Last spring, Associate Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gibbons was awarded a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is one of 300 fellows chosen to become members of the 50th anniversary STPF class. Gibbons began her fellowship in September when this year’s STPF cohort gathered in Washington, D.C., for a two-week orientation program.
The AAAS program partners with the U.S. government in providing fellows the opportunity to spend a year in Washington contributing their scientific training in the policymaking realm. Gibbons has been chosen to serve in Congress, while others will serve the executive branch and the Federal Judicial Center.
According to the AAAS website, the mission of the STPF program is “to connect science with policy and foster a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges.”