Ben Somers is a Program Operations Coordinator in the Research Competitiveness Program. As a program operations coordinator, Ben supports RCP through a variety of activities, including the management of international and domestic grant proposal programs for academia and the federal government, assisting in the development of RCP marketing resources, and maintaining the Program's website. Prior to his current position, Ben was a writer in the Office of Public Programs where he wrote about science policy, education, peer-reviewed research and other AAAS efforts to advance science and serve society. Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Ben received a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and and a M.A. in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University.