Science to Policy (S2P) student fellowship program:
UCR Ph.D. students in the sciences and engineering work in local policy makers' offices, government agencies, NGOs, non-profits, or other organizations on timely issues which would benefit from scientific expertise. This fellowship program is funded by S2P as a professional development opportunity. In preparation for the fellowship, S2P leadership and student fellows will discuss potential research topics, mentors from the host office, and logistics, which will be codified in a fellowship agreement signed by both parties. Over 2-3 months, S2P Fellows will compile and analyze data and information to complete a report, presentation, or other deliverable to be presented at the conclusion of the fellowship. The types of projects and the data and research methods employed vary based on the host’s needs and the student’s interests and expertise. Previous fellowships have investigated veteran’s access to healthcare, constituent opinions on systemic racism, childcare during the COVID pandemic, a report on the state of the Salton Sea, and the ecological effects of illegal cannabis growth operations.
Currently, fellowships are remote, though can involve site visits and select in-person meetings. Fellows receive mentorship from S2P (Doug Brown) throughout the fellowship and have a dedicated mentor in their host office. Fellowships can extend beyond the 2-3 month time frame with agreement from the fellow and host office.