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NJ State Science Policy Panel | February 6th, 2024

Are you interested in

  • Learning about careers in science policy for PhDs?

  • Understanding the science policy at the state level with a focus on New Jersey

  • Gaining skills and experiences in science policy through a fellowship

 Join us for a panel discussion on state-level science policy in NJ, with a welcome by John Farmer, Jr. Princeton graduate alumni working in different branches of New Jersey Government will discuss their careers and, more broadly, opportunities for scientists to shape policy in different fields (such as health care, environment). Furthermore, learn about the Eagleton Science & Policy Fellowship- a fantastic postdoctoral opportunity to work on science policy in New Jersey’s State Government!   


  • Anna Dulencin, Director, Eagleton Science & Politics Program, Rutgers University
  • Shannon Erwin, program coordinator, Eagleton Science and Politics Program, Rutgers University 
  • Shin-Yi Lin *11, Molecular Biology, a former Eagleton fellow, currently working in the NJ Executive Branch – Human Services, health policy
  • Celia Smits *23, Molecular Biology, a current Eagleton Science and Politics Fellow in the NJ Legislative Branch – NJ Senate Democrats
  • Matt Weber *09, Psychology, currently working in the Executive Branch – Attorney Generals, in criminal justice and law enforcement data
  • Jennie Willemsen *21, Civil and Environmental Engineering, currently working in the Executive Branch - NJ Department of Environmental Protection, contaminated site remediation and redevelopment

This panel is co-sponsored by GradFUTURES (Graduate School), Center for Policy Research on Energy and Environment and SPIA in NJ.



Anna Dulencin, Ph.D.
Director, Eagleton Science and Politics Program, Rutgers University

Anna Dulencin is the director of the Eagleton Science and Politics Program which aims to strengthen bridges between scientists and policymakers. The Program explores how science, technology, and politics intersect; the political systems that connect them; and how deeper understanding and clearer communication within and across these disciplines…

Shannon Erwin
Program Coordinator, Eagleton Science and Politics Program

Shannon joined the Eagleton Institute of Politics as the Program Coordinator of the Eagleton Science and Politics Program in October of 2023. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop and the Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship, both key initiatives of the program. Known for her dedication,…

Shin-Yi Lin, *11 MOL
health policy, NJ Executive Branch – Human Services
Eagleton Science and Politics Fellow

Shin-Yi Lin MOL *11 did academic lab research for twenty years in the fields of developmental biology, genetics, and evolution. In 2019, she was selected as an inaugural Eagleton Science and Politics Fellow -- a new science policy program housed at Rutgers University to place scientists in NJ state government to support evidence-based policy…

Celia Smits, *23 MOL

Celia Smits earned her PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University. Previously, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Denver with double majors in molecular biology and biochemistry and minors in physics and math. Her nine years in scientific research have provided her the opportunity to explore many areas of biology,…

Matt Weber, *09 PSY
Deputy Chief Data Officer, Office of Justice Data, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

"Academics have more skills than they think, if they can just find the words to explain them to hiring managers. Grad students are required to write and speak in ways that junior contributors in the corporate world don’t get to."

Jennifer Willemsen, *21 CEE
Research Scientist, NJDEP, Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment, Contaminated Site Remediation and Redevelopment

Jennifer Willemsen joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in September 2021. She serves as a research scientist in the Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment within the Department’s Contaminated Site Remediation and Redevelopment program. In her role,&nbsp…

Introductory Remarks

John J. Farmer Jr.
Faculty Fellow, SPIA

John Farmer is a University Professor (Law) and Director of the Miller Center on Policing and Community Resilience at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

After graduating from Georgetown University (BA 1979) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1986), Farmer began his career as a law clerk to Associate Justice Alan B…


Sonali Majumdar
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Anastasia Mann
Lecturer, Founding Director, SPIA in NJ
Keely Swan
Associate Director, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE)
Hansen Tjo, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate 2023-24