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Student Board Members

Are you passionate about issues in science, technology, and society or science and technology policy? Do you want to be a leader in engaging young people on these issues? Want to help decide the future of a student-run national nonprofit with over 30 years of experience in promoting social responsibility in science and technology? If so, apply today to become a student board member of Student Pugwash USA!

Our Board of Directors is different from many other national social benefit organizations because students make up almost a third of it, with full voting rights just like all other board members.  Student Board Members will work with the full Board of Directors to help set SPUSA’s national priorities and agenda, foster and maintain our network of students,  manage our social media strategy and blog, and help to develop funding for programs and activities for engaging students in critical issues relating to science, technology, and society.


  • Willingness to commit at minimum 5 hours per month plus occasional teleconference board meetings and conferences
  • Available for at least one two-year term
  • Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student (including medical students) of any discipline at a institution
  • Leadership experience (broadly construed) in the STS or science and technology policy community, or a closely related field, strongly encouraged, including previous experience or familiarity with SPUSA or other Pugwash organizations
  • Experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, boards of directors and/or education a plus (there is no required financial commitment)

Application Guidelines:

Please email with SBM in the subject line and include your CV/resume and a short statement of interest.

More information about SBMs

2013-14 Student Board Members

Kyle Gracey

Kyle is a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Commissioned Officer Candidate in the Army National Guard. He is the former Chair and current Board Director of SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development, and delegate to more than a dozen United Nations negotiations on climate, social development, and sustainable development. He was recently an Energy and Climate Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute also recently worked in the Speechwriting office for U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, and was a consultant with the Gade Environmental Group. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with B.S. degrees in Ecological Economics and Biochemistry/Biophysics, where he is their only Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient, and from the University of Chicago with an M.S. in the Physical Sciences Division and Harris Public Policy School, where he was a Harris Fellow. He also investigated international development and environment issues at The American University in Washington, DC and in Brazil, Israel, Iceland, and the United Arab Emirates. Kyle worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as an Environmental Policy Analyst, and as an International Economist Graduate Intern in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs during the financial crisis, and was an Education Docent at the National Aquarium. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Truman Scholars Association, where is the President, on the board of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and is the Treaties Task Force Chair at the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a Life Member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. His publications, media interviews, and presentations number over 100.

Travis Johnson

Travis is a Master's student in the S&T policy program at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University. He works at LightWorks, a research accelerator for light related energy production-solar, algae, etc,- which addresses S&T policy issues every day. The problems LightWorks deals with are typically framed in an S&T policy context. His research interests in S&T policy are primarily in the social and human dimensions of energy system transitions; we are at a critical time in our energy system history, and the decisions we make in the next five years will determine our energy future for the next 30-50 years. Travis believes we need to have more public engagement in these decisions to create more robust outcomes and an energy future that all can participate in. He was elected as a SPUSA Student Board Member for the 2012-2014 term.

Sharlissa Moore

Sharlissa is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program. Her research explores the human and social aspects of energy innovation and renewable energy development, with a focus on the Mediterranean Region. She connects research to application, having worked on energy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Science and Technology Policy Institute. From 2006-2008, she was the Program Manager in the national Student Pugwash USA office, serving as a liaison with student participants nationwide and increasing student participation. She also works to bolster the network of science and technology policy by serving on the Governing Board of the student Journal of Science Policy and Governance and the STGlobal conference organizing committee. Sharlissa received her B.A. in Astronomy from Smith College.

Christos Makridis

Christos is an incoming Ph.D. student in Stanford's Management, Science, and Engineering (MS&E) program. Christos graduated (May 2012) from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Economics & Certificate in Honors Business Modeling and Analysis in the W.P. Carey School of Business, and a Minor in Mathematics from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Christos was recently the Managing Editor and Editor in Chief of the Triple Helix at ASU, an international network of universities that publish a biannual science-policy academic research journal. Among other endeavors, Christos co-founded the Quanta Foundation LLC, an educational services company, sourced in Arizona, which engaged high school students with research projects in STEM areas. Christos' research interests are in the fusion of technology, energy, and environmental policy, especially in areas of modeling climate risk using stochastic processes and uncertainty analyses. He was elected as a SPUSA Student Board Member for the 2012-2014 term.

Emily York

Emily is a Ph.D. student in Communication and Science studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has an M.S. degree in Computer Science and a B.A. in English Language & Literature, both from The University of Chicago. At UCSD, she is conducting a multi-year ethnography of a Department of Nanoengineering and undergraduate nanoengineering major to consider questions about knowledge production; the relationships between technoscientific disciplinary formation, practices of innovation, and pedagogy; and the educational and professionalization of the nanoengineer. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a software developer and managing consultant at a small Chicago-based consulting company. She was elected as a SPUSA Student Board Member for the 2012-2014 term.

Tasha Zephirin

Tasha is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Purdue University and an IGERT Fellow. While always intrigued by the role of ethics in education, as a part of the IGERT-MNM (Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials) project she has gained interest in the ethical and societal implications of nanotechnology research and education. She is an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers and has previously served in leadership roles at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. She graduated summa cum laude. from Viriginia Tech with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She was elected as a SPUSA Student Board Member for the 2012-2014 term.

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