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.
Are you a mathematician, computer scientist or engineer? Wondering if an S&T Policy Fellowship is right for you? Fellows with a background in mathematics, computer science and engineering have much to contribute and gain from the fellowship experience! Join us July 10 at 2:00 pm EDT for a one-hour live chat session for your chance to ask current and alumni fellows with similar discipline backgrounds about their fellowship experience, and get answers to your questions about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class.
Salaeha Shariff Project Director, Outreach, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program Shariff directs recruitment cultivation, national outreach activities, and diversity enhancement for the S&T Policy Fellowships. She plans and manages annual marketing efforts, oversees advertising, and engages Fellows in initiatives to promote careers at the intersection of science and policy.
Alumnus Fellow Steven K. Sinha 2009-2011 AAAS S&T Policy Executive Branch Fellow Steven K. Sinha is currently a Senior Advisor to the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State. There he leads strategic planning for new diplomatic engagement and development assistance. Dr. Sinha began working at U.S. Department State in 2010 as a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow on the China Desk, managing a broad portfolio of economic and science & technology issues affecting the U.S.-China relationship. He formerly held positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, IBM, and an Internet search startup. Sinha completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and certificate in Management of Technology at U.C. Berkeley; and has a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Current Fellow Melissa Holtmeyer 2013-14 AAAS S&T Policy Congressional Fellow
Melissa Holtmeyer is a current AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow working in the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on energy and environment related issues, which have included EPA clean air regulations, climate change, renewable energy, Vermont's energy portfolio, and the Keystone XL pipeline. During her time in Senator Sanders office, she has drafted legislation, crafted floor speeches and press releases, and provided guidance on Senate procedure to amend large pieces of legislation. Her Ph.D. is in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on reducing pollutant formation and understanding the flame structure of biomass flames using experimental and computational combustion methods. Prior to starting the fellowship, she completed postdoctoral work on advanced combustion techniques using pure oxygen. She has also taught and co-developed courses in heat transfer and interdisciplinary approaches to energy decision-making.
Current Fellow Karen Saxe 2013-14 AMS/AAAS S&T Policy Congressional Fellow
Karen Saxe is the 2013-2014 AMS/AAAS S&T Policy Congressional Fellow, serving in Senator Al Franken’s office. Karen is a professor of Mathematics at Macalester College and current second Vice President of the MAA. She chaired Macalester’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science from 2007-2013. During this time, a new major in Applied Math and Statistics was introduced and has fast grown to one of the most popular majors at the College. Her Congressional portfolio consists of all education issues, supporting the Senator's work on the Senate HELP and Indian Affairs Committees.