Nikki Sanford, 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting

SPS Mather Internship: US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Invited Oral Presentation at the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida

As a Society of Physics Student Mather Intern, I worked in the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Science Space and Technology. Nobel Laureate Physicist, Dr. John Mather, created this program to promote awareness of science policy among young physicists. In the Science Committee, I was directly involved in the legislative process through research projects, working with staff, and attending committee hearings and markups. I will discuss my experiences on Capitol Hill and interactions with Congressmen, staff, and experts in the scientific community. A physics/scientific background, along with opportunities from this SPS Internship with Congress has been extremely applicable and beneficial to my future career path and current studies at William and Mary Law School.