Megan Frisk (Ph.D. ’09, Beebe) has been awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with a placement at the U.S. Department of State, in the Office of the Science & Technology Advisor to the Secretary (STAS).
Frisk is among 266 scientists and engineers who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices. The U.S. government benefits from the contributions of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows who are highly trained scientists and engineers. Fellows, in turn, learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level.
The fellowships are operated as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) mandate to “advance science and serve society.” The aim is to foster evidence-based policy and practice by engaging scientists, social scientists, medical professionals, and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to apply their knowledge and analytical skills for well-informed policies, regulations, and programs, and to build leadership capacity for a strong science and technology enterprise that benefits all people.
The 2016-17 class is comprised of 266 fellows sponsored by AAAS and partner societies. Of these, one fellow is serving in the Federal Judicial Center, 35 are serving in Congress, and 230 in the executive branch among 16 agencies or departments including overseas missions.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society.