As an organization focused on early career researchers and their engagement in policymaking, the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) celebrates the newly established bipartisan Graduate Research and Development Caucus (GRAD Caucus).
The GRAD Caucus is dedicated to the needs of graduate students across the nation, highlighting the “unique and critical role that graduate researchers play in innovation, education, and bolstering our economy.” The launch event took place on Capitol Hill this week.
Despite the importance of graduate students in driving innovative research and teaching, little attention has traditionally been paid to the needs of this population at the federal policy level. The GRAD Caucus has the potential to change that narrative.
Led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA-18), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), and Stephanie Bice (R-OK-5), the GRAD Caucus is the latest development that Washington can use to expand mental health support in academia, improve pay and job quality, and enhance graduate-level training, mentoring, and career preparation for graduate students.
JSPG recently published a special issue on STEM education & workforce development, which is in alignment with policy changes highlighted by the GRAD Caucus to support graduate students.
The initial one-pager outlined three focus areas for the GRAD Caucus:
Spearheaded by graduate student leaders at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with efforts starting in 2019, the GRAD Caucus aims to provide legislators with briefings on specific policies and programs, connections to graduate researchers, and a forum to advance policy ideas.
As the GRAD Caucus activities unfold over the coming months, we look forward to engaging with their efforts to support graduate students across the nation in a number of policy areas.
Post written by JSPG CEO Adriana Bankston.
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