Programs: Science and Policy
ELISS: Emerging Leaders In Science and Society
Broad, cross–disciplinary theme areas will serve as a focal point for recruiting ELISS fellows, advisors, and sponsors with shared interests. The class of 2014 will address two theme areas: Health & Wellbeing and Environment & Energy. Within each theme area, ELISS staff will generate a short list of specific issues in collaboration with sponsors and mentors. Fellows will explore the list of issues during orientation and then split into several multi–campus teams that will select a single issue of focus for the fellowship year. Some sample issues include:
- Environment & Energy
- Food security in a drought; Pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing; Controlling invasive species; Water rights and usage; Agriculture & the environment; Sustainable fishing; More efficient transportation; Renewable energy
- Health & Wellbeing
- Personalized medicine; Promoting healthful eating; Vaccine policy; Reducing health care costs; Caring for an aging population; Reducing health disparities; Translating research into treatments; Combating obesity
Each ELISS fellow will tap into the expertise in his/her campus and community to understand the issue at a local level and work with ELISS teammates and mentors to integrate lessons from across the country to understand the national context. Teams will lead a community discussion series, create an informational product (eg. website, video, or museum exhibit) to help citizens and leaders across the nation better understand and address their issue, and present their findings at a briefing for national leaders in Washington D.C.
We will launch additional themes in subsequent years based on interest from sponsors and students.
page updated 05/06/2013