Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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A Physics Student in Congress: my experience as a summer intern for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Riley Troyer
Physics Dept./GI UAF



Every year the Society of Physics Students runs a summer internship program. This year 14 physics students from around the nation descended onto D.C. for a variety of different summer projects, from working at NASA to studying physics history. I was lucky enough to be one of these interns and to be working in science policy. Officially my job title was a 2017 AIP Mather Science Policy Intern and I was placed in the majority office of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Over the summer I found that I could use my knowledge and skill as a physics student to contribute to work that the committee was doing. Of course, I did the typical intern tasks, but I also had opportunities to summarize important scientific projects, get involved with UA funding and write a report about energy storage. Spending time in the Senate this summer taught me a great deal about the political process, but it also showed me the lack of scientifically trained people working there, which is an issue that I believe can be remedied. In addition to talking about my experience this summer, I will also introduce the Society of Physics Students: what it is, how it works and how it fits into the UAF physics department.


Friday, 29 September 2017

Globe Room, Elvey Building

3:45 PM