Public Sector Fellowships 2017

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Join Beyond Academia for “Public Sector Fellowships for PhDs” Workshop”

Event will begin at 4pm on Monday, October 16, 2017 in Pauley Ballroom at the MLK Student Union at UC Berkeley.

Fellows will discuss each program in an opening panel and host 45-minute intensive workshops on the application process.

Download Agenda (Schedule + Speakers)
Monday, October 16th, 2016
4:00-4:45 –    Panel [Pauley West Ballroom]
4:50-5:35 –   First Workshop session: Pauley West Ballroom [ CCST ] //Pauley East Ballroom [ ACLS ]
5:40 –6:25  – Second Workshop session:Pauley West Ballroom [ AAAS ] // Pauley East Ballroom [ PMF ]
6:25 – 7:15 –  Networking Reception

Come prepared with your questions about the application and interview process, and learn how to make your application stand out from recent fellows.

The event will include light refreshments and a concluding networking reception.

Event is free but requires a $10 deposit refunded upon attending the workshop.

We will host current and past fellows from:

Allison Kunerth, PhD candidate in Public Health, Health System Specialist at San Francisco VA Health System,

Allison Kunerth is a doctoral student at Saint Louis University pursuing a PhD in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness. She is hoping to graduate in the Spring of 2018, with her dissertation focused on syndromic surveillance and preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks in our local communities. She also serves as a Presidential Management Fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in the Strategic Planning and Outreach Office. In this role, she works to bring forth research capabilities into healthcare market trends, demographics, epidemiology and projections of the patient population in order to better serve Veterans.

Nilofar Gardezi, PhD in English

Dr. Nilofar Gardezi is a Program Impact Analyst / ACLS Public Fellow with BAVC. Before working at BAVC, she was a lecturer and fellow at UC Berkeley in the Department of English. Nilofar holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in English and a B.A. from Yale in African American Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and hanging out with her family in beautiful Oakland.

Jon VanLeeuwen, PhD in Neuroscience 

Dr. VanLeeuwen is a neuroscientist who also has experience working at the intersection of science and policy. He serves as Managing Director for the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, he works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop Committee recommendations that advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on how best to understand and treat the health conditions associated with service in the Gulf War. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. As a faculty member in the Department of Neurology, he is interested in how technology can be used to advance research and clinical care, and also leveraged to make a global impact. Dr. VanLeeuwen previously served in the civil service at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as Special Advisor on Data and Analytics in the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources. He made his foray into federal policy as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, also at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. VanLeeuwen received his scientific training at Northwestern University where his research focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity in aging and disease.

Kristin Warren, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kristin Warren made history in 2016 when she became the first African-American female to receive a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her journey to that point began as a eleventh grader when she attended the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS), a residential high school located on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. Upon graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
With the Gates Scholarship, Warren was able to attend Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, in Flint, Michigan where she had the opportunity to co-op at the General Motors Proving Grounds and Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. The Gates Scholarship afforded her the ability to pursue her doctorate as well. Her dissertation title was “Passive Mechanical Lysis of Bioinspired Systems: Computational Modeling and Microfluidic Experiments.”
Working with the California Legislative Black Caucus, Warren has the opportunity to utilize the skills used in her academic career to apply to issues she is most passionate about including increasing diversity in tech and making STEM accessible to marginalized groups.
John Paulas, PhD in Classics: Classical Languages &  Literatures

Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley 
John Paulas oversees the Townsend Center for the Humanities fellowships, workshops, and grants programs for UC Berkeley faculty, students, and research professionals. He works closely with Center leadership on the development and administration of sponsored projects, such as the Art of Writing program and the Course Threads undergraduate curricular enhancement project. After receiving his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Chicago, John taught at several U.S. colleges and universities. His research and publications consider Greek literature of the Roman Empire, ancient Mediterranean culinary practices, and literary and scientific discourse on food in Greek and Latin texts. John is a member of the Berkeley Food Institute.

Interested in applying to those fellowships?

Learn more:
– CCST Fellowship:
– AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship: Fellowship:
– Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Program:
– PMF Program:

Time and place:

4 pm – 7:30 pm
October 16, 2017

Pauley Ballroom
Martin Luther King Student Center
UC Berkeley Campus