Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships®: Quotes from Members of Congress

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Herger_Wally“The AAAS Fellow who served on our staff for a year benefitted our office and our district greatly. Having a health care expert with real life experience as a physician is an invaluable resource. As Congress works to reform our health care system we need to seek out input from those who have dedicated their lives to practicing medicine, and I can think of no better way to do so than by having a qualified, capable AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow® on staff.”

- Congressman Wally Herger (R CA)


Rush_Holt“The AAAS Fellowship Program provides members of Congress with a degree of scientific expertise not found on many Congressional staffs, and it presents AAAS Fellows with an intimate role in the process of decision-making in public policy. Legislative issues with scientific and technological implications are brought before Congress each day, and partnership with the AAAS Fellowship Program offers members an abundant reserve of scientific expertise.”

-Representative Rush Holt, (D- NJ) and Former Congressional Fellow (1982-83, sponsored by APS)


Inslee_j“For many years, I have hosted AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellows® in my Washington, DC office and believe that a Member of Congress and all constituents benefit from the Fellows’ high-quality work and science-based perspective. A greater understanding of science is greatly needed in Congress and year after year AAAS Congressional Fellows bring a scientific perspective to Capitol Hill for the benefit of the nation as a whole.”

-Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA)



markey_e“The AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellows® Program is the best fellowship program on Capitol Hill and I have been consistently impressed with the high quality of the Fellows who have come to my office under the program. It has been incredibly valuable to me and my staff to get the benefit of the scientific and technical expertise that the Fellows bring with them. Our Fellows, in turn, have had a hands-on opportunity to participate in the legislative process, which many of them have told me later marked a turning point in their professional careers.”

- Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA)


simpson_m“I really do not know how we would have gotten through this past year without my AAAS Fellow’s help. At the start of this year our senior staffer who was responsible for energy, defense and nuclear power issues transferred to the House Appropriations Committee. I was very fortunate that my Fellow, with his background in engineering, science and the military, was available and able to pick up her issues without missing a beat. His knowledge and guidance on issues is invaluable to me as I make decisions here in Congress.”

- Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID)



snowe_o“The AAAS Fellowship Program provides Members of Congress the unique opportunity to augment their legislative staff with skilled and talented people to assist in critical legislative and policy endeavors. I could not be more pleased with the quality and professionalism of the AAAS Fellows who have added significant value to our legislative efforts on myriad issues.”


- Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME)

stark_p“My office has benefitted greatly over the years from participating in the AAAS Fellows Program. We’ve had Fellows with advanced degrees ranging from mental health to bio-technology. The ability to work with Fellows who have this level of scientific expertise has not only helped inform my policy decisions, it’s brought an essential perspective to the work that my staff does. The AAAS Fellows, in turn, gain insight and experiences that are only available here on Capitol Hill. I think the program has exponential value as all of us who participate — Fellows, Members of Congress, Congressional staff — bringing the lessons learned into future endeavors.”

- Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA)


wyden_r“AAAS Fellows bring outside expertise and a fresh perspective to addressing a whole host of important and complex issues. The unique professional experience of these individuals contributes significantly to our task of developing meaningful legislation, effectively representing our constituents and providing relevant congressional oversight.”


- Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)