Grad Student, MicroBooNE
New Mexico State University
My name is Samantha Sword-Fehlberg and I am a PhD candidate from New Mexico State University working on the MicroBooNE experiment. Having been stationed at the lab for over a year now, I have been able to experience firsthand the important contributions of the FSPA to improving the life of young scientists at the laboratory. Whether it is helping foster relationships in the form of fun and exciting social events, providing outstanding career workshops, or holding seminars on equity, diversity, and inclusion, the FSPA continually strives to ensure that all young people of the laboratory have access to the tools they need to succeed now and in the future. The activities of the FSPA have helped me to feel welcome and accepted and have supported my growth both as a person and a scientist. If elected, I will do my best to ensure that all young scientists directly benefit from the activities of the FSPA as much as I have. I have held numerous leadership positions including (but not limited to) President of my University’s Physics Graduate Student Organization and as serving as the current student representative of the Executive Committee of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society. I will use the knowledge I have gained from all of my leadership positions to ensure that the young scientists of the lab have a voice on the issues that directly affect them and the laboratory. I am honored to have been nominated to serve my colleagues and I look forward to working with my peers to improve life at the laboratory.