Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship

The Optical Society / SPIE

Term: 2013-2014

Carly Robinson

Carly Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, studying Atmospheric Chemistry. Her research, with Dr. Margaret Tolbert, involves investigating water uptake on atmospherically relevant liquid-liquid separated particles for inclusion in radiative transfer models. Robinson also holds a M.S. in Atmospheric Chemistry from CU Boulder, and a B.S. in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Michigan Technological University. She is a member of the Optical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Physical Society.

In addition to her Ph.D. studies, Robinson has also been very active in CU Boulder’s student government, serving as the Student Body Vice-President. She also served as Legislative Council President for the overall student government and the Chemistry Representative for the graduate student government. During her tenure, Robinson oversaw the government’s autonomous budget of $36 million, hired and managed student staff, revised student fee policies, and organized student events. One of her main causes with the graduate student government has been to promote open-access to research. She organized CU Boulder’s first Open Access Week – consisting of events aimed at educating attendees on the issue – and wrote a resolution from the graduate student government advocating for a university open access policy.

During her fellowship Robinson hopes to serve as a resource to policy makers on science-related issues, particularly climate change, and to be able to educate fellow scientists on how they can impact science policy. After her term, she plans to continue working with the Federal Government and is particularly interested in working with the U.S. Department of State on climate change and energy future.