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Physics Careers Seminar: "Influencing Science Policy via the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship"

Event Type
Department of Physics
Rm. 222 Loomis
Nov 5, 2021   12:00 pm  
Dr. Brianne Gutmann, AAAS Fellow, National Science Foundation
Lance Cooper

Abstract: The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) is an opportunity for scientists to learn about policy and contribute their science expertise to federal policymaking. The program places each fellow with a mentor in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government, also in the context of a specific agency or office. The day-to-day of fellows vary a lot depending on the offices they choose and projects they’re interested in taking on. The everyday work is complemented by program-wide professional development from AAAS and a lot of networking!

In this talk, I’ll briefly describe how my interests in science activism led into my post-grad research and the AAAS STP Fellowship. From there, I will give a big-picture overview of the fellowship and application process, then work into specific details of my placement. I’ll describe the different fellowship branches and types of work within each, and give details of my experience in the executive branch, specifically within the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program at the National Science Foundation. I will talk generally about my experiences within the NSF and my work with program officers and the program monitoring team on the HSI Program.

Bio: Brianne Gutmann is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, working as a STEM Education Evaluation Strategy and Research Fellow for the Hispanic Serving Institutions Program at the NSF. Her background is in physics education, with expertise in adaptive online learning tools, identity-responsive mentoring and community building, and ethics in science education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2019, working with Tim Stelzer in the physics education research group. Before her fellowship, she completed a postdoctoral position at Texas State University, where she developed and implemented curricula to engage students in conversations about ethics, science, and society. She is also an organizer for The Access Network, a national network of student-led organizations working for equity in STEM.

This seminar will be presented in a hybrid mode. Anyone interested in seeing the seminar remotely via Zoom should contact Lance Cooper at

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