Congressional Fellows

MRS co-sponsors two Congressional Fellowships providing members with an invaluable opportunity of public policy learning. Fellows contribute effective use of optical and materials science knowledge in government and broaden awareness of the value of scientist- and engineer-government interaction among our memberships, the federal government and the public.

The application for the 2014-2015 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship and the MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship is now closed. For further information on either Fellowship program, contact Donna Gillespie or the contacts listed for the participating societies.

Click on the links below for details on Fellowship candidate criteria, application materials and instructions, and download and save our Congressional Fellowship program brochure.

   

In this interview from MRS TV at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Kevin Whittlesey, chair of the MRS Congressional Fellows Subcommittee, talks about the MRS Congressional Fellows program.


   

In this MRS interview from the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting, Ashley White reflects on her experiences as the 2010-2011 MRS/OSA Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow.

 

OSA, SPIE and MRS Announce 2013-14 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows »

The Optical Society (OSA); SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; and the Materials Research Society are pleased to announce their 2013-14 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows: Carly Robinson, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), will serve as the 2013-14 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE, and Sydney Kaufman, also a Ph.D. candidate at CU-Boulder, will serve as the OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow. Each will serve one-year terms working as special legislative assistants on the staffs of U.S. congressional offices or committees in Washington, D.C. 

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Congressional Fellows Brochure »

A PDF download of our current Congressional Fellows program brochure.

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2014-2015 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship »

The MRS/OSA Congressional Fellow spends one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates and preparing briefs and writing speeches. The fellow also attends an orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which includes guidance in the congressional placement process, and a year-long seminar series on science and public policy issues. The 2013-14 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow is Sydney Kaufman.

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2014-15 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship »

The MRS/TMS Congressional Fellow spends one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and writing speeches. The fellow also attends an orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which includes guidance in the congressional placement process, and a year-long seminar series on science and public policy issues. The 2013-14 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow is Megan Brewster, Ph.D.  

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