U of A Alumna Named State Department Science and Technology Fellow

Courtney Hill

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Courtney Hill

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently named University of Arkansas graduate Courtney Hill a Science & Technology Policy Fellow. During her year-long fellowship, Hill will help develop actionable, science-based policies for the US Department of State.

Hill currently serves as a program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Hill, an honors graduate of the College of Engineering, majored in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability.

She previously served as a Fulbright teaching assistant in English and completed her PhD as a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation. She is one of 300 highly qualified scientists and engineers selected for the 50th Class of AAAS Scholars.

As a Fellow, Hill will gain first-hand experience of shaping and implementing federal policy while bringing her expertise to the work of the US Department of State.

“During my career I have had the privilege of working with scientists from all over the world. Seeing the impact of these collaborations made me realize how important science is in multilateral affairs,” Hill said. “This fellowship will allow me to work at the heart of science diplomacy and build an invaluable network with other policy-minded fellows from STEM backgrounds.”

“AAA Policy Fellows have demonstrated excellence in science policymaking for the past half-century – defining what it means to be a scientist and engineer in policymaking,” said Rashada Alexander, director of the Science & Technology Policy Fellow Program and alumna- grantee . “In our 50th year of partnership with the U.S. government and many respected scientific societies and supporters, we are pleased to usher in the latest class and track their important contributions to politics, science and society.”

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Hill serves as a visiting advisor for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at U of A, where she supports the office’s work with high-performing students competing for prestigious awards in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and… Mathematics.

“Dr. Hill has done a great job for our office,” said Suzanne McCray, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and National Competitive Awards A students are fortunate to benefit from her expertise. We are very proud of her many achievements, which now include being selected as an AAAS Policy Fellow. She well deserves this national recognition.”

The Science & Technology Policy Fellow Program supports evidence-based policymaking by leveraging the knowledge and analytical thinking of science and engineering professionals, and educates leaders for a strong US science and technology company. Fellows represent a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages.

The 2022-23 class of fellows is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Moore Foundation, and partner societies. Of the 300 selected grantees, 31 will serve in Congress, one in the Federal Judicial Center, and 268 on the executive branch of 19 federal agencies or departments.

Many remain in politics after scholarship and work at the federal, state, regional, or international level, while others pursue careers in academia, industry, or the nonprofit sector.

Established in 1973, the STPF program will be its 50th to do with public policy in 2023.

Visit www.aaas.org/stpf to learn more about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships.

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Scienceas well as Science Translational Medicine; Scientific signalling; a digital open access journal, scientific advances; science immunology; and Scientific Robotics. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science serving 10 million people. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. Open to all, the nonprofit AAAS fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through science policy initiatives, international programs, science education, community engagement and more. For more information on AAAS, visit www.aaas.org.

About the University of Arkansas: As the flagship Arkansas institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy by imparting new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and workplace development, discovery through research and creative pursuits, while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few US colleges and universities with the highest research activity. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. See how the U of A works to create a better world at Arkansas Research News.


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