Fellows in the Field: Farewell, 2015 Science Fellows!
By SHANNON MUIR
After an exciting year of analyzing legislation, advising policymakers, and running through the
State Capitol halls to make deadlines, we, the 2015 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy
Fellows, have concluded our training. As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect on my past year as a Science Fellow. A
number of questions came to mind: How did it go by so quickly? Where did it all start?
CalTAC was formed in 2005 as a means for bringing real world classroom experience - the wisdom
of practice - to policy makers and others whose decisions affect the quality of science and math
education in California schools. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly
accomplished teachers from across the state, CalTAC has been working to provide greater
opportunities for students to engage in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic
CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy
In 2009, CCST launched a program to embed scientists directly in the California state
legislature. Ten young PhDs scientists were awarded fellowships in a variety of committee and
legislator offices in Sacramento. Five years later, this pilot program has been declared a success
and extended. Our Fellows are in high demand in Sacramento, and their contributions have been
praised year after year on the floor of the California Assembly and Senate.