In 1986, ACS created another opportunity for chemists to gain experience in the policy arena through the ACS Science Policy Fellowships. ACS Science Policy Fellows join ACS External Affairs and Communications (EAC) staff for 1–2 years. There, fellows work with experienced EAC staff to provide information to policy makers on the role of science in public policy, advance specific recommendations on issues affecting the chemical enterprise, and inform and involve ACS members in the policy process. While many other scientific societies support congressional fellowships, ACS is one of only a handful to offer the broad sampling of experiences that the ACS Science Policy Fellowship program affords. The Congressional and Science Policy Fellowships, which together form the ACS Public Policy Fellowship Programs, began successfully bridging the divide between science and policy 45 years ago. The Public Policy Fellows will tell you the experience is life changing. But the long-term returns on the ACS Public Policy Fellowship Programs become more striking when you consider that today, 45 years after the Congressional Fellowship Program’s inception, there are more than 90 former ACS Public Policy Fellows.
by Raymond Forslund, Chair, ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs |
May 18, 2019