Social Science Research Institutes

Student Pugwash USA

  • Haslett, MI
  • http://www.spusa.org

Mission Statement

To empower and equip students and young professionals to identify, critically analyze, and shape the ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of science and technology.

Main Programs

  1. Science and Technology Policy Programs
  2. National chapters and events on Science, Technology, and Society
  3. Science, Technology, and Society Fellows
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Students from all U.S. institutes of higher education are eligible to form a Student Pugwash USA chapter. National-scale events are held in various locations in the United States.

ruling year

1982

President since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Kyle Gracey

Vice President since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Rachel Svetanoff

Keywords

Self-reported

science, technology, science and society, science policy, education, colleges and universities, high schools, ethics, social responsibility, technology policy, engineering

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Also Known As

SPUSA

EIN

52-1266737

 Number

7265528567

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

-- Launching Science Policy Fellowship for graduate students
-- Recruited 3 new members to the Board of Directors, who are leaders in the field
-- 2015 Purdue chapter conference on sustainability

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Science and Technology Policy Programs

Student Pugwash USA offers education for undergraduate and graduate students on science and technology policy issues. As part of this program we will launch a 2012 multimedia contest on science and technology policy in the presidential elections, following our very successful 2008 election contest.  We also disseminate S&T policy information  through social media outlets and our email listserv. Past science and technology policy programs have included our popular lunch speaker series in Washington DC for interns and our blog, MindFull, which featured current events in science and technology policy.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

None

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

National chapters and events on Science, Technology, and Society

For 30 years, Student Pugwash has organized a national chapter network on science, technology, and society. Students from across the country, including Purdue University, MIT, and Tufts, participate in student-run events and hands-on activities that engage young people in the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology.  Student Pugwash USA hosts conferences on various science, technology, and society-related issues including integrity of science, climate change and nuclear power, biosecurity, and access to technology in international development.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Science, Technology, and Society Fellows

Science and technology play a significant role in many of society’s challenges, such as improving health, environment, and education. In our high-technology society, individuals knowledgeable and skilled in understanding the social aspects of science and technology are needed to serve as leaders on policy and societal decisions relating to the roles of science and technology in society. Student Pugwash USA (SP) was founded in 1979 to engage young people on issues of social and ethical responsibility in science and technology. SP is developing innovative methods for applying its mission that is still highly relevant in the 21st century. As one such initiative, SP is launching a fellowship program to invest in the most promising young leaders in the social and policy dimensions of science and technology. The fellowship program has four components: (i) A training and networking meeting in Washington DC, (ii) Preparatory work during the spring semester, (iii) A summer internship at a local or national community organization, and (iv) Outreach work on each fellow’s campus in the fall semester. The fellows program will provide a multidisciplinary group of graduate student leaders with work experience, training, mentorship, and outreach experience. It will give back to the the fellow’s community by providing public or non-profit organizations with social capital—a skilled young leader trained in thinking deeply about the social dimensions of science and technology. This fellowship program will become a permanent part of SP’s programs as well as a launching pad for growing a network of science, technology, and society leaders to promote social responsibility in science and technology.

Category

Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$200,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In 2015, Student Pugwash underwent a strategic planning process that resulted in a new mission statement and new programmatic goals. SPUSA also developed an updated communications and outreach plan, to reach more students and young professionals by improving our use of social media and revamping our website.

    We are continuing our board development to grow our team of leaders promoting social responsibility in science and technology.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include a fundraising campaign (foundations, individual donations, crowd sourcing), the development and execution of a new communications and outreach strategy, and an ongoing board recruitment effort.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Student Pugwash USA has been promoting social responsibility in science and technology since 1979. SPUSA is the US student affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. Our Board of Directors is composed of a group of 17 leaders in the field of science, technology, and society.

    Student Pugwash has a history of attracting high-quality students to its programs. Over the past thirty years, it has hand-selected students to attend its national and regional conferences. In 2008, we received over 1,500 submissions to our science and technology in the presidential elections contest. Student Pugwash has a database of thousands of contacts from academic programs in science and technology studies, science and technology policy, and natural science and engineering programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators of success include: the number of people directly engaged in the organization through in-person events and online materials, the expansion and interconnectivity of our network, the success of fundraising efforts both in dollars and number of individuals contributing, and the reach of our social media and online communication.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Recent accomplishments:
    - 2015 strategic plan
    - 2008 and 2012 science and technology election guides and election contest
    - Board expansion and recruitment
    - 2014 annual regional conferences through the chapter at Purdue University
    - Active Facebook and Twitter accounts

    Upcoming goals
    - The development of a science, technology, and society fellowship program, including a comprehensive fundraising push
    - Updated communications and outreach strategy
    - Revamp of the SPUSA website
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Students from all U.S. institutes of higher education are eligible to form a Student Pugwash USA chapter. National-scale events are held in various locations in the United States.

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Funding Needs

We are in need of funding to support: - a fellowship program to support emerging leaders in science, technology, and society - our 2012 science and technology policy elections contest  - regional conferences on science, technology, and society   - operations and overhead

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Student Pugwash USA

Leadership

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President

Mr. Kyle Gracey

Vice President

Ms. Rachel Svetanoff

BIO

Kyle Gracey, Vice President is a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Commissioned Officer Candidate in the Army National Guard. He is the former Executive Director and current Board Chair of SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development, and delegate to more than a dozen United Nations negotiations on climate, social development, and sustainable development. He was recently an Energy and Climate Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and also recently worked in the Communications Office for U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, and was a consultant with the Gade Environmental Group. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with B.S. degrees in Ecological Economics and Biochemistry/Biophysics, where he is their only Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient, and from the University of Chicago with an M.S. in the Physical Sciences Division and Harris Public Policy School, where he was a Harris Fellow. He also investigated international development and environment issues at The American University in Washington, DC and in Brazil, Israel, Iceland, and the United Arab Emirates. Kyle worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a Policy Analyst, and as an International Economist Graduate Intern in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs during the financial crisis, and was an Education Docent at the National Aquarium. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Truman Scholars Association, where is the President, on the board of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and is the Treaties Task Force Chair at the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a Life Member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. His publications, media interviews, and presentations number over 100.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Student Pugwash USA plays a critical role in engaging students and young people in understanding the roles of science and technology in addressing the world's most significant challenges, including disease, poverty, energy, and security.  Over thirty years after it was founded, SPUSA's mission is even more relevant today. I am excited to work with talented young leaders across the country and world to fulfill our mission to promote social responsibility in science and technology.  In addition to our current programs, we recently crafted a strategic vision that will take SPUSA to new heights through new and innovation programming, partnerships, and expanded access to these programs.  This will include a fellowship program that engages 15 young leaders in science, technology, and society in promoting social responsibility in science and technology at a community organization and on campus. Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments or ideas on our organization."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alan McGowan Ph.D.

New School

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity