New AAAS program for graduate and professional students

Subject line: New AAAS program for graduate and professional students

Dear Chairs and Deans

I am writing to make you aware of a new professional development program for graduate and professional students at UW called Emerging Leaders in Service to Society (ELISS).

ELISS is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the publishers of Science magazine. Our students earned an invitation for UW to become one of four founding partner campuses by participating in an online signature drive last fall. Three other campuses, which include Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Purdue University, are also participating. Our office is providing modest financial support and helping the ELISS graduate student liaisons to market this opportunity on campus. I would like to ask you to help us recruit excellent candidates for the program.

ELISS is a supplement to graduate and professional education in which students learn to collaborate across boundaries to apply their expertise to solutions for society throughout their professional and civic lives. Students from all fields - including professional programs like law and medicine, natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering, and the arts – are eligible to apply. It is a competitive program that requires students to volunteer 3-5 hours of their own time each week and travel three times during a year-long experience. Students must be enrolled through at least the end of 2014 and obtain permission from their supervisors (at the semi-finalist stage) in order to participate. More information about ELISS is online at

I would like to ask for your help to encourage promising candidates from your department or program to apply to the program and faculty members to allow their students to participate in this a program. The experience will help their trainees gain important skills and contacts that will be invaluable for careers ranging from academia to industry to government. Three ELISS liaisons (graduate students) are currently advertising ELISS directly to students across campus. To be eligible for the program, students must complete a short pre-application by June 14, 2013. Thank you for your attention. Please let me know if you have any questions about the program.