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Rachel Sours-Page
Rachel Sours-Page — 15th GSA Congressional Science Fellow. Legislative assistant, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D–OR) from September 2000 through August 2001.

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Rachel Sours-Page

Rachel Sours-Page, of Oregon State University (OSU), is the 2000–2001 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. Sours-Page grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. She attended Harvey Mudd College and neighboring Pomona College where she received a B.S. in geology. As an undergraduate, she served as student liaison to geology department faculty and as dormitory president. During 1994 and 1995, she participated in the Keck Undergraduate Research Program and completed her senior thesis on the petrology of the Mount McLaughlin region of southwestern Oregon.

In 1995, Sours-Page enrolled in OSU's Department of Geosciences' Ph.D. program and worked as both a teaching and research assistant. Her research focused on the use of olivine and plagioclase-hosted melt inclusions in the understanding and determination of mantle and crustal processes at mid-ocean ridges. Active in OSU's student government, Sours-Page served as both the graduate representative to the geosciences department faculty and proxy senator for the Graduate Student Senate. She also became a founding member of the Coalition of Graduate Employees, the labor union for OSU graduate employees.

Sours-Page is interested in the interface between science and public policy, with emphasis on environmental issues, including sustainable living, renewable resources, and the preservation of natural habitats. As a staff member working directly with Washington decision makers, she will be well positioned to help bridge the communication gap that often exists between scientists and their legislators, while furthering her own education in science policy and government issues. "I'm honored to receive the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship and am excited by the opportunity to represent the geology community," Sours-Page said. Look for perspective articles from Sours-Page in upcoming issues of GSA Today.