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NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


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Dr. Courtney Gibbons
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems 
Class of 2023-2024

Dr. Courtney Gibbons joins NSF after spending a year working for the majority staff of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) as a Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Her policy portfolio on HSGAC ranged from data governance to artificial intelligence, and she will bring her new understanding of the legislative process to NSF as she continues working on artificial intelligence policy.

Gibbons is also an associate professor of mathematics at Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY, where she teaches courses ranging from calculus to topics in computational algebra.  She received her Ph.D. in commutative algebra and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She received her B.A. in mathematics, with distinction, from Colorado College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Gibbons believes that mathematics belongs to everyone—and that finding joy in thinking about math is a human right!  Her active roster of volunteer science advocacy and outreach activities began in elementary school with a letter to President George H. W. Bush regarding his negative public comments about broccoli.  Currently, she writes about mathematics and its applications (and implications) for the American Mathematical Society’s Feature Column.