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Are you interested in connecting your health and/or medical sciences training to public policy? Want to transform your career by using your health/medical training to address societal challenges?

Learn how veterinarians, physicians, and doctoral level health professionals have enhanced policy and transformed their career path through a one-year public service and professional development fellowship in science policy.   

Join us on June 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a one-hour live chat session where you'll learn how fellows impact policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and the judicial branch -- and how you can apply your science and engineering background to transform your career.

The "Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers: Chat Series with S&T Policy Fellows” is a series of live text and video chat sessions with current and alumni fellows. Interact with fellows and fellowship staff and learn about the impact policy fellows have been making for over 42 years.

Chat Partcipants:

Carolyn La Jeunesse, DVM, 2014-15 AVMA Congressional Fellow

Dr. Carolyn “Carrie” La Jeunesse is a 2014-15 Congressional Fellow sponsored by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the Office of Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). As a Congressional Fellow she works on issues related to advance wildlife management, global health issues, biosurveillance and biosecurity for emerging disease, international development, and marine debris issues for the office.

Carrie is a veterinarian practicing primarily emergency and critical care medicine. As the owner of LaJeune Consulting, she specializes in professional and organizational leadership and development and facilitates cross-sector and interdisciplinary alliances that support individuals and institutions collaborating to solve vexing problems threatening health and human security around the world. Carrie advises and consults to domestic and international governmental, private sector, philanthropic organizations and leaders, and institutions of higher learning across a range of issue areas in global health, emerging disease, international development and crisis response. Policy, program management and fieldwork have taken Carrie from planning and execution of international humanitarian assistance, disaster response and development programs, to conflict transformation in post-conflict Liberia and domestic disaster and crisis response.

She is a past President of the Washington State Veterinary Association, a former Program Manager for Veterinarians Without Borders U.S., a former Director on the Board for the Northwest Association for Biomedical research and serves as a Strategic Advisor for Veterinarians International. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.

Nivedita Mohanty, MD, 2014-15 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation

Nivedita Mohanty is a 2014-15 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF she is in the Smart and Connected Health program, a joint initiative at the NSF and the National Institutes of Health (NH) which supports research in novel, fundamental science across diverse health dimensions to transform health and healthcare.

Her professional background includes experience in community health, academic medicine, clinical research, and international volunteerism. She has served as a volunteer pediatrician with multiple organizations with service missions for children with HIV, physical and developmental disabilities, burns, and congenital heart and cranio-facial defects in Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America.  

Nita holds a MD from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Following her residency, she has been a practicing physician in community health at Erie Family Health Center in Chicago.  She is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and has inpatient responsibilities at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is also a continuity clinic preceptor for the University of Chicago pediatric resident program. Her clinical research has been in practice based utilization of point-of-care technologies. 

Her future career path after fellowship integrates research leveraging health information technology for multi-center research to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, clinical practice, and medical education.​

Salaeha Shariff, Director of Recruitment, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program

Salaeha 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 with scientists and engineers in initiatives to promote careers at the intersection of science and policy.


View other upcoming and archived chat sessions in this series.

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to doctoral level degree holders in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).


Read an overview of S&T Policy Fellowships here, so we’ll have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.