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The AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP), generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, aims to improve collaboration and community ­building in science. It provides a year-long professional development opportunity to individuals who cultivate member engagement and collaborative relationships within scientific associations, research collaborations and other communities of scientists.

For general inquiries about the Community Engagement Fellowship Program, please email

In a recent discussion with AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, several young women said that animal anatomy had turned them off to science. “I didn’t like the pig dissection,” said Xena Issifi, an eighth-grader from Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.