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.

ELISS fellows 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 are selected from participating campuses across the nation. While new partners continue to be added to ELISS, four founding partners were selected to initiate the program. They include:

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

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 conduct interviews and work with local leaders to better understand complex problems, all while collaborating virtually with their team members across the nation!

For more information, visit elissfellows.org.

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