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NIU’s head of federal relations elected APS Fellow

October 18, 2021

Dr. Anna Quider, NIU’s assistant vice president for federal relations, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of her “stellar leadership in science policy and advocacy, and for promoting and mentoring early-career physicists.”

Anna Quider, NIU’s assistant vice president for federal relations

The distinction is awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of APS members.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Anna, a true champion of science and science policy in the halls of Congress,” said Gerald Blazey, vice president of NIU’s Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships. “She has done an outstanding job representing NIU in Washington, D.C., and I’m thrilled to see her work getting attention from her peers.”

Quider is one of just nine NIU scientists, including Blazey, who have been named APS fellows while at the university during the past five decades. She is the first female scientist from NIU to receive the honor.

Quider joined NIU as its federal relations director in 2014 and is one of the nation’s few Ph.D.-trained scientists currently leading a public research university federal relations office. She earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy, in religious studies and in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Based in Washington, D.C., Quider advocates for NIU students and faculty and has introduced many of them to Illinois congressional delegation members. She shares NIU’s leading edge research with members of Congress and their staffs, and also has mentored faculty and students in the workings of federal policy and the importance of federal funding for research.

A leading voice for the equitable distribution of federal research funding, Quider serves as the Science Team Lead for the Council on Governmental Affairs and an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Research, both roles within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Quider works with students at NIU and other institutions to help them develop applications for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. She also serves on the selection committees for APS fellowships, for the American Association for the Advancement of Science congressional science fellowship and for the Marshall Scholarship, the last by appointment of the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States.

Through conference speaking engagements, Quider has addressed thousands of people on the topics of science policy and scientific policy careers. She has delivered invited talks at such venues as the APS, Society of Physics Students, American Astronomical Society, the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge and the Smithsonian Institute.

Additionally, Quider is a past elected president of the Science Coalition, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization representing more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. The Science Coalition is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research.

“I’m humbled by this recognition,” Quider said. “I am grateful for the many opportunities NIU has afforded me over my seven-plus years as a Huskie to become a leader in U.S. science policy and advocacy and a mentor to students and early career scientists who are interested in science policy.”