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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.


Genya V. Dana

"The STEP program at Humphrey School and, in particular, the summer internship opportunity, helped me transition from the private sector to the policy world."

Genya V. Dana, PhD

Senior Science Policy Officer,
Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State

Degree: MS–STEP, 2005
Location: Washington, D.C.

What is your job?
As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, I handle international issues related to genetic resources, biotechnology, and biodiversity. Before my position as a AAAS Fellow, I was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an ORISE Research Fellow at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, and a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies of Science.

How did you time at the Humphrey School shape your career trajectory?
The STEP program at Humphrey School and, in particular, the summer internship opportunity, helped me transition from the private sector to the
policy world. I was exposed to enough science policy issues and
organizations in my coursework and internship to realize that I
wanted additional training in science policy in a more specific area.
Thus I went on to complete an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the
University of Minnesota's Conservation Biology Program.

Why is the Humphrey School unique?
The STEP program is a rare combination of science and policy work in a
master's degree program, which works well for people who want to remain
connected with science and scientific issues but who do not necessarily want to do bench science.

 

June 4, 2014