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STPF June Live Chat 2023: What's it Like to Be a Fellow?

Join us on Monday, June 12 for the first Live Chat of 2023!


Join the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships (STPF) on June 12 at 1 p.m. ET for “What’s It Like to be a Fellow? “If you’ve ever wanted to meet an STPF fellow or are curious about life as a fellow and how it can impact your career path, you don’t want to miss this. This is the first of a five-part live chat series from June through October. View the full chat schedule and register for upcoming events here.



Recruitment Director Mehrab Sarwar in action at a conference.

 Mehrab Sarwar, Recruitment Director




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 Avelino Amado, 2021-23 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense, Basic Research Office 

Avelino Amado is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned his PhD in Kinesiology in 2019. Post-graduation Avelino went on to run the Initiative to Maximize Student Development Program at Weill Cornell Graduate School, a $2.4 million National Institutes of Health award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. As an S&T Policy Fellow, his portfolio has included a variety of policy issues including research security and open access, international engagements, and using his coding abilities to support data driven policy making. Upon finishing the program, Avelino looks to continue working in the government supporting the advancement of technology and innovation.  

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 Rajiv Thakur, 2022-23 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development, Center for Agriculture-Led Growth; 2023-24 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State

Rajiv Thakur is AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Input Systems Division of Center for Agriculture Led Growth at RFS in USAID and is on sabbatical from Missouri State University where he is Associate Professor of Geography. Rajiv's doctoral research titled 'Science and Technology Indicators in EPSCoR States: A Policy Geography' was supported by NSFRobert Noyce Program funding and his dissertation explored the role of strategic science and technology planning in lagging EPSCoR states. Rajiv has research and programmatic interests that lie at the intersection of climate change, innovations, and international development and his policy interests include economic policy, environment and climate science and international development. Within the Input Systems Division, he is a member of the innovations team and contributes to the process of data collection and network mapping to understand and facilitate technology transfer. More recently, he has co-authored ‘Research Design and Proposal Writing in Spatial Science’ (2020) and co-edited ‘Resource Management, Sustainable Development, and Governance: Indian and International Perspectives’ (2021) (both published by Springer Nature). Other experience includes Faculty Senate Chair at Missouri State University, freelance Radio and TV Anchoring and consulting in human resource development (both in India), internship with National Geographic Society headquarters, editorial responsibilities, and serving in leadership positions at Association of American Geographer. As a member of national selection panels, Rajiv has advised Boren Awards and the Gilman Scholarship Program of the State Department.  


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