Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) is a leadership development program, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. ELISS prepares graduate and professional students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex challenges in society.
Now in its second year, ELISS is recruiting ~16 graduate and professional students for the class of 2015. ELISS fellows will collaborate with a team of students and mentors from different campuses to organize locally embedded, nationally connected dialogues on complex issues in areas such as health & wellbeing and energy & environment. Fellows will be selected from the four participating campuses across the nation.
- University of Washington
- University of Pennsylvania
- Purdue University
- Stanford University
Campuses were selected based on a signature drive conducted in the fall of 2012. As one of the schools with the most signatures across diverse disciplines, Purdue was selected to be a founding campus partner.
This year, ELISS teams narrowed down topics in the two theme areas of health & well being and environment & energy to three areas: mental health, public spaces, and food labeling. Rather than following the conventional outreach model of taking knowledge to the community, the ELISS model is the opposite: fellows go out into the community to better understand the issue from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders. Fellows have been conducting interviews and working with local leaders to better understand complex problems, all while collaborating virtually with their team members across the nation!