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Policy Fellowships

 Congressional Fellowships


Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The SPIE/OSA Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow works in the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative or with a Congressional Committee to gain first-hand knowledge of congressional operations, contribute to the policy-making process and forge links between the engineering, scientific, and public policy communities. Fellows gain a perspective that enhances their industrial, academic or government careers as well as the optics community's ability to more effectively communicate with Congress.

Christina Willis
Christina Willis
2019-2020 Arthur H. Guenther
Congressional Fellow

Congressional Fellowship Overview (PDF)
Congressional Fellowship Application Details (PDF)

2019-2020 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow

SPIE Senior Member Christina Willis, currently serving on the SPIE Board of Directors, will serve as the 2019-2020 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, which is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE.

“It's a huge honor to be selected for the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship, and I am excited to learn as much as I can about the legislative process and how science policy is crafted,” Willis said. “My background is in physics, optics, and high power lasers, and I look forward to expanding my skill set by working on a broad range of technical topics, especially the areas of energy and environmental policy, STEM education, and STEM diversity.”

Read the press release.


Jefferson Science Fellows

Tenured academic scientists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible for selection to be Jefferson Science Fellows. Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

Program details and applications are available on The National Academy of Sciences website.

Contact our public policy staff at policy@spie.org for more information about these programs.