Sonoma State University
AIP Mather Policy Intern
American Institute of Physics
Experience Science and Policy Firsthand
The primary purpose of the AIP Mather policy internship program (supported by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts) is to promote awareness of and interaction with the policy process in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate physics students.
Demitri and fellow SPS intern Tabitha are working in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, directly engaging in science policy issues and efforts in the nation's capital. As part of their service, Demitri and Tabitha are introducing the other SPS interns to the public policy process by arranging field trips to appropriate science policy events or locales–Congressional hearings, governmental agencies and/or facilities, for example.
As an American Institute of Physics Policy intern with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; I worked closely with staff on science policy issues currently in the House of Representatives. The intersection of science and policy work is crucial to the continuation of current science programs as well as development of new opportunities. There are a small number of people who work on these legislative topics and scientists have a responsibility to assist them in their work. The policies created and enacted today can affect the entire science community for many years to come. I will speak briefly on some of the ways in which legislation can be made, as well as the ways in which scientists, and even students in the science community, can interact effectively with policy creators to help make decisions that will benefit the science community as a whole. I will also highlight some of the most effective methods to determine key contacts, as well as how to maintain an open dialogue to help inform contacts on relevant topics.
Demitri is an intern during the summer of 2016 through early August for the House Minority Committee on Science Space and Technology. He was born and raised in Northern California in the Sonoma County region. Demitri graduated in 2016 from Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Physics with department honors and a minor in Astronomy and he will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the coming fall for a Master’s program in Physics. His future plans include developing clean technologies and energy solutions and be a part of the development process of policy pertaining to the new technologies that will arise. Demitri’s interests include renewable energy resources, clean technology, as well as space technologies. Previously, in the 2015-2016 academic year, Demitri represented Zone 18 as Associate Zone Councilor for the National Society of Physics Students where he represented over 60 universities encompassing California, Nevada, Hawaii, the Philippines, Taiwan, and China. In this position he worked to help undergraduate students get opportunities to perform funded research, attend conferences, and receive scholarships to help enhance undergraduate physics education.