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STPF Class of 2019-2020!

The 2019-2020 fellowship class is beginning to take shape. A few weeks ago, hundreds of semifinalist interviews took place over the course of seven days. Along with two legislative branch fellows sponsored by AAAS and one judicial branch fellow, 174 executive branch finalists were chosen.

Meet the Finalists

“I have to say that seeing the new cohort of @AAAS_STPF Fellows announcing their status as finalists has me both excited and nostalgic. 7 years ago I got that very same email and cried,” tweeted STPF alumna Yaihara Fortis (on Twitter, March 13).

Remember that email you got notifying you as an STPF finalist? The new executive branch finalists will be here April 8-12 to interview for placements. Current fellows are an integral part of a great finalist week. Participate in interview week lunches and happy hours to provide insight and help future fellows network!

Have an idea for connecting finalists with potential placements in your agency? Please contact your program manager.

Become an STPF Recruitment Ambassador

We’re looking for ambassadors to help recruit future fellows at outreach events. Outreach is also a great way to practice the art of science communication and hone your networking skills. If you’re attending a conference in which STPF is participating, come spend time with us in our booth, participate on an STPF panel, and/or volunteer to speak at an informational session at a nearby university. Click here to see where we’re going and how you can get involved!

Going to a conference at which STPF will not be present? Let us know! Request STPF outreach materials (slide deck, talking points, info cards) here.

Present at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting

Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth is the theme of the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting, taking place in Seattle, WA. Consider submitting a proposal for a scientific session or career workshop. The deadline to submit is April 18.

Education & Events

Workplace Negotiation Skills to Increase Influence and Yield Better Results

Shaw Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Convention Center, 901 L Street NW
Friday, April 5; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Negotiation skills are imperative to communicating science and impacting policy. Specifically tailored for STPF, this session provides you with practical approaches and skills to help accelerate desired outcomes. Equipped with negotiation skills, you will be better positioned to serve as science policy leaders across the academic, government, nonprofit and industry sectors.

Harassment and Discrimination Workshop

AAAS; Abelson/Haskins
Monday, April 15; 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Led by Mariana Strategies, this workshop will examine issues related to workplace civility and respect, what constitutes inappropriate behavior, and the policies and intervention strategies that can prevent harassment and discrimination from occurring. This session will provide clarity on what to do if you see or experience harassment and the steps you can take to intervene and stop discriminatory behavior.

Effective Scientific presentations

Hilton Garden Inn Washington Downtown, 815 14th Street NW
Tuesday, April 30; 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

While scientists receive ample training on how to perform research, there is often little, if any, on how to communicate it. We like to think that data “speak for themselves” and the reader need only see the results to believe and accept the conclusions. But readers will not always be convinced without an accompanying strong message that backs up the data. This workshop will provide you with the tools to craft an effective scientific talk that is informative, convincing and captivating to your audience.

AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy

Thursday & Friday, May 2 – 3

Engage with the nation’s top S&T policy experts, strengthen existing relationships, and create new ones. The Forum is the foremost public meeting in the U.S. on S&T policy. Dive deep into conversations with key decision-makers at networking sessions and participate in peer-to-peer solution-sharing on issues driving S&T policy. Registration includes entrance to the William D. Carey Lecture and Reception on Thursday, May 2. Current fellows receive a special discounted rate.

AFPI Employees

Find all financial info & forms on your Dashboard on FellowsCentral.

Before you pay for travel or training... AAAS approval must be received prior to expending funds. You will not be reimbursed if you don’t follow this rule.

Need to make a change to a request for PTO or travel/training approval? If your PTO (paid time off) plans change or your travel/training date, location, etc. changes, email the change(s) to prior to expending funds. Changes can’t be made online.

Submit your TER on time. Travel expense reports (TERs) must be submitted no later than 30 days after your trip or training.