Science is a way to understand the universe around us and to answer questions that can make the world a better place. An understanding of science can be important for shaping a wide range of national, state, and local policies from environmental regulation to ???. Both budget and regulatory policies shape the science that is done at universities, national labs, and corporations. As a scientist who spent 2 years at a Federal Agency as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow I seek to help students and scientists to understand the role they play in shaping policy and the role policy plays in shaping the science that we do.