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Scientific Societies

FYI is supported by the American Institute of Physics, a federation of 10 scientific societies. FYI covers issues of special concern to these societies and their positions on select issues as well as the activities of other major scientific societies.

13 Nov 1998

Would you like to stroll the marble halls of Congress? Do you wish you could contribute a voice of science and reason to policy debates? Have you ever wondered whether law-making is really as messy as sausage-making, as the old adage says? The American Institute of Physics and The American Physical Society are looking for physicists who have an interest in science policy and the process of making legislation. Applications are now being accepted for the 1999-2000 AIP and APS Congressional Science Fellowships.

16 Dec 1999

Scientists with an interest in policy, take note! There is now less than one month before the application deadline for the AIP and APS 2000-2001 Congressional Science Fellowships. For those PhD scientists who want to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the lab bench, who believe there is a need for technical advice and analysis in the conduct of national policy, this is an opportunity to make a difference.

29 Oct 1999

"The road to the hearts and minds of Members of Congress is through their staffs," says Peter Rooney, a PhD physicist who spent a year working for Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) as an APS Congressional Science Fellow. As the country approaches a new millennium, the need for scientists who can contribute technical knowledge to the lawmaking process has never been higher.

27 Sep 2001

At the beginning of this year, the American Institute of Physics and the U.S. Department of State signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new Fellowship program. Now, nine months later, the first AIP State Department Science Fellow, George Atkinson, is beginning his term at the Department. As Atkinson paves the way for future Fellows, AIP is now beginning to accept applications for the 2002-3 Fellowship term.

18 Sep 2001

In the coming months, AIP will hold competitions to select its State Department and Congressional Science Fellows for next year. The AIP Fellowship programs offer U.S. scientists an interesting opportunity to assist your country by providing technical advice and analysis to the nation's domestic or foreign policymakers.

2 Feb 2001

We are announcing a new opportunity for interested scientists to make a unique and substantial contribution to the nation's foreign policy process! AIP and the Department of State have established a new Science Fellowship program, and are seeking candidates for our first Fellowship selection. The program is open to members of AIP's ten Member Societies, who have interest or experience in foreign policy issues. Applicants must be U.S.

27 Nov 2002

The American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society are now seeking applicants for their 2003-2004 Congressional Science Fellowships. Are you interested in how the federal government utilizes scientific and technological knowledge to make policy? Do you wish to have an active role in informing legislative and policy decisions? If so, you should consider applying to the AIP and APS Congressional Science Fellowship programs. Application materials are due by mid-January. Please see below for further information on applying.

24 Oct 2002

To scientists interested in foreign policy and international relations: There is still time to apply to a program that Secretary of State Colin Powell has praised as "making a real difference" in the work of the State Department. The application deadline for the 2003-4 AIP State Department Science Fellowship has been extended to allow applicants additional time to submit the required materials.

All application materials must now be postmarked by NOVEMBER 8, 2002. Materials can also be emailed or faxed; please see below for instructions.

10 Nov 2003

A resolution passed by the House on October 28 (H. Con. Res. 279) recognizes the 30th anniversary of the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and pledges continued congressional support for the program. The American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Optical Society of America are some of the scientific societies that participate in the AAAS program by annually sponsoring Fellows to work on Capitol Hill.

10 Nov 2003

In an October 28 speech on the House floor, Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-CA), called the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowships "a shining example of a collaborative program that benefits all who participate." The fellowships, he said, are "a remarkable partnership between Congress and the 30 or so participating professional societies that select and fund the Fellows." Rep.