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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

Deadline for 2020-2021 Application cycle is October 23, 2020

UC Center Sacramento announces the 2020-2021 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition. This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive $1,000 for research support and -- should their bill advance through the legislative process –travel expenses covering a trip to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff.

-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 .

To view a recording of last year's informational webinar, click here.

For questions, 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.

 Applicants are encouraged to read the application instructions carefully and to participate in the introductory STEM Solutions Webinar.  Applicants are also advised to make liberal use of publicly available state legislative and policy resources, including the California Legislative Information (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml) and websites operated by State Agencies and Departments.  Technical questions about the application process can be addressed by writing csimmons@ucdavis.edu.

 

For the STEM Solutions Application please click below: 

STEM Solutions Application

 

2020 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Winners

We are proud to announce the winner of the 2020 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award! The award recognizes an outstanding proposal for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The winners received a $1,000 research stipend and will confer with legislators and legislative staff in Sacramento. In addition to the winners, we have also awarded Special Commendations to five outstanding applicants who we believe also deserve recognition for their proposals. Please join us in congratulating our Winners and five Special Commendations!

Award Winners

Emily McGlynn

University of California, Davis

 

Kavya Samudrala & William Ota

University of California, Riverside

 

Special Commendations 

Holly Andrews & Lindsey Pedroncelli

University of California, Riverside

 

Juliana Chase & Nicholas Karavolias

University of California, Berkeley

 

Emily Graves

University of California, Davis

 

2019 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Winners

We are proud to announce the winner of the 2019 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award! The award recognizes an outstanding proposal for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The winner received a $750 research stipend and conferred with legislators and legislative staff in Sacramento. In addition to the winner, we have also awarded Special Commendations to five outstanding applicants who we believe also deserve recognition for their proposals. Please join us in congratulating our Winner and five Special Commendations!


STEM Solutions Update: UC Berkeley’s Eric Lee 

UC Berkeley graduate student Eric Lee won the 2018-19 UCCS STEM Solutions Award on the basis of his proposal for legislation to improve labeling of probiotics. Mr. Lee (now Dr. Lee, following successful completion of his dissertation), writes:

Ultimately, the bill made it through the Assembly Health Committee, Assembly Floor Vote, and Senate Health Committee before it was flagged for the suspense file, where it then died. Along the way, I worked closely with one of Assemblymember Quirk's CCST fellows to help write supplementary documents for the bill and testified as an expert witness in both Health Committee hearings. Throughout the process, both Democrats and Republicans were surprisingly supportive of the bill, so the Assemblymember is considering trying again next cycle. I'm hoping to stay in touch with him about that.

Congratulations, Dr. Lee, for applying your scientific knowledge in the interest of better public policy, and for working closely with elected representatives to improve probiotic safety for all Californians!

Dr. Eric Lee

For more information, see the press release here.

Special Commendations 
Brenna Briggs
University of California, Irvine
 
Jessica Jagdeo
University of California, Santa Barbara
 
Joshua Mueller
University of California, Santa Barbara
 
William Ota
University of California, Riverside
 
Hannah Safford
University of California, Davis
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