Make your SCIENCE VOTE count in 2012:
Explore the Guide!

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

Election Contest Prizes

Grand Prize: Nadir Jeevanjee 
2nd Place: Natalie Pilgeram
3rd Place: Samantha Robeson

Honorable Mention: Michael Burnim-Fink

Other finalists

Science and Tech Elections Contest

Voice your science policy vision to win prizes!

Thank you to all who submitted an entry to the elections contest! We received over 200 entries. Read the top entries by clicking on the links on the left!

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About the Guide:

As the United States faces the complex web of energy security, the effects 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 energy issues in 2012 will be critical to shaping our future. While today's political discourse is at times overly narrow and constrained, this guide illustrates a broader range of crucial issues facing our country and world as we prepare for the November elections. The guide offers you a one-stop, non-partisan resource including issue briefs on a variety of S&T issues and candidate opinions.

This guide was developed in partnership with the Professional Masters Program in Science and Technology Policy at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. This one-year masters degree prepares future leaders in science, business, and government to confront many of the 21st century's most urgent and complex problems at the interface of science, technology and society.

About Student Pugwash USA:

Student Pugwash is uniquely positioned to educate and engage 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. We have recently worked with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes; the National Academy of Sciences; AAAS; and the Food and Drug Administration, to name just a few.

This is the third edition of Student Pugwash's elections guide. In 2008, the guide garnered thousands of hits and contest entries. It also included a survey of young voters' opinions on science and technology issues. The MIT chapter of Student Pugwash first launched the online elections guide on in 2004, garnering the attention of Science Magazine and other media. 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 uniquely positioned to develop this project.