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November 13, 2012: New ELISS Program Offers Students an Opportunity to Make a Real-World Difference

Today's Topic: New ELISS Program Offers Students an Opportunity to Make a Real-World Difference

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) is a competitive, one-year program for full-time students, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and developed by former graduate students in response to requests for more opportunities to contribute to solutions for real-world problems. The program will inspire and prepare students to change the world by developing leadership skills, introducing them to a diverse group of peers and advisors, and helping them gain a big-picture understanding of a societal challenge and potential solutions.

Students will join a cross-disciplinary, national team in a theme area such as health, environment, community, and economy. The team will work to inform local and national understanding of a timely issue, which may range from the role of universities in regional economic development to food security in a drought.

ELISS welcomes talented graduate and professionally-oriented students from all fields, including natural and social sciences, engineering, business, law, medicine, humanities, and the arts. Basic and applied researchers and those who are training to become practitioners in fields ranging from journalism to health care are also welcome. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to have an impact in academia, industry, government, or nonprofit areas.

Only students at partner campuses may apply for ELISS. If you would like your school to be considered for participation, sign the petition by the November 23 deadline, and share this link on Facebook or send an email to recruit other students.

To learn more about the program, please visit the ELISS website. A call for applications is expected to be released in spring of 2013.