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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





Asa Rubin, 2018-19 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Defense
Dr. Rubin grew up in Florida but has spent the last 14 years in the northeast. He studied physics and aerospace engineering at MIT before transitioning to study medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Asa completed his pathology residency at Jefferson University Hospital and hopes to use his medical and engineering training to help advance policy in different areas while learning about the process.


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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