2009-10 Sam Nunn Security Program Fellowship

Sam Nunn Security Program fellows visit to Oak Ridge National Lab
Sam Nunn Security Program fellows visit to Oak Ridge National Lab

In my first year in the PhD program at Georgia Tech, I was selected as a 2009-10 Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow. The Sam Nunn Security Program is committed to educating scientists and engineers about national security issues and providing the analytical tools they need to interact with the policy community. The Program selects young and mid-career scientists and technology experts as fellows, and provide intensive year-long training in research approaches and policy formulation methods for addressing national and international security issues.

The year-long fellowship has been an eye-opening experience for me. As an incoming PhD student in International Affairs with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I gained much knowledge and understanding on issues of international security and international political economy through completing two 3-credit-hour courses, collaborative teamwork, independent research, and field trip activities. The program was led by Prof. Seymour Goodman and Prof. Danny Breznitz at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

In the fall of 2009, we traveled to the state of Tennessee and visited the Oak Ridge National Lab for one weekend. It was an exciting visit to the prestigious research institution and such a privilege to listen to the bright scientists and engineers working there talking about their respective programs.

Oak Ridge lab visit

Oak Ridge lab visit

In the spring of 2010, we traveled to Washington D.C. for a week-long intensive field trip. The trip was packed with sites visits to exciting places, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Congress, the Pentagon, the White House etc. We met up with many intelligent practitioners working on issues related to science and technology and public policy, including several Georgia Tech alumni working in the Congress as AAAS fellows. We also had a wonderful meeting with the senator of the state of Georgia, John Isakson at his office. It was a fantastic week to be exposed to the science policy making process at the nation’s capital.

Sam Nunn Fellows Meet with GA Senator John Isakson

Many thanks to the Sam Nunn School and the MacArthur Foundation’s Science, Technology, and Security Initiative for supporting the fellowship and giving me the opportunity to be part of the program.

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