Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session G60: Poster Session I
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LACC Room: West Hall A
Abstract: G60.00063 : Impacting the field of physics by creating a pipeline for undergraduate physics students to work in Congress*
When it comes to science policy, undergraduate students are rarely mentioned, despite having the necessary skills for success in the field. In this poster, I will use my experience as a physics undergraduate and intern for the majority side of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to highlight the need for more scientifically trained people in Congress. I will provide arguments as to why undergraduate physics students offer a solution to this problem. I will also show how that solution can be implemented through the funding of more policy internships for physics students. Finally, I will demonstrate how a relatively small investment in this area can have large impacts on the field of physics.
*I would like to give special thanks to Dr. John Mather, the Society of Physics Students and the American Institute of Physics for helping to fund this opportunity.
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