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About Amy Polen

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USF Geosciences and Honors College alumna and Provost’s Scholar, Amy Polen graduated with her undergraduate degree in just over two years in 2018. She worked in a research lab and was co-author on papers as well as a presentation award winner both nationally and internationally while at USF.

She has now been selected for the very competitive Capitol Hill Scholars Program during which she will be meeting members of congress during a two-day visit to the Capitol. This program allows students to travel with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research to "the Hill" to learn about Congress and environmental policy through special events and meetings with representatives.

"I aim to finish my schooling and use my research and skills for the fields of emergency management and policy design to help deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes," says Polen. 

As part of the application process, Amy had to submit a video essay answers the following prompts:

What do you think is the most important thing for policymakers to know about Earth system science (weather, water, climate, air quality or space weather)?
What will this opportunity mean to your education and/or future career?

Check it out below!