A Lewis-Burke client had several distinguished researchers involved in science advocacy but wanted to add more early career researchers to ensure a continued pipeline of volunteers and improve connections with legislative audiences.

Lewis-Burke proposed the idea of a new fellowship program to engage early career researchers in advocacy and enrich the societys federal activities. Lewis-Burke developed the idea and society leadership carried it through to board approval. Lewis-Burke implemented the new fellowship program including, designing a call for applications, helping choose the fellows, and developing and executing programming.

The new fellows participated in the societys policy committee meetings and have been adding valuable insights and participating in congressional visits. Fellows are also conducting individual projects, including developing new white papers, writing articles and op-eds, and participating in community exhibits that enhance the societys visibility.  The fellows have learned through the program about advocacy and science policy through dedicated trainings, positioning them to be future leaders.