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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.

Program details and application are available via the Optica website.

*Application deadline is 6 January 2023.

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

2022-2023 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow

Clara Tibbetts
Clara Tibbetts
2022-2023 Arthur H. Guenther
Congressional Fellow

Clara Tibbetts,  (she/her/hers) will graduate with her PhD this summer from the Chemistry Department at Colorado State University this summer. She uses ultrafast lasers to study questions in the fields of energy storage and renewable energy generation. For example, she studies electrolyte solutions used in different applications including lithium or sodium ion batteries. Specifically, she has investigated the roles different materials play in determining device lifetimes and efficiency.

Read the press release.

2021-2022 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow

Brandon McMurtry
Brandon McMurtry
2021-2022 Arthur H. Guenther
Congressional Fellow

Brandon McMurtry, currently pursuing his PhD in chemistry at Columbia University, will serve as the 2021-2022 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, which is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE.

"I am honored to have been selected as this year's Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow,” McMurtry said. “I am excited for the opportunity to apply my background in materials chemistry to a range of policy issues, including renewable energy and climate change, while learning about the legislative process first-hand."

Read the press release.

Jefferson Science Fellows

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