Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee

The Policy Subcommittee develops useful resources related to career training policy and works to connect members of the scientific community with elected officials and government agencies.


  • Lynn Marquis (Coalition for the Life Sciences) 
  • Gary McDowell (Future of Research)


  • Explore current policies and their implications for graduate and postdoctoral training, research funding, and the advancement of the scientific enterprise.
  • Communicate with Society members, government representatives, and other scientists.

Initial Projects:

Current Members:

Lacy Barton


Emma Powell


Anthony Arena


Albert Hinman


Lossie Rooney


Read profiles of our current ECS Leaders on Genes to Genomes

Featured Project

Policy Fellowship Database

The Policy Subcommittee developed and curates this unique database to increase the accessibility of policy careers to scientists. The database includes a wide range of training opportunities in science policy and allows users to filter by required education, location, compensation, application deadline, and other features, making it easier to find opportunities that fit the unique needs of each applicant.

As part of this effort, the committee also interviews program officers and former fellows about the application process and fellowship experience from a variety of programs, publishing this valuable information in the “Inside View” blog post series.

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Learn more about Early Career Leadership at GSA

Early Career Scientist Leadership Program

Students, postdocs, and other early career scientists (ECS) are the future of the GSA community. To strengthen their voice in the Society, GSA developed the Early Career Scientist leadership and professional development program. This program provides rich opportunities for early career scientists to develop skills, gain leadership experience, network, and produce concrete deliverables that demonstrate their abilities.

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GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

Peer-reviewers are vital to science, yet early career scientists in our field rarely receive formal training in how to be a good reviewer. GSA and GENETICS are addressing this gap with a program that gives early career members real-world peer review experience. Participants will receive online training, advice from GENETICS editors, and will become reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal.

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Community Voices

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship: An Inside View of Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowships

This post is part of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee’s series on science policy fellowships. You can also search for fellowship opportunities in the GSA Policy Fellowship Database. AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) give scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to the policymaking process. These US-based fellowships […]

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Community Voices

The American Physiological Society Early Career Advocacy Fellowship: an inside view

This post is part of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee’s series on science policy fellowships. The Early Career Advocacy Fellowship (ECAF) is a two-year program to engage early career scientists (ECS) in advocacy activities while they continue their academic work. All members of the American Physiological Society who live in the US and are […]

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Career tips: Applying for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

Guest post by Giovanna Collu Are you interested in applying for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (S&TPF)? Applications are now open and to help you prepare we have compiled some tips we learned from current and former fellows Cara Weismann, Maryam Zaringhalam, and Avital Percher. To learn more about the fellowship experience, read […]

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