NSF Awards $38,000 Grant for Mason-Led Conference

Posted: April 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jessica Johnson

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Science, Technology, and Policy Graduate Student Conference group a $38,000, three-year grant. The group is composed of graduate students from George Mason, the University of Virginia, and George Washington University. Their goal is to have this conference be the premier graduate student science and technology policy event in the nation.

The conference, which will be held this weekend at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., has attracted students from Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, and the University of Pittsburgh, among others.

Todd LaPorte, School of Public Policy, wrote the proposal, and George Mason is serving as the institutional home for the grant. “It’s not the money that matters so much,” says LaPorte, “as the role Mason is playing in helping develop the next generation of leaders in our field.”

Cooperating on the project as equal partners are George Washington University’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy and Virginia Tech’s Science, Technology, and Society Program in Northern Virginia. Christine Pommerening, who is studying public policy, is the graduate student core committee member for Mason; Cathy Lazarus at the School of Law is also participating.

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