Political & Activism Special Interest


An organization for early-career scholars to discover and engage in science policy. Through ASPIRE, members are able to connect with the wider network of early-career scholars of the umbrella organization known as the National Science Policy Network; participate in opportunities related to science policy and science communication at the local, regional, and national levels; continue building their professional skills in relation to science policy, and advocate for a science-based policymaking process.


Constitution / Tier

File ASPIRE_Constitution_amend20200213.pdf
Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 14
ISU Members 5
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members graduate students, postdoctoral scholars
Allowed Officers graduate students, postdoctoral scholars
Membership Qualifications All officers must be: In good standing with their research mentor and/or program of study committee, serve through the calendar year as their term, and be enrolled at least half-time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, if a graduate student. Else, if an individual fail to meet requirements (1)-(3), they shall be ineligible to hold an office in this organization.
Membership Restrictions Chairs and treasurers at the time of running for office must have a least 3 semesters left in their tenure at Iowa State to ensure smooth transitions between cabinets.
Elections/Selection Elections are hosted electronically and will start in November and finish in December before the calendar year begins.
Meetings General meetings are every two months while leadership is every month.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

General meetings are held every two months, with regular correspondence with the membership via email. Meeting locations shall be on campus and dependent on room availability at a time that the majority of members can attend. Leadership meetings are held every month and are not necessarily restricted to campus. The Chair(s) are responsible for reserving the space, with on-campus locations as a priority.

Description of Special Events

ASPIRE shall organize events with the purpose of providing professional development and training related to science policy. These events include recruiting science policy experts to speak on panels at Iowa State University, visiting the State Capitol to meet legislators and other actors in the policy-making system, and attending symposiums and workshops related to science policy.