Public Sector Fellowship Workshop 2018

Public Sector Fellowships Panel and Workshop

September 25th 2018 from 4-7pm

Berkeley PhDs and Postdocs: Are you interested in careers in government and policy? Do you want to learn more about postdoctoral fellowships for PhDs interested in government positions?

Join Beyond Academia for the “Public Sector Fellowships” Workshop! The event will begin at 4pm on Tuesday, September 25th in Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union on UC Berkeley Campus.

We’re excited to host:

Teresa Feo (CCST Fellow)

Dr Teresa Feo is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology. The CCST fellowship program trains and embeds PhD-level scientists as staff in the California State Legislature where they contribute their scientific expertise to help craft fact-based policy. Teresa was placed in the Senate Office of Research were she conducts in-depth research and legislative analyses on a wide variety of policy issues. Prior to that, Teresa was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. where she studied the evolution and function of bird feathers as they relate to flight, coloration, and sound production. Teresa received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and her BA in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.

Christa Cesario (ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow)
Christa Cesario joined YBCA as Community Organizing Manager in September 2017 through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. Her work spans a constellation of exhibition-making-related activities, including catalogue production; the development of marketing, outreach, and evaluation strategies for the successful creation and implementation of public programs; and engaging Bay Area residents and community-based organizations in co-designing and participating in YBCA exhibitions. In 2014, Christa received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she later served as a faculty member in Penn’s Critical Writing Program, and as a consultant for the Wharton Executive Development Program. Her work is animated by the belief that culture and the arts are indispensable tools in building community and creating lasting social change.
Kendra Van Nyhuis (Fulbright Fellow)
Kendra Van Nyhuis is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at University of California Berkeley. Her dissertation interrogates the exchanges and collaborations of South Korean and foreign musicians in the underground rock scene in Seoul.  More specifically, her work examines networks, urban spaces, race, gender and labor associated with rock performance in a scene that is both locally and globally focused. Her fieldwork was funded by a Fulbright Junior Scholar research grant in 2016.
Michelle Jungbluth (Delta Science Fellow)

Dr Jungbluth is a 2017 Delta Science Postdoctoral Fellow working in the laboratory of Dr Wim Kimmerer at the San Francisco State University, Estuary and Ocean Science Center. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees in Oceanography from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in December 2016.  Her background includes studies of zooplankton genetic diversity, the role of early life history stages of zooplankton in marine food webs, and development of DNA-based methods for quantifying organismal abundance and biomass. Michelle’s Delta Science Fellowship is focused on revealing the invisible contributors to the diets of larval longfin smelt in different habitats in the San Francisco Estuary through next-generation sequencing the dissected guts of the tiny larval smelt. Through her work, she may discover previously unknown prey that are essential to the diets of longfin smelt and aims to provide an important piece of the puzzle as to why fish assemblages in the Estuary have been in decline for the last few decades.

Elizabeth Goodman (Moderator)

Elizabeth is currently the acting Director of Design at 18F, a technology consultancy within the US Government’s General Services Administration. Previously, she worked with exploratory research and design teams at Intel, Fuji-Xerox, and Yahoo!. Elizabeth has a masters degree in interaction design from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information. She is a co-author of two books: Designing Connected Products and Observing the User Experience.

Fellows will discuss each program in an opening panel and host detailed workshops on the application process. Learn how to make your application stand out! This event will include light refreshments and a concluding networking reception.


  • 4:00 – 4:45 Panel
  • 4:50 – 6:25 Fellowship Workshops
  • 6:25 – 7:00 Networking Reception

Admission is free but requires a $10 deposit to ensure attendance. Attendees will receive a full refund after attending the event or request it 24 hours before the event starts.

Register now!