Andrew Womack Wins AAAS Congressional Fellowship
Congratulations to Andy Womack, a Postdoc in the Shenk Lab, for this prestigious honor. The AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows are selected in from among outstanding early, mid and senior-career scientists and engineers. AAAS selects and sponsors two Congressional Fellows each year based on their educational and professional credentials and references, demonstrated competence in a specific area of science or engineering, ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and leadership potential. The Congressional Fellowships are designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government. Congressional Fellows spend one year serving on the staffs of Members of Congress or congressional committees, in legislative areas that would benefit from scientific and technical analysis and perspective. The program includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long professional development program and networking activities.
At the conclusion of the fellowship year, roughly equal numbers of Fellows return to their previous positions or other positions in the sector they came from, remain in Washington, DC or other locations working in the policy arena, or go on to new positions in different sectors.