MOST Policy Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation 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:
1. Policy Initiatives – working side-by-side with elected officials to incorporate more scientific information into state and local policy decisions
2. Empowering Scientists – providing resources and training for scientists interested in interacting with the policy-making process
3. Public Engagement – engaging with the media and broader community on issues related to science and technology.
We are a growing organization with a passion to use science to make the world a better place by starting locally. To stay up-to-date on Missouri science policy and our organization, join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
In 2016, MOST Policy Initiative was founded by three Ph.D. students at the University of Missouri – Hallie Thompson, Mike Hendricks, and Rachel Owen. We have continued to rely on support from the Associate Students of the University of Missouri, University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council, and several individual students with a passion for science policy. In 2019, we hired one of our co-founders, Rachel Owen, to be our full time director. Additionally, we rely on support from several undergraduate interns and graduate volunteers.