapter of Student Pugwash created the online elections guide on a smaller scale in 2004. This modest effort alone garnered the attention of Science Magazine, blogs and other online media sites. SPUSA presented the 2008 project plans to students at its national conference in April 2007, who responded enthusiastically and have continued to express interest in the project’s development. Student Pugwash’s access and connections to the finest science policy experts in the country, as well as the most dedicated students to these important issues, makes it an ideal organization to develop this project.