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AGU's Congressional Science Fellow Vivian Pan said that it was her interest in science education that inspired her to apply for the AGU fellowship. Not enough students are interested in science, she says, adding that she hopes her experience on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs will enable her to work toward making changes in this area.

Pan applied for the fellowship last February and was interviewed by AGU's Public Affairs Committee at the 1991 Spring Meeting. She also made a presentation to the committee on women and minorities in science. Her advice to future candidates is to “let the committee know you are sensitive to political issues.”