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Advocacy and Policy Work

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While science is incredibly important to me, I believe in the power of science to impact our world. It is for this reason that I am so passionate about the intersection of both science and policy. It is clear that we need scientific solutions to be implemented - whether it is to address the energy crisis, reduce global warming, develop stronger healthcare systems, or more. 

By working to create science-based policy, we ensure that science does not only remain in the labs, but is also implemented to solve the issues of today. This is where I hope to spend my career. 

As a biomedical engineering and political science student at Columbia, I am working to gain an understanding in both science and policy. I've also been able to work for multiple Congressional opportunities such with Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer and for the Congressional Award Program! 

Recently, I also worked at and attended the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit. This summit is held in conjunction with UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) week. I met with many international policy experts such as the first female President of Costa Rica, President Laura Chinchilla, and the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy! In addition, we were able to hear remarks from the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden. It was a remarkable chance for me to learn more about policy from the experts who had shaped modern politics.

These experiences in both STEM and policy have fortified by interest to be an advocate for these fields. As the founder of The Nereid Project, an organization that aims to solve the water crisis with research, education and policy, I strive to use an interdisciplinary approach to real world problems. Policy is the implementation of how we solve issues. I aim to wield this as a tool to support STEM and its education.

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