CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN MEMORIAL FUND
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
2101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20418
Resolution of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences
It is with great sadness that the Council of the National Academy of Sciences acknowledges the tragic, untimely death of Dr. Christine Mirzayan.
The Academy community was fortunate to know Christine, one of our outstanding summer interns. An outstanding young scientist, Christine came to the Academy with plans for bringing the excitement of science to the public at large by improving the way students at the K-12 level are educated. Her work at the Academy set her on a path toward pursuing this goal.
She wanted to make the world a better place. To this end, the Council has established a memorial fund to honor her memory, her initiative, drive and spirit, so that others might have the opportunity to make contributions toward the betterment of society, as Christine so hoped to do. The fund will be dedicated toward activities that link science to public policy, particularly in the area of science education policy.
Adopted by the Council of the National Academy of Sciences at its meeting in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, August 11, 1998.
The National Academy of Sciences has established the Christine Mirzayan Memorial Fund to celebrate Christine's love of life, enthusiasm for science, intelligence and high aspirations for contributing to human welfare.
While Christine was in Washington, she participated in the second year of our summer fellowship program (formerly internship program) for graduate and postdoctoral science and engineering students. She embodied the type of individual the NAS was thinking of when the program was established. An individual interested not just in scientific research as an end to itself--but in its contribution to society as a whole. This was exemplified not only by her desire to be in Washington both in the internship program and her plans to spend the next year as a AAAS Congressional fellow, but also by her volunteer work in San Francisco public schools before coming to Washington.
Because of who she was, the Council of the National Academy of Sciences has decided to name the program in Christine's name and to use the fund to support this program. In this way, her name will be long remembered by generations of science and engineering students as they apply and participate in this program that brings students to Washington from universities throughout the country. Each will be introduced to Christine as a person, particularly her desire to make a difference in society through her science. As stated by one of the interns who served in this year's program with Christine, this is also "a way to both honor her and remember her in a positive, cheerful and busy way --- which is the way I remember Christine."
Anyone who wishes to contribute to this fund should send a check, made out to National Academy of Sciences/Christine Mirzayan Fund, to Anne-Marie Mazza at the address below. All gifts will be acknowledged to her family and are fully tax deductible.
Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
National Academy of Sciences/Christine Mirzayan Fund
500 5th Street, NW, Keck 570
Washington, DC 20001