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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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Julian Reyes, 2019-20 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Change.

Julian Reyes is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Global Change in the oceans, environment, and science bureau at the U.S. Department of State. Currently, Dr. Reyes is part of the negotiations team for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and leads on issues related to gender and climate education, training, and awareness. He also helps facilitate government review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments. Dr. Reyes was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Southwest Climate Hub from 2016 to 2019. There, he worked on data visualization and decision-relevant products to communicate weather and climate impacts on agriculture and risk management. Dr. Reyes was a Science Policy Fellow at the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2014 and Fulbright Research Scholar in 2011 in Germany. He received his PhD in civil engineering from Washington State University.   

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Tracee Gilbert, 2011-12 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Policy and Planning.

2012-13 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Dr. Tracee Walker Gilbert is a passionate entrepreneur and engineering executive. Dr. Gilbert owns and operates System Innovation, LLC, which has provided engineering and program management services to various clients in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) and the Department of Navy Modeling and Simulation.  She has over 21 years of experience leading large-scale initiatives and driving strategy for digital engineering, engineering research, and engineering programs across various domains including: defense, homeland security, medical and public health, commerce/census, and the education sector.  She has held various leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Engility, and served as a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) at Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD). She received her B.A. (Physics, Minor Japanese) from Lincoln University and her M.S. (Systems Engineering), and Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from Virginia Tech. She also studied abroad with the Institute for the International Students in Tokyo, Japan while working as a staff editor for Tokyo Classifieds. She is currently the Chair of the AAAS STPF Advisory Council, and a board member of the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at George Mason University.

The views expressed at this event are the views of AAAS STPF fellows in their personal capacity and do not represent those of the U.S. Department/Agency in which they serve or its policies, or those of the U.S. Government. 

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