Jennifer Burks

Jennifer serves as a liaison for Purdue University and is excited about bringing the ELISS Program to campus because while graduate/professional education provides students with extensive depth in knowledge regarding their specific expertise, few opportunities exist providing students with the breadth of knowledge critical for today’s ever-expanding interdisciplinary needs. In order for students to effectively collaborate in a concomitant effort to solve complex, real-world problems, they must successfully communicate with others from diverse backgrounds; the AAAS ELISS Program is just the program to provide that rare, yet vital opportunity.


Aaron Goldner

Aaron serves as a liaison for Purdue University and is excited about bringing the ELISS program to campus, because this program prepares graduate and professional students to work across boundaries toward solutions for complex challenges in society throughout those student’s professional and civic lives. The hands-on, competitive program harnesses the talents and creativity of tomorrow's leaders in order to help local communities and the nation at large understand and address tough issues in a diverse set of theme areas. Universities can be an ideal place to train and educate young scientists on the fundamentals of basic research, as well as on how to apply that science in the real-world; ELISS aims to accomplish this.


Monique Long

Monique serves as a liaison for Purdue University and is excited about bringing the ELISS program to campus because it provides a unique exposure to diverse collaboration opportunities for both graduate and professional students. This exposure fosters a mindset that facilitates informed discussion across disciplines allowing students to increase their understanding of the applicability of academic research to face today’s multifaceted challenges. Encouraging problem-solving through a holistic approach, the AAAS – ELISS Program is an ideal vehicle for students to develop the skills necessary to collaborate and communicate across domains that may normally be excluded. Universities provide a unique incubator for training and application of knowledge and can help students approach and work on projects that would generally not be available outside of an academic environment.

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