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The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) program 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. For more than 45 years, STPF has been fostering a strong network of STEM leaders who understand policymaking and forge broader career paths.

Join us on October 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET to chat live with STPF fellows and ask your own questions. Find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF? See past chats on the Live Chat series page.


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Julia Bradley-Cook
2015-2016 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow sponsored by ASA/CSSA/SSSA
2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development

Julia is a climate advisor in USAID’s Africa Bureau where she provides technical support and program management for international development programs focused on climate smart agriculture, landscape-scale carbon management, climate information services, and low emissions development. As a Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow, Julia worked on energy and natural resource policy in the office of Senator Ron Wyden. In this capacity, Julia drafted legislation, letters to executive agencies, and vote recommendations. Afterwards, she transitioned to an executive branch fellowship at USAID, where she led the development and implementation of a learning activity investigating low-carbon energy opportunities in agriculture value chains and supported program design in Africa. Her previous work experience includes: Climate Central, Inc., the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and the Gobabeb Training and Research Center. Through her dissertation research at Dartmouth, Julia conducted research on biological feedbacks to climate change in Greenland’s tundra ecosystem.   


Emerald Nguyen
2016-17 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow sponsored by American Sociological Association
2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow at National Institutes of Health

Emerald is a sociologist with expertise in health, family dynamics, and immigrant integration. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California-Davis where she studied the causes and consequences of complex living arrangements among immigrant and US-born families during and after the Great Recession. Currently, she is a fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) working on topics including health disparities, formal and informal caregiving, and Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. She also supports the activities of the Office of Research Resources, which manages NIA-funded studies including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and others. Previously, Emerald was the 2016-2017 American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow working for Representative Mike Honda (CA-17) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) on healthcare and immigration policy issues.

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