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Patrick C. Coaty, University of Wisconsin Alumni has Been awarded AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the Department of State

Patrick C. Coaty, University of Wisconsin and Claremont Graduate University Ph.D. (1997) has been awarded a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) with a placement at the United States Department of State.

Coaty is among 278 highly trained 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 STPF fellows while fellows learn first-hand about federal policymaking and implementation.

The fellowship program is operated as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) mission to advance science and serve society. The program aims to support evidence-based policymaking by engaging the knowledge and analytical mindset of science and engineering experts, and foster leaders for a strong U.S. science and technology enterprise. Fellows represent a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages.

The 2019-20 class is comprised of 278 fellows sponsored by AAAS and partner societies. Of these, 33 will serve in Congress and 245 in the executive branch among 19 federal agencies or departments.

“We are truly happy to welcome the 47th class of Science & Technology Policy Fellows this fall,” said STPF Director Jennifer Pearl. “The incoming class of fellows are on their way to making a big step forward in advancing science and society.”

Since the program’s inception in 1973, more than 3,000 fellows have supported the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the U.S. government seeding every corner of Washington and beyond with a high caliber of scientific know-how. After the fellowship, many fellows remain in the policy arena working at the federal, state, regional or international level. Others pursue careers in industry or the nonprofit sector. Those who choose academia often teach or mentor students to understand the policy context for research and the importance of science communication.

Visit to learn more about the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships.

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