Former Global Change Education Program (GCEP) Participant to Receive AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship Award for 2005-2006


Dr. Paul Higgins, who was supported by GCEP when he was a graduate student at Stanford University, will be awarded the joint American Meteorological Society (AMS)-University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Congressional Fellowship for 2005-2006. This Fellowship Award is aimed at early-to-mid-career scientists with a doctorate degree, who desire to make a contribution to public policy by working on Capitol Hill. The Award allows the awardee to spend a year working as a legislative assistant to contribute his scientific expertise to a Member of Congress or a congressional committee. The Award provides an opportunity for the awardee to apply science as a solution to public problems and issues. In their assignments as Congressional Science Fellows, awardees undertake a variety of tasks, some of which may be directly related to their training, but all of which will enable them to use their scientific education. Dr. Higgins graduate research at Stanford was on ocean thermohaline circulation and its effects on marine ecosystems. His advisor at Stanford was Dr. Steve Sneider.