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STPF Live Chat June 2021: What’s It Like to Be a Fellow? Part I

June Live chat Series



One of the most common questions about STPF is, “What’s it like to be a fellow?” The answer is nuanced and varied, which is why we’re dedicating two Live Chats (June and July) to unpack this question. 

Join us on June 17 at 1 p.m. ET for Part I: A Year of Service. Find out what types of meaningful contributions fellows have made over the last 50 years. What do fellows do on a day-to-day basis? How do they contribute their scientific and technical expertise? And what role does discipline play? 

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to ask fellows your questions about the chat theme.  

Part II: A Year of Learning will take place July 15. View the full chat schedule here.




 Ryan Gallasch, Program Manager, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships




Faith Dukes

Faith Dukes, Ph.D., 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resource Development

Dr. Faith Dukes currently serves as the Director of K-12 STEM Education Programs within the Government and Community Relations Office, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her work is at the intersection of scientific research, STEM education, policy, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She has honed her skills as a science communicator in positions at the MIT Museum and as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. She holds a bachelor of science from Spelman College and completed her Ph.D. in physical chemistry studying photocatalytic semiconductors at Tufts University.

Andrea Gaede

Andrea Gaede, Ph.D., 2017-18 Judicial Branch Fellow, Federal Judicial Center

Andrea H. Gaede, PhD is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in locomotor biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. She is a neurobiologist specializing in investigating how the nervous system uses sensory information to guide complex locomotion in birds. Prior to joining the RVC, Dr. Gaede served as the 2017-2018 AAAS Judicial Branch Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center. She received a BA in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and her PhD in Advanced Medicine from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) in 2012 where she was supported by the International Research Excellence Scholarship and other awards.

Estevan Santana

Estevan Santana, Ph.D., 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy

Dr. Estevan Santana is a Microbiologist who left the lab to pursue a career in public policy. He got bit by the policy bug during his first fellowship experience working in the California State Legislature where he was exposed to fast-paced, high stakes work analyzing pharmaceutical, health care, and education policy (among others). Estevan next moved to Washington, D.C. to participate in the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships where he worked at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy. The most rewarding aspects of the position were the ability to shape U.S. policy and the ability to interact with other federal departments and agencies, where consensus is often key to finalizing important policies. After the STPF fellowship Estevan joined the PhRMA Science and Regulatory Advocacy team working on multiple FDA regulatory issues. Estevan later joined Genentech’s State Government Affairs focusing on state policy issues. 

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