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Live Chat: Why You? Why STPF? Why Now?



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 May 30 at 2 p.m. ET for the first of a six-part live chat series with current and alumni fellows. Learn how fellows have been impacting science policy for 46 years. Ask questions to find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF?

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.




Jessica Soule, STPF Director of Recruitment, Marketing & Alumni Engagement





Emily Brooks, 2018-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Park Service
Dr. Brooks is an ethnographer and environmental social scientist, with a focus on water scarcity, climate change, and environmental justice from a community-scale perspective. She currently works with the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program, where she pursues her commitments to public service through social science, and advancing equity-minded environmental policy. Dr. Brooks received her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Anthropologies of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of California, Irvine.


Travis Kent, 2018-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health
D. Kent was born and raised in Boise, ID before moving to Pullman, WA for school at Washington State University. He started working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Griswold as a freshman undergraduate in 2009 working on the consequences of aberrant regulation of vitamin A metabolism on the production of sperm. He continued his work in Dr. Griswold’s laboratory in graduate school and earned his PhD in 2015. Dr. Kent then moved to The Jackson Laboratory and begin working with Dr. Mary Ann Handel on the role of testosterone in the completion of male meiosis. Having had an interest in public policy, he applied and was accepted to the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships and was placed in the Fertility and Infertility Branch and Contraceptive Research Branch of the Division of Extramural Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Disease.



LaKisha Odom, 2013-15 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Odom joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in September 2016 as a Scientific Program Director to pursue her commitment to promoting the use of innovative science and interdisciplinary thinking to tackle today’s complex challenges in food and agriculture. She is also extremely committed to cultivating increased diversity in a new generation of food and agriculture scientists. At FFAR, Dr. Odom spearheads scientific direction of the Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms challenge area and manages a portfolio of projects that address issues in soil health, water scarcity, plant efficiency, ecosystem services, and developing the next generation of food and agricultural scientists. Dr. Odom received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Tuskegee University, her M.A. in Environmental Resource Policy from The George Washington University and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University.

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