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May 11, 2023
APS is thrilled to announce the 2023-24 Congressional Science Fellow, Sophia Chan. Chan received her doctorate in chemical engineering from Columbia University in 2022, and her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017. She is currently a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the California Council on Science and Technology.
APS sponsors the fellowship under the umbrella of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Fellowships to make individuals with scientific knowledge and skills available to members of Congress, few of whom have technical backgrounds.
In turn, the fellowship program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the policymaking process. Fellows work directly with congressional leaders and staff for a year, usually from September to August. They also complete a two-week orientation in Washington, DC, interview on Capitol Hill, and then choose a congressional office or committee.