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What They Say, Fall 2005 Fellows

“The most important thing I learned, and continue to learn, is the numerous types of policy-related jobs engineers and scientists can contribute to.”

“If you are questioning whether you want to spend your life in academia, or if you are interested in seeing what science policy is all about, participating in this fellowship will help you answer your questions. Not only will you learn about science from different perspectives, but you will learn about life from different perspectives. The people you meet at the Academies have a wide range of experiences and outlooks and come from a variety of backgrounds. You will gain a broader understanding of science outside the lab with the added benefit of meeting some great people and having fun at the same time. There’s a lot going on in D.C. and all of it is educational one way or another!”

“This program completely reshaped the way that I view the roles that scientists can play in government and public policy. Whether or not you have any interest in pursuing a career in policy work, this was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience.”

“Do it!!! You won’t regret it. There is a wealth of interesting and useful information within the span of 10 weeks. You will learn more about your own interests lie in the process, gain valuable experience, and make important contacts.”

“This is an experience that every graduate student should have!”

“This program is great for anyone who thinks about more than just their topic of research in school. No matter what career path you are on, the S&T Fellowship is a truly valuable and unique experience.”

“It may sound trite, but this fellowship can change your life. It’s not just the skills you develop or the people you meet, although these are great benefits. But the perspective you have by the time you leave, a new confidence in yourself and a better understanding of what you want to do next and how to get there, is invaluable.”

“While ten weeks in a university setting may seem insignificant in terms of your entire academic career, ten weeks within the fellowship program at The National Academies has the potential to make a profound impact on your educational and professional career, as you encounter on a day-to-day basis science topics of societal importance, network with people in your field (or in a new branch of a field that your interested in), gain a firsthand glance at how Washington DC works, interact with young scientists of all different backgrounds, and gain exposure to a very dynamic and professional work environment.”

“The Fellowship is a fantastic experience! The exposure you get to science policy and the people involved in making it is unbelievable. Even if you are not sure that you want a career in policy, this program will expose you to so many new career options and ideas that is something you must do!”

“This program opens your eyes to an amazing variety of career possibilities for scientists and engineers with graduate degrees.”

“It is a wonderful very intense experience. There are activities every night if you want to attend, and there are so many ways of learning about science and policy work here. If you are uncertain which direction you would like to take your career after your degree, this is a great program for helping you find you options.”