Last week, I had the pleasure of learning to translate my research and more at the Catalyzing Advocacy for Scientists and Engineers Workshop. We spent two days wading into the weeds of how federally funded science works: the myriad of agencies involved, how federal R&D appropriations works, and best practices for communicating with policymakers. Day three was dedicated to putting these new skills to work on the Hill, meeting with members of Congress and legislative staff on the Hill.
A Harvard University workshop that teaches graduate students how to communicate about their scientific work comes to Atlanta in 2018 — and two of the 50 students picked to attend come from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has picked three Ph.D. students for a new program focused on helping graduate students become great teachers. Courtney Di Vittorio, Laura Mast and Xenia Wirth each will receive $3,000 to help them develop their teaching skills and explore academic career opportunities.
Ph.D. student Laura Mast is one of just 50 students nationwide who will learn how to better communicate the value and impact of their scientific work at a Harvard University conference for grad students in June.
Two School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. students have secured National Science Foundation fellowships, some of the most competitive and prestigious funding for the nation’s graduate students. Georgene Geary and Laura Mast join a long list of the brightest and most promising of the School’s students to win the funding. This year, NSF chose to support fewer than one in eight applicants.
Doctoral student Laura Mast has won a scholarship from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation for her work recovering rare metals from coal ash. Mast, in her second year of studies, is working to synthesize new agents that will extract what are known as rare earth elements from the complex ash leftover from coal combustion. It’s important work for modern “green” technologies, Mast said, since the elements are used in everything from electric car batteries and wind turbines to LEDs and smartphones.