Leah Buchman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology and a Predoctoral Research Associate in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) at the Bush School, was one of five people selected as a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Class of 2021. This honor offers Ms. Buchman professional development while she completes her doctorate at Texas A&M University.
As a Science Policy Fellow, Ms. Buchman will be collaborating with lawmakers, public/private stakeholders, and federal agency leaders in Washington, DC, to contribute to agricultural initiatives. She will engage in educational events on science policy and funding to promote and advocate for entomology as well as science on a broader scale. Her commitment to translate science into policy is evident in her work with ISTPP and the USDA-funded gene drive project research team. Ms. Buchman is dedicated to the scientific community and wants to foster relationships among policymakers, scientists, and the public to benefit society.