MRS offers exciting opportunities for scientists to learn about the field of science policy by spending one year as a Special Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Come learn about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and hear from former Fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Office of Senator Tom Begich, Alaska State Senate
Become a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow!
Sydney Kaufman began her career as an AmericCorps VISTA volunteer working on energy and climate resilience with Alaska Native communities. She has a PhD degree in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she studied the spectroscopy of transition-metal salts, and received a certificate in renewable energy policy through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory. After graduate school, Kaufman was the 2013–2014 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Technology Fellow in the Office of Senator Mark Begich working on climate, energy, and natural resources. As a American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy, Security and Development Fellow in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources, she was the U.S. Government lead for International Arctic Energy Security. Kaufman is currently Chief of Staff to Alaska State Senator Tom Begich advancing clean energy, climate resilience and data-driven education policy on the State level.