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Chat Series: Q&A with S&T Policy Fellows

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STPF Fellows 2016

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With yearlong placements in Washington, DC in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of federal government, the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships fosters a network of STEM leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address today’s pressing challenges. 

Join us for the first in a seven-part chat series on May 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Hear directly from fellows and fellowship staff and learn about the impact policy fellows have been making for over 43 years.  Ask questions and learn how fellows impact science policy initiatives in all three branches of the federal government -- and how you can apply your science and engineering background to transform your career.

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships (STPF) are open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees 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).

Application deadline for the 2017-18 fellowship year is November 1, 2016.

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

Chat Participants

Staff: Salaeha Shariff



Tyler Lorig, 2015-16 AAAS Congressional Fellow, Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Tyler Lorig is an AAAS-sponsored Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow and works as part of the health policy legislative team for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). He is on sabbatical from his academic appointment as the Ruth Parmly Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Washington and Lee University where he chaired the Neuroscience Program for the past 14 years.

While a graduate student at the University of Georgia he studied interactions among sensory systems and later, during post-doctoral study at Yale University, he specialized in studying human olfaction and cognitive neuroscience. During other sabbaticals, he has held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Dartmouth College and others.  Tyler has been awarded several NIH and NSF grants and has served on numerous grant review committees for those agencies. Last year he served on the James S. McDonnell Foundation’s Understanding Cognition advisory board.

The author of more than 70 scientific papers, chapters and a book, his research has addressed the neural foundations of human sensory experience and methods for its study. Tyler has spent his career dedicated to undergraduate education and has been a research mentor to hundreds of undergraduate students. He is passionate about seeing education improve in America, reducing sports-related brain injuries, and using neuroscience to inform the law.


Emmanuella Delva, 2011-13 Executive Branch Fellow, United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Now: International Program Specialist, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID

Emmanuella "Emma" Delva is a New York City native, and currently serves as a Program Manager for the Higher Education Solutions Network, housed within the U.S. Global Development Lab at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Emma was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Executive Branch. Her placement was at the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at USAID. As a S&T Policy Fellow she advised the Senior Coordinator on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, with particular focus on science and technology, gender-based violence, and gender issues in the regions of Africa and Latin America/Caribbean.

Following her tenure as an executive branch policy fellow, Emma was selected for the AAAS alumni fellowship program. She was an AAAS Overseas Fellow (2013-2015), at the USAID/Indonesia Mission, where she served as the Acting Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership Development Objective Team Lead.

Emma graduated from the University of Richmond, with a B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Women Studies. Emma then pursued her doctorate in Biomedical and Biological Sciences at Emory University, followed by an Immunology postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she studied the role of estrogen in regulating differential responses to autoimmunity between males and females.