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Live Chat August 2020: The Perks of Being a Fellow

August 2020 Live Chat happening August 20 from 1-2pm ET


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 August 20 at 1 p.m. ET for the fourth of a six-part live chat series with fellows. Learn how fellows have been impacting science policy for 47 years. Learn about the formal and informal opportunities available to fellows. Hear Fellows’ stories about how they leveraged their experiences, skill sets and networks post-fellowship.

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:

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

The application deadline is November 1.





Cynthia Bernardez, STPF Program Manager





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Kelly Singel, 2019-21 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director. 

Kelly Singel, PhD, (she/her/hers) is a 2019-2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Singel received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, with a focus in Tumor Immunology, from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2018. Her doctoral and post-doctoral work focused on identifying strategies to enhance the anti-tumor immune response in patients with metastatic ovarian cancer. In 2018, Dr. Singel was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Cancer Policy Forum in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. While there, she organized workshops on policy issues relevant to her expertise in cancer. Currently, Dr. Singel works on several trans-NIH initiatives, including strategic planning and communication of the impact of NIH research. She also co-leads the AAAS STPF US Healthcare Policy Affinity Group, which hosts outside speakers and discussions on careers in health policy, innovation in healthcare, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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