STEP Educational Program

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program encourages Master's and PhD students to acquire a sophisticated understanding of key issues at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. STEP blends scientific knowledge and methods with social science and practitioner perspectives in ways that yield practical solutions to the major scientific, environmental, and technological challenges facing the world today.

Several certificate and fellowship opportunities comprise the STEP Program, which is centered in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. STEP provides a larger umbrella for Princeton graduate students generally interested in science policy, and has deep connections to the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE), the High Meadows Environmental Initiative (HMEI), and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Students work closely with distinguished STEP faculty, who come from diverse academic backgrounds, including natural science, engineering, and social science departments, to integrate their science and policy interests.

STEP Certificate Advisor

Elke U. Weber

Elke U. Weber
  • Professor of Psychology & Public Affairs; Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy & the Environment
Rolling hills with wind turbines

Master's Students: STEP Certificate

Requirements & Information
Small plant being held by a hand.

STEP PhD in Public Affairs

Apply to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Alumni & Student News

Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

Shuaizhang Feng is currently professor of economics and the Dean of the School of Economics, and the Dean of the Institute of Economic and Social Research at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. From 2008-2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Prof.

Monday, Jun 22, 2020

Ramón Cruz MPA ’02 recently was elected as the Sierra Club’s president of the Board of Directors. He is the first Latino president in the organization’s 128-year history.

Friday, Jun 12, 2020

As part of a series exploring the disciplinary variety of 2020 senior thesis research, PEI writes about the work of Princeton student Naomi Cohen-Shields '20 on air pollution in China. Working under the advising...

Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Nicolas Choquette-Levy, a PhD student in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) cluster of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, was recently awarded the Mikhalevich Award from the...