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STPF regional gatherings
Alumni enjoyed each other’s company at three regional gatherings (Boston, Seattle and San Francisco) last month.

Alumni are integral to the STPF program in myriad ways that benefit both parties. Read on for news on different activities and events.

As you may know, the first phase of the process for selecting new fellows is application evaluation. Each mid-November to early December, alumni fellow application readers review applications, which helps determine which ones will move forward to Selection Committees. For this application cycle, alumni responded in record-breaking numbers: 248 readers! Click here to become a reader.

“Reviewing applications is truly putting me in a good mood. These people are inspiring. I plan to volunteer as a reviewer again in future years if I am able,” said Katharine Kripke, 2003-04 Executive Branch Fellow.

The Alumni Engagement Advisory Committee (AEAC) is composed of alumni from multiple classes, program areas, and disciplines. One of the AEAC’s first priorities is a comprehensive survey to jumpstart strategic planning for enhancing alumni engagement. It will be deployed to more than 3,200 alumni in January. Please pass the survey onto other alumni.

The Fellowships Advisory Committee (FAC) is a guiding body to the STPF program. It provides input and counsel on policy and programmatic issues and to strategic planning efforts. The 18-member board includes alumni fellows and consists of diversity as it relates to sector, discipline, geography, and affiliation with the program. Recently, the FAC approved a new partner society: American Educational Research Association.

Learn and network with alumni at these upcoming events.

  • February 11-15. The AAAS Annual Meeting is a major event for STPF. Held this year in Washington DC, the theme of the meeting is Global Science Engagement. We anticipate a large audience of current and alumni fellows. Share your fellowship experience with prospective applicants at the STPF booth in the exhibit hall; complete this form to volunteer. On February 13, join everyone at the annual Science Policy Networking Mixer. Know someone who is interested in becoming a fellow? Tell them to attend the STPF informational session on February 14, Opportunities at the Intersection of Science & Policy.
  • April 14-15. Since 1976, the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy has been the place where insiders go to learn what is happening and likely to happen on the federal budget and about policy issues that affect researchers and their institutions.
  • May 5. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will host Science Diplomacy 2016, a one-day conference that will bring science diplomacy thinkers and practitioners together. See the event page for more information including how to submit session or poster proposals.