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Live Chat: Why have scientists and engineers in government? Why you? Why now?


The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) program 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 strong network of STEM leaders who understand policymaking and forge broader career paths.

Join us on June 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET for the first of a five-part live chat series with current and alumni fellows. Learn how fellows have been impacting science policy for 45 years. Ask questions to find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF?

Visit the 2018 Live Chat page to read about and RSVP for any of the five chats scheduled this year.

The program is 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).

Apply! The application opens August 1; deadline to apply is November 1.



Cynthia  Bernardez



Maryam Zaringhalam

Maryam  Zaringhalam, 2017-19  Executive  Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Maryam  Zaringhalam  is  a  molecular  biologist  by  training  and  is  currently  an  AAAS  Science  &  Technology  Policy  Fellow  at  the  National  Library  of  Medicine  (NLM),  part  of  the  National  Institutes  of  Health  (NIH).  In  her  position  in  the  Office  of  Health  Information  Program  Development,  she  works  on  policies  around  open  science  and  data  science  training,  which  are  central  to  NLM's  strategic  vision  for  the  coming  decade.  The  work  is  particularly  exciting  given  Maryam's  keen  interest  in  open  science,  which  developed  during  graduate  school  when  her  work  was  scooped  a  whopping  five  times!  Maryam  has  also  cultivated  expertise  in  science  communication,  which  has  served  her  well  during  her  fellowship.  She  is  currently  the  DC  producer  for  The  Story  Collider  and  her  writing  has  appeared  in  Slate,  Quartz,  and  Scientific  American.    Maryam  holds  a  Ph.D.  in  molecular  biology  from  Rockefeller  University.   


Daniel Sanchez

Daniel  L.  Sanchez, 2017-18 AAAS Congressional  Science & Engineering Fellow 

Daniel  L.  Sanchez  is  an  engineer  and  energy  systems  analyst  studying  the  commercialization  and  deployment  of  energy  technologies  that  remove  CO2  from  the  atmosphere.He  is  currently  a  AAAS  Congressional  Science  and  Engineering  Fellow  serving  in  the  Office  of  Senator  Michael  Bennet  (D-CO).  Daniel’s  work  and  engagement  spans  the  academic,  nongovernmental,  and  governmental  sectors.  Daniel  has  previously  held  positions  with  the  Advanced  Research  Projects  Agency-Energy  (ARPA-E),  Green  for  All,  and  the  California  Public  Utilities  Commission.    He  holds  a  Ph.D.  and  M.S.  from  the  Energy  and  Resources  Group  at  the  University  of  California-Berkeley,  and  a  B.S.E.  in  Chemical  and  Biomolecular  Engineering  from  the  University  of  Pennsylvania.  

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