Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather gives real-estate to support the Mather Policy Intern Program
In December of 2010, Nobel laureate Dr. John C. Mather donated a home to the American Institute of Physics. The home, located in Berwyn Heights, MD was sold for nearly $120,000, and will support the Mather Policy Intern Program for the next 4-5 years.
The Mather Policy Intern Program is an endowed program that sends two undergraduate physics majors to Washington, D.C., each summer, where they work in Congress or other government offices where policy is formulated. The program, which will be entering its third year in the summer of 2012, has placed undergraduate physics students in positions on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Offices of Representative's Bill Foster (IL) and Rush Holt (NJ). The program has been highly successful, and Dr. Mather's generous gift of real-estate will send 10-12 physics undergraduates to Washington, D.C. to learn about the science policy making process over the next half decade.
Dr. Mather was inspired to establish the program to promote policy literacy among undergraduate physics students so that they may go on to be contributors to the formulation of science policy as professionals. The program is administered jointly through AIP's Society of Physics Students (SPS) and AIP's Government Relations Division.
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