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Live Chat: Application and Interview Process


The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about public policy while contributing valuable knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. STPF fosters a network of STEM leaders who understand government and policymaking. Fellows gain invaluable knowledge of and experience with processes and priorities that drive public policy as well as a holistic understanding of our nation’s scientific enterprise.

Join us on September 19 at 1:00 pm ET for Application & Interview Process, the second-to-last of the 2019 live chat series with current and alumni fellows. Learn how fellows have been impacting science policy for 45 years. Ask questions to find out how to make your application stand out from the crowd.

View the full chat schedule here.

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships 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 an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

The application deadline is November 1.

Before the chat, read an overview of the STPF program so we have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.




Jessica Soule, STPF Director of Recruitment, Marketing & Alumni Engagement




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Janani Prabhakar, 2017-2019 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Janani Prabhakar is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who was a 2017-2019 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow. Before the fellowship, she studied the neurocognitive development of memory and decision-making from infancy through adolescence, where she could be found herding sleeping children into MRI scanners at 11pm at night. During her fellowship, she worked as a program officer in the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health. In April of this year, she left the fellowship to begin a permanent position in the same office and role. Her program at NIMH funds research that investigates the developmental mechanisms and trajectories that underlie anxiety-related disorders, OCD, and eating disorders. When she is not making funding decisions, she can be found doing a myriad of outdoorsy things, particularly with her outdoor group Wild Wilderness Women (www.wildwildernesswomen), and also watching cheesy SciFi.



Kim Binsted, 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow, Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

After completing her Ph.D., Kim conducted research at Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories on human-computer interfaces, and started a company, I-Chara KK, which developed social agents for cellphones. In 2002, she joined the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii, where she does research on AI, astrobiology and long-duration human space exploration.

Kim was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Ames Research Center (2003/2004), and Chief Scientist on the FMARS 2007 Long Duration Mission, a four-month Mars exploration analog in the Arctic. In 2009/10, she was a program scientist at the Canadian Space Agency. She spent six months (2016/2017) in Russia on a Fulbright Award.

Kim is now the principal investigator on the NASA-funded HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, project.


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Teresa Parr, 2018-2020 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development, Program and Strategic Planning Office 

Dr. Parr is a clinical psychologist by training. In that capacity, she has worked in a variety of therapeutic, educational, medical, community, and research settings serving as a therapist, consultant, program manager, researcher, and educator. Throughout her career, she has focused on how knowledge from behavior science can be adapted to inform programs and services in personal, community, and policy settings.

Dr. Parr also has experience in a number of roles in the private sector, including as a small business owner, operations manager, publisher, and product designer. She has collaborated with other researchers, schools, and community organizations to conduct studies and develop programs focused on the improvement of cognitive functions and addressing educational inequalities. Her most recent research involved an international collaboration with researchers from multiple universities and school districts. Dr. Parr is currently serving her second year as a AAAS ST&P Fellow contributing to the team in the Global Development Lab as a gender advisor and program manager. 

Dr. Parr is currently interested in how best practices in research methodology can be applied to improving policy design and implementation. 

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