University of Alabama alumna named State Department Science and Technology Researcher

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  • Courtney Hill, a University of Arkansas alum, was recently selected a Science and Technology Policy Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hill will assist the US State Department in developing actionable, science-based policy during his one-year fellowship.

At the National Academy of Sciences, Hill is currently a program officer for engineering and medicine. Hill, a distinguished engineering graduate, focused on civil engineering and minored in sustainability.

She completed her PhD as a Graduate Fellow at the National Science Foundation after working as her assistant at Fulbright teaching English. She is one of 300 exceptionally qualified engineers and scientists who were chosen as 50th AAAS Scholars.

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

“AAA Policy Fellows have demonstrated excellence in science policymaking over the past half century, defining what it means to be a scientist and engineer in policymaking. “In our 50th anniversary of partnerships with the U.S. government and many respected scientific organizations and supporters, we are pleased to introduce our newest class and track their important contributions to politics, science and society.”

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

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Hill has served as a visiting advisor to her U of A’s National Competitive Awards Office, working with outstanding students competing for prestigious awards in her STEM field of science. is supported. Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

“Dr. Hill has done an amazing job for our office, including being elected an AAAS Policy Fellow. She deserves this national recognition. ”

The Science & Technology Policy Fellow Program leverages the knowledge and analytical thinking of science and engineering professionals to support evidence-based policymaking and to educate leaders of powerful US science and technology companies. Fellows represent a wide range of fields, backgrounds, and career stages.

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