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    As members of the Missouri General Assembly in both parties and chambers file, debate, amend, and vote on legislation, MOST Policy Fellows provide nonpartisan Science Notes to describe the research behind policy issues.
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    Promoting long-term health, sustainability, and economic growth for people and communities by connecting science and policy at the local and state levels.
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    A new grassroots engagement and advocacy campaign to establish and nurture local and state-based multi-disciplinary peer networks of scientists and science enthusiasts.
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bringing scientists and policy makers together

MOST Policy Initiative is aimed at bringing scientists and policymakers together to improve livelihoods for people and communities in the Midwest. The Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows program is the core, inaugural program under the umbrella of MOST Policy Initiative.

In addition to placing scientifically-trained fellows in our state capitol to provide scientific resources for policymakers, we also connect science to policy through the following priority areas:

Policy Initiatives

Working side-by-side with elected officials to incorporate more scientific information into state and local policy decisions
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Empowering Scientists

Providing resources and training for scientists interested in interacting with the policy-making process.
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Public Engagement

Engaging with the media and broader community on issues related to science and technology.
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Why Missouri?

The State of Missouri is composed of several unique regions, requiring ample representation in the state government. For this reason, our state has one of the largest general assemblies with 197 combined senators and representatives. Due to the shear abundance and diversity of legislation passing through the assembly each session, legislators often must rely on external guidance to be adequately informed. MOST Policy Initiative serves as a consistent resource for policymakers when developing and voting on legislation that will impact their constituents.

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Legislators with STEM degrees
  • Legislator Survey

    "I hope that you will be able to
    continue to offer this service. It is a
    great asset and from doing my own
    research on topics, I know how
    much time it takes to compile
    information. Thank you!”
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  • Legislator Survey

    "Thank you very much for sharing
    these notes. They are well written,
    informative, easily understandable,
    and precisely what I was looking
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    “I was unaware, prior to this year,
    that MOST was available. The
    information provided by your
    organization was spot on and
    invaluable. Thank you so very
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news & updates

Receive updates when science notes and reports are published by the MOST Policy Fellows and the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network. We will also keep you up to date on job openings, events, and other news about science and policy in Missouri. 

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The State of Science Policy
The team at MOST Policy Initiative helps to document of translating research to policy.

Press Releases

We use press releases to share our organization's new and noteworthy events, programs, products, and partnerships. Press releases are distributed to local media outlets and shared with our followers and supporters.

Featured Scientists

Researchers, scientists, and engineers across Missouri are working every day to solve some of our state's most pressing issues. We use our featured scientists blog to tell their stories.


We connect science experts to conversations about energy, sustainability, and climate change and other pressing public policy concerns.

Now that the #Missouri General Assembly's 2022 regular #moleg legislative session is over, we want to highlight what our MOST Legislative Fellows learned over the last year. First up is Dr. Tomy Granzier-Nakajima (@TomotarohGN).🧵

There's still time to register for tomorrow's roundtable about #ClimateResilience in #Rural #Missouri!

Before the main event, we've put together a short thread with our panelists' key takeaways.🧵

Meet the panelists for next week's virtual roundtable discussion about #ClimateResilience in #Rural #Missouri!

Join ISTPF Mon. 6/27, 10-11:15 MT to learn abt science policy careers w/@AAAS_STPF alumni & #scipol leaders Drs. Noel Bakhtian, Brian Carter, Ashley Huderson & Josette Lewis
@BoiseStateSPS @IdahoStateU @UIMcClure @CAESEnergy @scipolnetwork @IdahoSTEMAC

Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion about #ClimateResilience in #rural #Missouri.

We'll chat with a team of local researchers who interviewed a range of stakeholders to understand the rural climate challenges & solutions impacting MO.


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