The Materials Research Society (MRS) and Optica are pleased to announce the selection of Rachel Starr as the 2021-2022 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.
Rachel Starr will graduate with her PhD degree in chemistry from Columbia University this summer, with a focus on applied materials chemistry. She has worked on a range of projects, including making, characterizing, and optimizing materials for drug/DNA delivery and single-molecule electronics. She holds a BA degree in chemistry from Barnard College.
During graduate school, Starr was fortunate to gain extracurricular experience working with Columbia Technology Ventures as a technology transfer fellow, with Rhapsody Venture Partners as a sourcing consultant, and with The Climate Map as a staff researcher. She was also involved with Sci4NY, where she first learned about the interface of science and policy by scientifically addressing issues faced by the leaders of New York City. Combining all of these perspectives, she is very excited to dive deeper into policy and better understand how scientists can be involved, particularly as it relates to climate and energy issues.
"I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to have been offered this opportunity to experience policymaking up close,” Starr said. “I hope to apply my background towards creating science-driven climate and energy policy, and I am so excited to learn from everyone on the Hill.”