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Live Chat: What's It Like to Be a Fellow?

August Live Chat

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 14 at 3:00 pm ET for What It’s Like to be a Fellow? the fourth of a six-part live chat series with current and alumni fellows. Ask questions to find out what happens in the day of a fellow.

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:

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

The application deadline is November 1.

Before the chat, read an overview of the STPF program so we have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.




Cynthia Bernardez, Program Manager, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships





Emerald Nguyen, 2016-2017 Congressional Fellow & 2017-2019 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Division of Behavioral and Social Research

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 policy analyst contracted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) bringing her social science background to address issues related to the scientific workforce. She was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) working on initiatives related to population health. Previously, Emerald was the 2016-2017 American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, advising on healthcare and immigration policy issues.


Mamadi Corra at the Federal Judicial Center

Mamadi Corra, 2018-2019 Judicial Branch Fellow, Federal Judicial Center, FJC Research Division

Dr. Mamadi Corra is the 2018-2019 AAAS Judicial Branch Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC. As a Judicial fellow, Dr. Corra is working on examining various entities of the Federal judiciary (e.g., electronic case filing and processing systems, court proceedings, websites and records, Judicial Conference and AO policy manuals) to see the extent to which they are accessible to persons with disabilities. He is also working on identifying key scientific advances in assistive technology that can help in making courts more accessible. His primary goal is to provide guidance on remedies to barriers on access to courts.

Dr. Corra is a sociologist with research, scholarly and policy interests in socioeconomic disparities of race, ethnic, gender and class distinctions, transnational migration, and international development. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and both an MBA and a BS (with double majors in Business Administration and Sociology) from Gardner-Webb University. After completing his Ph.D., he taught sociology for a year at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and thereafter at East Carolina University as sociology professor and Affiliate Faculty with the African and African American Studies Program. He is currently an Associate Editor of Immigration and Society, a specialty section of Frontiers in Sociology, and Chair of the W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Selection Committee of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Membership Committee of the ASA Section on Social Psychology.

Dr. Corra is an experimental social psychologist by training, but also conducts research using large-scale datasets like the General Social Survey, the American National Election Study (NES) and the decennial U.S. Censuses and the American Community Surveys (as represented in the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series/Samples or IPUMS). His research has been funded by grants from several funding sources, including the National Science Foundation. His more than two dozen refereed articles and chapters have been published in journals including Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociological Focus, Sociological Perspectives, Race and Social Problems, and The Western Journal of Black Studies.


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Shachee Doshi, 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development, Center for Digital Development

Dr. Shachee Doshi is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to joining USAID, she was a doctoral student and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, studying the mechanistic underpinnings of both injuries in the nervous system as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS. As part of the Strategy & Research team in the Center of Digital Development, within the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, she is currently focusing on providing support to other agency colleagues around the sustainable and appropriate use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital identity systems and blockchain in international development programming.

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