AAAS hosted professional development program Emerging Leaders in Science and Society is coming to UW – apply now!!!

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Events, Jobs, Policy, Science

The Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) was co-founded by Melanie Roberts, Ph.D., who also co-founded both the Seattle and Colorado chapters of FOSEP, so of course I am very eager to support this new endeavor. “ELISS is a new program that prepares graduate and professional students to work across boundaries toward solutions for complex challenges in society throughout their professional and civic lives. The hands–on, extracurricular program taps the talents and creativity of tomorrow’s leaders to help communities and the nation understand and address tough issues in theme areas.”

Currently, ELISS is open to graduate and professional students, so unfortunately, as a postdoctoral fellow, I am not able to apply  at this time. Regardless, I strongly encourage all interested students at UW to apply for this amazing professional development opportunity. In addition to UW, ELISS’s other Founding Partner Campuses  are University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, and Stanford University, and applications from students at those campuses are also being accepted.

From University of Washington’s ELISS Liaisons:

Dear Graduate and Professional Students at the University of Washington,

This past fall, many of you participated in an online signature drive in support of a new professional development program for graduate and professional students who are eager to contribute to solutions to real-world problems. We submitted enough signatures to earn the University of Washington an invitation to become one of only four founding partner campuses for this competitive, national program.

Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) is now recruiting graduate and professional student volunteers from ALL fields – including professional programs like law and medicine, natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering, and the arts – for this competitive (2-5 fellows per campus), extra-curricular (2-5 hours per week), year-long (Jan – Dec 2014) experience. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program through at least the end of 2014 and complete a short pre-application by June 15, 2013. See our website for more information and to apply:

ELISS fellows will collaborate with students from other campuses and at home to gather expertise from your communities to illuminate the causes and potential courses of action to address a societal challenge in one of our theme areas: Energy & Environment or Health & Wellbeing. Fellows will create an online resource; organize events in their home communities; and attend a final briefing in Washington D.C. In return, fellows will gain leadership skills, join a diverse and dynamic professional network, and identify opportunities to contribute to society throughout their professional and civic lives. ELISS will provide training, tools, mentors, and funds to support fellows’ initiatives and leadership development.

ELISS is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which publishes Science magazineand is supported in part by the University of Washington’s Graduate School. Please help us spread the word to graduate and professional students across campus, and join the UW ELISS google group to participate in an online exchange with other student leaders at UW who are eager to change the world If you have any questions, please email us at

See our website for more information: If you are not eligible to apply for ELISS, but would like to contribute to the program, please fill out this volunteer interest survey


Jaclyn Saunders, Nisha Randhava, and Stephanie Cruz

ELISS Liaisons to UW 

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