AIP State Department Science Fellows

Christa Hasenkopf

2013-2014
American Geophysical Union

PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Colorado in 2011, came to the fellowship after studying air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Placement: 
USAID in the Office of Science and Technology as part of a team that will be creating a research and innovation fellowship program.
Fellowship funding: 
AIP
James Borgardt

James Borgardt

2012-2013
American Association of Physics Teachers

Borgardt has been a professor of physics at Juniata College since 1998, he has served as SPS chapter adviser since 1999. While at Juniata, Borgardt initiated a collaboration with scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories researching the capabilities of large-area radiation detectors which have since been deployed at US border crossings in an effort to interdict the illicit transport of nuclear material. Borgardt has spent time in India as the on-site director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad program and as a visiting professor of Physics at Cochin University of Science and Technology. Borgardt received his PhD in physics from the University of Arizona in 1998, training in atomic and molecular physics using a MeV Van de Graaff accelerator.

Placement: 
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Fellowship funding: 
AIP
Sarah Case

Sarah Case

2011-2012
American Physical Society

Condensed-matter physics graduate of the University of Chicago. Prior to her fellowship, Case served for three years as a program officer at the National Research Council, where she directed studies on the role of nuclear energy in the US future energy mix and worked with the Department of Energy on assessing proliferation risks in nuclear fuel cycles.

Placement: 
US State Department's Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs
Fellowship funding: 
First year funded by AIP; second year funded by State
Matthew Sharp

Matthew Sharp

2009-2010
American Astronomical Society

Matthew Sharp is a PhD physicist from the University of Chicago trained in the use of technology and quantitative analysis to unravel the secrets of the largest and smallest structures in the universe, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, focusing on the role that technology can play in verifying compliance with a disarmament treaty.

Placement: 
U.S. State Department Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Fellowship funding: 
AIP

Suzanne Parete-Koon

2008-2009
American Astronomical Society

Recent Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Tennessee.

Placement: 
Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science
Fellowship funding: 
AIP