WHAT PROGRAM ALUMNI SAY ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
"The Fellowship Program helped me understand the importance of the science-policy intersection and how we can make science more policy relevant. It is this understanding that inspires my research and motivates me to seek out opportunities to engage with water managers and planners outside of academia. I have, and will continue, to encourage a shengthening of the science-policy intersection, both inside academia and beyond."
"The Mirzayan Fellowship helped me realize that there are unlimited career paths for scientists outside of the lab."
"As a non-scientist and attomey, I feel like the education that I received through my connections in the program went far beyond a normal educational experience. It is a truly interdisciplinary program where brilliant young minds at the start of their careers become colleagues, learning from each other, and letting their experiences shape their own ideas about the intersection of science and policy. Lawyers and scientists don't always see eye to eye, but my participation in the fellowship showed me that we have much more in common than people often think. Bringing together the science side with the law and policy side and fostering understanding between the two, like the Mirzayan fellowship does, can have very valuable outcomes for the individuals involved and for society in general."
"The Fellowship Program provided me with my very first training in how scientific and technical issues play arole in national security and international affairs. It was this experience that made me decide to pursue work in international scientific affairs at the State Department and USAID, where I was able to make significant contributions to complex international relationships, such as our scientific collaborations with Pakistan and development programs in Afghanistan. The Program completely redirected my career path for several years."