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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / The Optical Society

AbdelhaqTerm: 2013-2014
Sydney Kaufman

Sydney Kaufman is currently completing her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research, under the direction of Dr. J. Mathias Weber, is in photodissociation spectroscopy of transition metal salts. She also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from McGill University.

Kaufman also leads an active life outside of the lab, including being a Contributing Editor to the online publications Novus Light Today and Solar Novus Today. Her articles focus on photonics and solar energy policy, as well as associated environmental, trade, technological, and economic issues. Kaufman’s other extracurricular activities include being: co-director of the CU chapter of the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP), an organization that works to promote dialogue between scientists, policy makers, and the public; co-director of Women in JILA, which organizes seminars to discuss professional development and work/life balance issues; a Graduate Student Representative on the JILA Graduate Student Committee; a science mentor with Earth Explorers; and a volunteer with the Partnership for Informational Science Education in the Community (PISEC), which hosts science education activities at local elementary schools.  Prior to graduate school, Kaufman spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer based out of Anchorage, Alaska, then worked for a small environmental consulting firm.

During her Fellowship, Kaufman is interested in working on energy development policy and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the STEM fields.  She is particularly interested in working for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, or for their members.