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STPF Live Chat October 2021: Tips on the Application & Interview Process

2021 October Live Chat


Join us on October 13 at 2 p.m. ET for the final chat in our 2021 series, Ask a Fellow Anything. 

This chat will focus on your questions for fellow and alumni panelists. All questions welcome! 

Miss an earlier chat? View the full schedule and watch on-demand recordings of previous chats here.



Photo of STPF fellow Dr. Marcia Fournier

Marcia Fournier, 2020-22 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (NCI)

Dr. Fournier is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience leading teams and developing innovative health care products applying genomics and machine learning. Marcia came from Brazil to the U.S. as a scholarship recipient to pursue her doctoral studies in oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Recently she founded Dimensions Sciences, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for inclusion of minorities in science. Marcia was Founder, CEO and Board member of Bioarray Genetics Inc. which develops clinical tests for optimal drug treatment of cancer patients. She also was Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, Oncology Center of Excellence for Drug Discovery. She serves as judge and advisor to companies through the MassChallenge Business Accelerator, is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Association for Cancer Research. Marcia has been an honoree twice for the Connecticut Technology Council’s Women of Innovation - Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership. She won a Connecticut entrepreneur of the year award for scalable ventures in 2018.

Photo of STPF fellow Dr. Hai Nguyen

Hai Nguyen, 2018-20 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Integration and Information Portfolio Management

Dr. Nguyen has 15 years of physics teaching experience. At the University of Mary Washington, where he was chair of the Department of Physics, he taught a popular freshman seminar course, "Physics for Future Presidents and World Leaders." The course's objectives aligned significantly with AAAS objectives – it seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." Partly due to this alignment, Hai was selected to be a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in 2018 with a placement in the Pentagon. In 2020, he was hired into a GS-15 position in the Pentagon in Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Future and Cross Cutting Integration, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). He is also a liaison with the Office of Science and Technology of the President (OSTP) in the White House.

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Tracey Wellington, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism

Dr. Wellington is a technical staff member and the program manager for the U.S. Department of State (DOS) activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where she works to translate scientific principles into policy and practice. Prior to this, Tracey served as a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism at DOS, and as a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellow in the Office of Nuclear Export Controls. Tracey holds a Ph.D. in energy science and engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s in mathematical physics from Randolph College.

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