ELISS unites national leadership and resources with the passion of students from multiple campuses. ELISS is a pilot program of AAAS, which provides 501(c)3 status, advice on program development and help with program administration. Three early-career PhDs with experience in government, industry, and academia founded ELISS. Graduate students have been engaged in all stages of its development and continue to shape the program as ELISS fellows and graduates.

The ELISS Team

ELISS Partner Campuses

ELISS works in collaboration with partner campuses, who provide funding, assistance with marketing and mentoring, and access to campus resources. Graduate students earned an invitation for their campuses to join ELISS through an online signature drive and securing support from their campus administration. The class of 2016 will include fellows from five partner campuses: 

  • University of Washington
  • Purdue University
  • Duke University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Founding partner campuses (for the classes of 2014 and 2015) are:

  • University of Washington
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania

ELISS Sponsors

In addition to support from partner campuses, ELISS is grateful to the foundations and individuals who have provided critical financial support.

Founding Sponsor:

The Argosy Foundation

Additional Sponsors:

The Rita Allen Foundation
The Richard Lounsbery Foundation
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
National Science Foundation
Target Corporation

Individual Donors

$10,000 +
Gilbert H. Omenn and Martha A. Darling

$1000 - $9999
David J. Goldston

$500 - $999
Peter D. Blair
Jessica Bowen
Mark Frankel
James H. Turner

$100 - $499
Shelby & Henry L. Miller, Brian Filipowski & Wendy Roberts, Jana Watson-Capps & Barry Capps, Don Engel, Weston P. Brewer, Joseph Nelson & Jennifer Saionz, Anonymous