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Video Chat: All About the STPF Application & Interview

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Have questions about the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows (STPF) application process? What's the best way to prepare for a potential interview as an STPF applicant? Learn from STPF fellows and staff on a live video chat. Your questions will be answered directly by STPF fellows of various discipline backgrounds and career stages. They will also share how their career horizons have broadened and how they are impacting public policy today.

Apply today! The deadline is November 1.

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).

Before the chat, read an overview ot the STPF program to provide more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.



Salaeha Shariff


Ashley Huderson, 2015-2017 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation

Ashely Huderson was a 2015-2017 AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellow in the Engineering Education and Centers’ division at the National Science Foundation. In this role, she provided leadership on developing, coordinating, and implementing support for programs that foster an inclusive climate for pre-collegiate and collegiate STEM students. Currently she serves as the Manager of Engineering Education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she is responsible for advancing and managing the research, development, promotion, implementation, and assessment of products and services that will help colleges of engineering develop their curricula and faculty. She also manages all ASME/ABET operational activities, annual program evaluator selection and assignment to ABET accreditation visits, and ASME evaluator recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation.

Ashely completed her undergraduate training at Spelman College, a certificate in Health Policy and doctoral work at Meharry Medical College. Her post-doctoral work included a fellowship at Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center’s Office of Health Disparities and Minority Research. During her two years at Georgetown University her interest in exposing and helping minority students navigate their STEM careers flourished as she accepted her first adjunct position, affording her the opportunity to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate level students. It was during this time that she decided to turn her sights completely to diversity and inclusion issues within STEM education and embark on a career that would allow her to make a meaningful contribution on diversifying the scientific workforce and empowering those interested in STEM, regardless of their background.

Ashely holds a PhD in Chemistry. 

Peter Wyckoff, 2016-17 Legislative Branch Fellow, Office of Senator Al Franken (D-MN), 2017-18 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Energy

Peter is a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow. As the 2016-17 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Legislative Branch, he was in the Office of Senator Al Franken (D-MN). As a Congressional Fellow, he staffed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as a member of Senator Franken’s office.  He also attended meetings of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse and worked more broadly on the Senator's legislative agenda in energy, environment and agriculture.

Peter is currently a 2017-18 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Executive Branch at the Department of Energy (DOE), in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Peter is on leave as Professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). His research, funded by National Science Foundation and a training grant from HHMI, focuses on the relative importance of climate change, herbivory, invasive species, and nutrient dynamics for predicting forest extent and composition.  As a liberal arts college professor, Pete teaches, reads, and publishes broadly on a large variety of environmental and ecological topics, but with heavy emphasis on climate change, biofuels, agriculture, and the carbon cycle.  Pete teaches both science students for the UMM biology department and policy-oriented students for the UMM environmental studies program.  He helped found the latter program, and served as its inaugural director. Pete is experienced in interpreting science for non-scientists.   He has testified before committees of the Minnesota State legislature and speaks often to various professional and public groups. 

Peter holds a PhD in Forest Ecology. 

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