Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces Over $8,800 in Federal Funding to Rhodes College Student Lydia Spencer

May 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a grant of $8,872 to Rhodes College undergraduate research student Lydia Spencer. This federal funding will support Ms. Spencer’s participation in the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in Boulder, CO to explore how nonlinear photonics make a frequency comb.

“Outstanding students like Lydia Spencer are what help make Rhodes College one of our nation’s best schools,” said Congressman Cohen. “Congratulations to both Lydia Spencer and to Rhodes College for making strides in the STEM fields and for representing Memphis well.”

NIST is an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce and serves to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. The agency’s SURF program was created to encourage students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The program builds a mutually beneficial relationship between the student, the institution, and NIST. Roughly 150 SURF students are offered the award every summer and can work one-on-one with some of the most accomplished scientists and engineers in the country. The SURF program provides students with the opportunity to engage in world-class scientific research, especially in ground-breaking areas of emerging technologies.