Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 2014-2016


Stephanie DeLuca joined ACS as the Science Policy Fellow in September 2014. Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in Chemical and Physical Biology from Vanderbilt University, where she has developed novel protein modelling methods for a software suite used by scientists worldwide. DeLuca also holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She has received many awards and honors, including the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science; the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; a Fulbright Scholarship for pre-doctoral work at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and the NFB / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Contractors Association Scholarship. In addition, DeLuca has extensive experience in science outreach and worked with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Public Outreach Committee to develop a science communication certificate program that will be fully available online.

Fellowship Focus

During her time at ACS, Stephanie:

  • Led two Science & the Congress briefings on Capitol Hill, sharing information about STEM education for persons with disabilities and industrial-scale biotechnology with members of Congress and Congressional staff.
  • Recruited technical experts for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Technology Day.
  • Collaborated with ACS members to formulate ACS's position on several issues, including the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Peer Review.
  • Analyzed federal funding for chemistry and co-authored chapters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s annual budget report.


"The ACS Science Policy Fellowship is unique way to train chemists in the ins and outs of public policymaking, including the importance of messaging, the need for both analysis and advocacy, and the part that each stakeholder group plays in the process."


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