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JD Carlton Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Fellow

JD Carlton Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Fellow

Just this week, graduate student J.D. Carlton was selected as a finalist for a 2023 Presidential Management Fellow. Of the more than 10,000 individuals worldwide who applied for the program, 850 Finalists were chosen. The large number of applications to this competitive program marks a record number of applications over the past ten years.

JD is in the Brett Baker Lab and uses metagenomics to study to understand the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. If awarded the fellowship, it would be his second trip in his graduate career to Washington, D.C., as he spent the summer in an internship with the White House Council on Environmental Quality under a fellowship with The Archer Center.

In a press release issued by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Director Kiran Ahuja said, "Presidential Management Fellows are the next generation of government leaders." "The PMF Program gives Fellows the leadership skills and exposure they need to make a difference in government and an impact within their community. Congratulations to all the 2023 PMF finalists. We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish in public service."


• The PMF Program is the Federal Government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree holders.
• The mission of the PMF Program is to recruit and develop tomorrow’s Federal government leaders from all segments of society.
• This is the 45th year of the PMF Program.
• The 2023 Finalists represent approximately 98 different degree programs across 249 academic institutions worldwide.
• PMFs are appointed to a two-year, full-time Federal position with salary and benefits, where they apply their skills while engaging in leadership development training that includes experiential learning, cohort-based interactive training, and optional rotational experiences.
• The PMF Program offers advanced degree holders a pathway to a permanent career appointment at a Federal agency. Over the last few years, on average, 87% of Fellows took a permanent or term position following completion of the two-year program.
• The program supports Federal agencies government-wide in fulfilling leadership succession planning goals and helps build a core of potential leaders for the Federal government.
• Learn more by visiting the Presidential Management Fellows website and the Current Finalists page.

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