ELISS is an extracurricular, volunteer experience for graduate and professional students at select partner campuses. Fellows will collaborate with a multi-campus ELISS team, mentors, and students on their own campuses to help the public and stakeholders at local and national level better understand a complex issue in one of two theme areas: Energy & Environment or Health & Wellbeing. Over the course of a year, fellows will travel three times and volunteer 3–5 hours per week to:
ELISS anticipates providing funding for the following activities:
Theme Areas 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.
We will launch additional themes in subsequent years based on interest from sponsors and students.