California has one of the largest economies in the world, and so many critical issues facing our state today — water, energy, and public health, just to name a few — require a deep understanding of science.
Few California state legislators have backgrounds in science, engineering, or technology. Yet, they are asked to make decisions on issues with significant science and technology aspects. To help the California State Legislature make the most informed decisions for the state’s citizens and resources, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has created the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program.
The fellowship trains and mentors scientists and engineers in the policymaking process, and places them as staffers with Assembly and Senate offices. Our Science Fellows experience a year of public service and leadership training, and get the chance to explore a career in California’s policy arena. At the same time, the State Legislature benefits from access to highly skilled, science-savvy staff to advise them on legislative issues and priorities.
Now in its ninth year, the fellowship was made possible by an initial gift by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and other major donors. Our CCST Science Fellows have been placed with both Democratic and Republican legislators in the Assembly and Senate — they join our program with degrees from top research institutions around the country, including Caltech, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and University of California campuses.
California’s policies are stronger with science, and the CCST Science Fellows program helps the California State Legislature access some of the talent and staff they need to make informed decisions. Whether you’re a prospective applicant, an interested funder, a staff member, legislator, or an advocate, we hope this blog offers you a glimpse into our Fellowship experience, and a deeper appreciation for the valuable resources and programs that CCST strives to provide to California’s policymakers and citizens.
If our Fellowship mission has sparked new ideas and new possibilities in your own vision and mission, we would love to hear from you. Thank you for following us, and we’ll see you here and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
— Amber Mace, PhD, CCST Deputy Director
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST engages leading experts in science and technology to advise state policymakers ― ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation. Find CCST on Facebook at facebook.com/ccstorg, on Twitter @CCSTorg, and on LinkedIn. Discover how CCST makes California’s policies stronger with science at www.ccst.us.
- Learn more about CCST: www.ccst.us
- Learn more about the CCST Science Fellows program: fellows.ccst.us