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Attention UC Graduate Students in STEM Fields: Have you ever thought, "There ought to be a law..."?

STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition

UC Center Sacramento announces the inaugural 2019-2020 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition. The award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The Winner(s) will receive a $250 research stipend and travel reimbursement to Sacramento – should their idea advance through the legislative process – to confer with legislators and/or legislative staff in Sacramento and potentially testify before legislative committees.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 14, 2019 and should include the following elements:

-An abstract of the proposed law, its purpose, and the underlying science or impact on scientific research (250 words or less)
-"There Ought To Be A Law" application form
-Current CV
Completed applications should be sent to .

There will be an informational webinar on April 18, 2019 from 11am-12noon (Pacific Time).  You can register at:  The webinar can only accommodate up to 100 participants and so reservations are required to attend.

Please see the UCCS STEM Solutions Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions regarding the competition can be addressed to Cindy Simmons, UCCS Associate Director, at 

Competition winners will be selected based primarily on the importance of the policy problem and on clarity and feasibility. Please note that if a state legislator decides to author a bill based on your proposal, the legislator will retain ownership of the idea for the duration of the legislative cycle.


STEM Solutions Application

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