Early Career Scientists

Resources and opportunities to make a difference

Are you a scientist, engineer, health professional, or economist working towards an advanced degree or within 3 years of graduation? If so, you are eligible for the UCS Science Network as an Early Career Scientist. By joining the Science Network, you will join a community of more than 24,000 experts across the country. Science Network members have joined UCS in taking on tough challenges and advancing science-based solutions critical to our health, safety, and environment—and winning concrete victories. Wherever you are on your career path, we offer resources and opportunities that will help you use your expertise to make an impact on the issues that matter to you.

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Resources for early career scientists

Whether you are interested in making science policy your career, you want to engage in a personal capacity, or you’re just not sure where to begin learning about how you can get involved in the policy-making process as a scientist, the Early Career Scientist resources we offer can guide you on your search. 

View videos on getting involved in science and policy

Hear directly from UCS experts about how to get involved in the policy making process as an expert and pick up the skills you need to be effective. (Use the menu link in top left corner for the full playlist of available videos.)

Professional development for science advocacy

From working with journalists to effective use of social math, UCS scientists and analysts share insights learned from years of campaigning for science-based solutions.

Science Network workshops

Each of these hour-long webinars, featuring presenters from inside and outside UCS, offers a deep dive into a particular topic in science communication and advocacy.

Read science communication tips

Tips on science communication best practices.

Check out writing samples and guidelines