“I feel like I’m an ambassador for science,” says Anna Quider about her new position as a staff member for US Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO). Thanks to a fellowship from the American Physical Society (APS), the University of Cambridge PhD astronomy graduate is now working on such issues as telecommunications, patent law, and education. “About halfway through [graduate school] I realized I didn’t want the traditional academic career,” says Quider, the daughter of a former politician in Buffalo, New York.

Quider is among more than 200 science and technology fellows serving 12-month terms in Congress and the executive branch. More than 30 scientific organizations partner with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which manages the fellowships, to place policy-minded scientists in federal offices or on committees that could benefit from their technical skills. This year the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and four of its member societies,...

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