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The STPF Application & Interview Process

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. Over 45 years, STPF has been fostering a strong network of STEM leaders who understand policymaking and forge broader career paths.

Join us on September 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET to chat live with STPF fellows and ask your own questions. Find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF? Register for other upcoming chats on the Live Chat series page.

Apply! Applications open August 1 through November 1.


STAFF: Cynthia Bernardez


Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., 2015-16 Executive Branch Fellow at USAID and 2016-17 Executive Branch Fellow at NSF
Joe is a subject matter expert for the Department of Defense, where he leads technology incubation and classified publications for the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s Journal of DoD Research & Engineering. As an STPF fellow at NSF, he fostered entrepreneurship, incubations and technology commercialization of research that has been supported previously by government funded research. He served a similar fellowship role at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where he designed and developed predicative algorithms to measure USAID’s influence on their bilateral donors and partners. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Materials Science Engineering from the University of South Florida. He earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Vandana Janeja, 2017-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Vandana is an associate professor in the information systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). While on sabbatical, she served her fellowship at NSF in the Directorate of Computer Information Systems and Engineering (CISE). Her research is in the area of big data analytics with a focus on data mining and anomaly detection across multiple application areas. She has published in various refereed conferences such as ACM SIGKDD, SIAM Data Mining, IEEE ICDM, National Conference on Digital Government Research, IEEE ISI and journals such as IEEE TKDE, DMKD, KAIS and IDA. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from Rutgers University. She completed her MBA from Rutgers University and MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research has been funded through federal, state and private organizations including NSF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MD State Highway Administration, CISCO.

Jenelle R. Walker, 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Jenelle received a B.S. in biology and M.S. in exercise science from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. in physical activity, nutrition, and wellness at Arizona State University. She completed a NIH/NINR T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Science in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation; served as faculty associate in the Health Sciences program at Arizona State University; and as a research assistant professor at Hampton University. Janelle’s research is focused on the promotion of effective and culturally relevant holistic health solutions for domestic and global populations.

Jackie Ward, 2017-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Jackie coordinates the NINDS programs that are part of the Helping End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, a trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Prior to her fellowship, she was a postdoc and graduate student at the University of California San Diego where she received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in 2016. Her work focused on understanding the underlying disease mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Prior to that, she received a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Rhodes College in Memphis.

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