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For Immediate Release: Contact: Peter Peretzman
Date: 03/9/2023 609-900-5626
New Brunswick, N.J. (March 8, 2023)—The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick today announced a partnership with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to create a Climate Action Track for Eagleton Science Fellows.


Rutgers Eagleton Science Fellows Program places PhD-level scientists, engineers and health care professionals as in-house science aides in state government offices to help develop and implement science-based policies.


This new partnership between Eagleton and NJBPU will pilot a Climate Action Track, directly connecting STEM-trained academics with critical public policy design and development opportunities benefiting the State of New Jersey.


“We are very pleased to collaborate with Eagleton on this very important initiative,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Not only does the Climate Fellows Program provide scientists and engineers with professional development opportunities in the clean energy sector, but the program also provides NJBPU with STEM-trained professionals with the right skillsets to help us put in place the important initiatives we are working on to mitigate the impact of climate change.


Climate Action Fellows will be embedded within NJBPU’s Division of Clean Energy helping to achieve Governor Murphy’s ambitious goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035. For the 2023-2024 cohort, up to four Eagleton Science Fellows will join the Climate Action Track.  NJBPU will fund this cohort of fellows.


“The program has placed three Eagleton Science Fellows at NJBPU since the fellowship’s inception in 2019,” said Anna Dulencin, director of the Eagleton Science and Politics Program. “During their time at NJBPU, the Science Fellows have worked on a variety of projects, including offshore wind, solar, energy storage and exploration of tidal and wind energy generation.”


Dulencin said two alumni from the Eagleton Science Fellows program are employed as research scientists at NJBPU.


“We are thrilled to partner with the Board to create the Climate Action Track, which will allow the Fellowship to intentionally attract applicants who are passionate about climate change mitigation and clean energy policies in New Jersey,” she said.


Since the program was launched in 2019, 23 fellows have been placed with state government agencies, including the New Jersey Office of Innovation, the N.J. Department of Education, the N.J. Department of Health, the N.J. Department of Transportation, the Senate Majority Office and the Assembly Majority Office.


“At Rutgers, we are connected by a commitment to the public good,” said Dulencin. “The Climate Action Track is an opportunity to expand its impact and service to the State of New Jersey as it relates to climate action.”


“Collaborations such as these are critical to accelerating climate action in New Jersey,” said Angela Oberg, associate director of the Rutgers Office of Climate Action.


NJBPU and Rutgers have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing this important collaboration.


The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship is accepting applications for the July 2023-July 2024 term.






The Eagleton Science and Politics Program is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Program explores: how science, technology, and American politics intersect; the political systems that connect them; and how deeper understanding and clearer communication within and across these disciplines can benefit policymakers, scientists, and the larger public.



The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick studies how American politics and government work and change, analyzes how the democracy might improve, and promotes political participation and civic engagement. The Institute explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.



Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’s flagship university is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It is home to internationally acclaimed faculty and has 12 degree granting schools and a Division I Athletics program. It is the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse university. Through its community of teachers, scholars, artists, scientists, and healers, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.



About New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)

NJCEP, established on January 22, 2003, in accordance with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (EDECA), provides financial and other incentives to the State's residential customers, businesses and schools that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing energy usage, lowering customers' energy bills and reducing environmental impacts. The program is authorized and overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and its website is


About New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
NJBPU is a state agency and regulatory authority mandated to ensure safe, adequate and proper utility services at reasonable rates for New Jersey customers. Critical services regulated by NJBPU include natural gas, electricity, water, wastewater, telecommunications and cable television. The Board has general oversight and responsibility for monitoring utility service, responding to consumer complaints, and investigating utility accidents. To find out more about NJBPU, visit our website at