La Follette School student Andrew Merluzzi has been selected for the 2017Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Beginning in January, he will spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., along with approximately two dozen other students and early-career professionals.
Merluzzi participates in the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and expects to receive his master of public affairs (MPA) degree in 2017 and his doctorate in 2018. At the National Academies, he will work with the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice in the Health and Medicine Division.
The Fellowship Program, now in its 19th year, provides participants with the opportunity to learn about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. The full-time, hands-on training and educational experience is designed to engage participants in the process that informs U.S. science and technology policy.
As a group, the fellows will identify six science and technology policy topics of interest to them, and each participant will be randomly assigned to a group that will select a relevant article and prepare a one-page document that summarizes the topic, identifies key stakeholders, and raises questions for discussion with other fellows.