Applying Science to Society: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
Want to contribute your science knowledge to directly address societal challenges? Are you intrigued by the policy making process and seeking a way to develop science policy skills? Then you need to check out "I Had a Monumental Experience. You Can Too: S&T Policy Fellowships Chat Sessions," a series of live text based chat sessions on the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class. Have your questions answered by current and alumni fellows and chat with program staff about the application process and requirements.
In this chat session transcript (review box below), you'll learn how fellows impact science policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies- and starting in September in the judicial branch- and how you can apply your science and engineering background to a career in science policy.
Questions were answered by current S&T Policy Fellow Victoria Gunderson, Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State, and alumnus Efrain Garcia, Executive Branch Fellow 2008-09 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; currently chief of international partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. S&T program staffers Rick Kempinski and Barry Williams answered questions about the application process and requirements.
Read an overview of S&T Policy Fellowships here.
Project Director, Executive Branch, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program
Kempinski directs the executive branch fellowships, leading four program managers in orchestrating productive host agency partnerships. He also helps plan and conduct orientation sessions, participates in outreach and recruitment efforts, and represents the S&T Policy Fellowships nationwide.
Marketing Associate, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program
Williams manages advertising, facilitates outreach operations, orchestrates marketing event logistics, and coordinates vendor relations. In addition, he conducts marketing research and supports social media activities for the fellowship program.
Current AAAS S&T Policy Fellow Victoria Gunderson
2012-13 American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow, 2013-14 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S Department of State
Vickie Gunderson is a foreign affairs officer and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs (2013-14), where she develops U.S. policy and advances U.S. cooperation with China on energy issues. Prior to joining the State Department, Gunderson was an American Chemical Society-sponsored AAAS Congressional Fellow (2012-13) with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources under Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), with a legislative portfolio focused on basic energy-science research and development, low-carbon transportation fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and critical minerals/elements. Gunderson holds a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University, studying energy and charge transfer principles to convert solar energy to electricity and liquid fuels.
Alumnus Fellow Efrain Garcia
2008-09 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
Efrain Garcia is the branch chief for international partnerships in the Division of International Health Security (DIHS) of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, he is in charge of supporting the organization’s efforts to promote and engage in strategic bilateral and multilateral collaborations with international partners to advance science-based public health and medical emergency preparedness and response. Garcia led the interagency Chemical Requirements Working Group for ASPR as an America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2008-9), where he developed medical countermeasure requirements to inform the U.S. government on desired medical countermeasures for chemical agents. Garcia received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University where he investigated the role of serotonin in the mechanism of action of hallucinogenic
Be sure to register to attend our next S&T Policy Fellowship chat session focused on social science opportunities on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.