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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / Optical Society of America


Term: September 2000- August 2001
Susan Ginsberg

Susan Ginsberg, who earned her PhD in material sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2000, was the OSA/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in 2000-2001.  For her Fellowship year, Susan worked in the office of Congressman Howard Berman (CA-28) on intellectual property issues, handling such diverse issues as Napster copyright debates, distance learning, and the USA PATRIOT Act.

Susan's interest in science policy began during her years in Minnesota , when she served as an intern in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. After leaving Capitol Hill, Susan worked as an advocate for the American Physical Society ( to increase both science funding and the participation of scientists in the political process. Susan currently serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (

The sixth recipient of the annual AAAS Congressional Science Fellowship sponsored by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), Ginsberg received her B.A. in geology from Amherst and M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota before continuing on for her doctorate in materials. In addition, she has served as a research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The Technion ( Haifa, Israel ) and as a research scientist in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.