OSA U.S. Congressional Fellowships: A Career-Shaping Event

Sarah Michaud and Stewart Wills

A year working side by side with policymakers in the U.S. Congress can lead to new perspectives on government, politics and career directions.


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Each year, OSA co-sponsors (with SPIE and the Materials Research Society) two Congressional Fellows, under a program facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The program offers a unique and broadening learning experience for the early- and mid-career researchers who participate. Fellows work on science and technology policy issues, including federal investment in R&D, that shape global competitiveness for optics and photonics, and gain exposure to how U.S. policy affects international markets in areas ranging from energy to STEM education to immigration.

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