STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition

by Vash Doshi, Graduate Career Peer
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 1:52 PM

UC Center Sacramento announces the 2019-2020 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition. The award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The Winner(s) will receive a $1,000 research stipend and travel reimbursement to Sacramento – should their idea advance through the legislative process – to confer with legislators and/or legislative staff in Sacramento and potentially testify before legislative committees.

Deadline Extended: Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, October 24th, 2019 and should include the following elements:

-An abstract of the proposed law, its purpose, and the underlying science or impact on scientific research (250 words or less)
-"There Ought To Be A Law" application form
-Current CV

Completed applications should be sent to

To view a recording of the previously recorded informational webinar, click here.

Please see the UCCS STEM Solutions Frequently Asked Questions. Additional questions regarding the competition can be addressed to Cindy Simmons, UCCS Associate Director, at

Competition winners will be selected based primarily on the importance of the policy problem and on clarity and feasibility. Please note that if a state legislator decides to author a bill based on your proposal, the legislator will retain ownership of the idea for the duration of the legislative cycle.

Applicants are encouraged to read the application instructions carefully and to participate in the introductory STEM Solutions Webinar.  Applicants are also advised to make liberal use of publicly available state legislative and policy resources, including the California Legislative Information and websites operated by State Agencies and Departments.  Technical questions about the application process can be addressed by writing

STEM Solutions Application