Science Policy Ethics Seminar

Social Concerns Seminar
CSC 33902
SC 33902

Offered jointly with the College of Science, this Social Concerns Seminar will examine ethical responsibilities within science funding allocations and the regulation of basic and translational research. In the framework of Catholic Social Teaching, students will explore science policy development, government funding for science, and the regulation of both basic science and translational research. The course aims to explore how and why the government invests in research, how those funds are distributed to scientists, and ultimately how new discoveries are translated to new technologies, ultimately for the good of the general public.  Over spring break, students will travel to Washington D.C.  and meet with scientists, multiple federal agencies, and policy makers. In preparation for meetings in Washington, six class sessions will help form a community of learners prepared to ask good questions. Additionally, they will feature speakers with experience in research ethics and integrity, advocating for funding for science, distributing those funds, or working at the intersections of government policy, basic science, physics and engineering technology, environmental science, and clinical and translational research. This course poses a unique opportunity for students to interact with various federal funding agencies and policy makers in Washington, D.C. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 4:30–6:00 p.m., February 6–April 3, 2018

Immersion Dates: Friday, March 09–Saturday, March 17, 2018

Things to note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This includes eating on a budget and making intentional decisions around time spent together as a team. Making choices like limiting internet usage is one that groups have made in the past. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details from your seminar leaders during preparation classes
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course
Social Issues: 
$300 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar (financial assistance available based on need)
Application Process: 
  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) Completed application and (2) Interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email)
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen after final application deadline.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first class (see seminar calendar of events)
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email
  • Application is now closed. 



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