National FOSEP Mission
Preparing emerging leaders to harness science and technology for the benefit of society.
Mission of FOSEP Chapters
FOSEP chapters are led by graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows from fields ranging from natural sciences and engineering to humanities, business, and education.
Our primary mission is to promote civic dialogue about issues at the intersection of science and society across our campus and community. We believe that a better understanding of the 'big picture' about issues such as heath care, energy policy, and climate change, and talking with people outside of our own disciplines and outside of academia will help us to better connect our scholarly work with solutions to real-world problems. We strive to provide a respectful forum for dialogue among people with diverse expertise and opinions in order to help all of us make more informed decisions about complex issues.
The second FOSEP chapter, based on the Seattle model, was founded at the University of Colorado Boulder by Ursula Rick and Melanie Roberts in 2009. It has expanded to approximately 100 members from 20 programs and hundreds of people across campus have attended FOSEP events.
FOSEP thanks the Institute on Civic and Ethical Engagement at CU Boulder for providing seed funding and the Graduate School for providing mentorship as well as administrative and financial support.