Science & Policy Steering Committee

Functions of the Science & Policy Steering Committee

  • Enhance the discourse between scientists and policy makers through advocacy, community building, and student empowerment
  • Assist student scientists in developing their skills in communication across disciplines and to the general public
  • Promote public awareness of science research at the UW, and provide opportunities to develop partnerships in the community
  • Create opportunities and organize events in collaboration with the Communications and Outreach Committee that enable students to advocate for their field of study, their research, and other graduate students
  • Select one member to serve as a representative on the Committee Coordinating Board


at least once per month during fall, winter, and spring quarters, and more as necessary

Time & Location:


Treasurer, Chair, Senators, students.

Committee Members, 2013-2014:

Treasurer: Genesis Gavino (Public Affairs)
Chair: Keolu Fox (Genome Sciences)
Chair: Alice Popejoy (Public Health Genetics)
Senator: Doug Taber (Public Affairs)
Senator: Chris Svolopoulos (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Senator: Andrew Haddock (Electrical Engineering)
Senator: Ty Crowl (Immunology)
Senator: Kelly Fleming (Chemical Engineering)
Senator: Thomas Edwards (Chemistry)
Senator: Joe Zagrodnik (Atmospheric Sciences)
Senator: Melissa Steele-Ogus (Biology)
Senator: Brian Fan (Materials Science & Engineering)
Senator: Karen Michael (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences)
Senator: Trevor Peckham (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences)
Senator: Laura Twardochleb (Aquatice & Fishery Sciences)
Senator: Katherine Getts (Nutritional Sciences)
Senator: Matthew Aghai (Environmental & Forest Sciences)
Senator: Steve Carlin (Chemistry)
Senator: Justin Bare (Computer Science)
Senator: Evan Firth (Oceanography)
Student: Marta Wolfshorndl (Oceanography)
Student: Ross Howell (Public Health)
Student: Connor Birkeland (Public Affairs)

Contact Information

Genesis Gavino, GPSS Treasurer: