Arielle (they/them) joined the Schmidt Science Fellows team in May 2022. They help facilitate a positive Fellowship experience to allow Schmidt Science Fellows to maximize the impact of their science. Working with the Director of Strategy and Fellowship Affairs, they are responsible for much of the day-to-day Fellowship support, handling queries, resolving issues, and engaging in proactive outreach. Arielle also has an integral role in helping to build the lifelong Fellowship community, including helping to organize Senior Fellows programming and drive engagement with the online Fellows Hub.
Prior to Schmidt Science Fellows, Arielle was a Program Officer at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In this role, they managed projects related to creating a more equitable and inclusive academic ecosystem, including a multi-year initiative supporting higher education institutions implementing evidence-based practices for addressing sexual harassment and a consensus study report on addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM).
Arielle holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College. Their dissertation work used electrophysiological approaches to examine the connectivity and modulation of cortical circuitry, with the goal of identifying fundamental principles dysregulated in psychiatric disease.