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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / The Optical Society

AbdelhaqTerm: 2012-2013

Mirvat Abdelhaq

Mirvat Abdelhaq earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. Her research, with advisor Niels H. Damrauer, involves synthesizing and characterizing novel transition metal complexes with renewable energy applications. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. work, Mirvat attended the University of New Mexico where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in History. She is a member of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Mirvat has been active in community service and extracurricular activities throughout her time in school. At Boulder she served as the Co-Director of the Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy (FOSEP), an organization that works to promote dialogue between scientists, policy makers and the public. She also volunteered as a Mentor with the Boulder County Community Services Mentoring Program, working with teenagers in the juvenile system; Energy SWEEP, a program that distributes and installs energy efficient materials to low-income households and; as a tutor for female Sudanese refugees. At the University of New Mexico Mirvat - a native Arabic speaker - worked as a chemistry and Arabic tutor at the university’s Center for Academic Program Support and was certified as a Master Tutor by the College Reading and Learning Association.

Mirvat has long been passionate about chemistry and history and sees a career in science policy as a way to unite her interests. She sees an important role for government in advancing science and is looking forward to working towards this goal and helping bring about change. She is particularly interested in working on food and agricultural policy, renewable energy and science, technology engineering and math (STEM) education issues.