Bob Balster receives Jefferson Science Fellowship
Dr. Balster will begin an active year of service with either the USDoS or the US Agency for International Development on August 15
APA Fellow Dr. Robert Balster was recently awarded a prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) from the US Department of State (USDoS) for the class of 2011-2012. Dr. Balster, who also serves on the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, was selected along with 12 other scientists for a program that the USDoS inaugurated in 2003 in an effort to ensure that US foreign policy is informed by scientists from a variety of science, technology, and engineering disciplines. Dr. Balster is only the second psychologist to receive a JSF, and in its letter of nomination APA’s Science GRO noted the under-representation of psychological scientists in the program’s alumni and the importance of promoting the recognition of psychology as a STEM discipline. Dr. Balster will begin an active year of service with either the USDoS or the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on August 15. Upon completing the fellowship, each Fellow is expected to be available for special projects for the following five years. The JSF program is administered by the National Academy of Sciences and a complete program description and application materials are available on the Jefferson Science Fellowships website. All Jefferson Science Fellowships are contingent upon awardees obtaining an official U.S. government security clearance and so a formal announcement by the USDoS will be released sometime over the summer when the awardees have been cleared.