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Todd Schenk

The Policy Destination Area (DA) seeks to promote broader understanding of policy processes across VT’s undergraduate and graduate student communities. The Policy DA is particularly interested in working with students to enhance their understanding of and competencies to work on complex policy issues that cross disciplinary boundaries.
The Policy DA’s primary curricular initiative is a new graduate certificate program called Science, Technology, and Engineering in Policy (STEP). The STEP program targets science, technology, engineering, mathematics  and health (STEM-H) graduate students with the goal to develop and enhance STEM-H students, practitioners, and scholars’ understanding of policy processes and capacity to integrate scientific and engineering knowledge with public policy reasoning.

During the development process for the STEP program, the curriculum committee implemented a campus-wide survey in 2017 to inventory policy courses at Virginia Tech and identify potential synergies and gaps in policy offerings. Click here to view the 2017 inventory listing of policy-focused courses. 

For more information on the STEP program, please visit For more information about policy curriculum development and progress, contact Dr. Todd Schenk, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, Curriculum committee chair.