Each year the CCST Science Fellows program recruits a corps of ten PhD scientists and engineers. These Science Fellows spend one year in Sacramento, directly serving policymakers within the California State Legislature.
Working as legislative staff within the State Senate or State Assembly, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California. CCST Science Fellows work alongside with legislators to evaluate complex scientific issues, interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers.
These talented individuals gain valuable experience and training in public policy making. In turn, state lawmakers are given access to science-savvy staff members, helping them to craft fact-based policies. (from website)