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AIP Mather Policy Intern
U.S. House of Representatives
Experience Science Policy Firsthand
The primary purpose of the AIP Mather policy internship program (supported by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts) is to promote awareness of, and interaction with, the policy process in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate physics students.
Ashley and fellow SPS intern Benjamin are working in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, directly engaging in science policy issues and efforts in the nation's capital. As part of their service, Ashley and Benjamin are introducing the other SPS interns to the public policy process by arranging field trips to appropriate science policy events or locales–Congressional hearings, governmental agencies and/or facilities, for example.
As of May 2014 I am an alumna from Davidson College with a major in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. My research specialization is semiconductor spectroscopy which has particular relevance to the advancement of solar energy. Beginning in the fall of 2014, I will be pursuing a Juris Doctor degree, tentatively from the University of Virginia School of Law. My three passions: law, the environment, and physics are all coming together through the Mather Policy Internship with the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
While Davidson, North Carolina quickly became my home away from home over the course of my short time there, I am originally from Cutchogue, New York, located on Eastern Long Island. On campus, I am an active member of the Environmental Action Coalition, Food Club, and Society of Physics Students. I also work as a Peer Research Advisor at the Davidson College Library. In my free time I love to run, cook, read, and play tennis and softball.