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UNF’s Dr. Josh Melko awarded the American Chemical Society Congressional Fellowship

March 23, 2021

Headshot of Dr. Josh Melko on a grey backgroundDr. Josh Melko, University of North Florida associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Congressional Fellowship and sabbatical for the 2021-22 academic year.

This highly competitive fellowship resulted in only two spots being awarded nationwide. The ACS Congressional Fellowship Program, part of a larger program administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, places two fellows on Capitol Hill each year as staff members in the office of a senator, representative or committee member.

The program provides policymakers with high quality information on science-related issues and educates scientists on how government works and how science policy is made. It is part of a broad effort that places about 30 scientists per year in Congress.

Melko will work with congressional staff, helping to research and draft legislation and provide input on policy review and oversight. He will participate in a wide variety of activities including briefing members of Congress on scientific and technical topics; meeting with constituents and special interest groups; writing issue and policy briefs, talking points, speeches, and press releases; drafting and negotiating text for legislation; staffing budget authorization bills from preliminary agency reviews to House-Senate conferences; coordinating oversight investigations; planning and implementing events in Washington and in congressional districts; and organizing hearings.

Melko will return to UNF in Fall 2022.