Shaughnessy Naughton

September 21

Student Leadership Seminar

4:30 pm (place to be announced)

Chemist, science advocate and former Congressional aide Shaughnessy Naughton will meet with students in an informal setting at a Student Leadership Seminar on Thursday, September 21, at 4:30 pm to answer questions on political engagement, STEM leadership and advocacy careers, and the work of her organization. Preregistration required.  This will precede Naughton’s public lecture From the Chemistry Lab to Public Policy: The Science of Creating a Political Movement at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium. The lecture is and open to the public, and sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment.


Shaughnessy Naughton is an entrepreneur with a degree in chemistry and a passion for understanding the role of science in our everyday lives. With a background in research and drug discovery, Shaughnessy decided to get involved in politics because she is concerned about the future of science in the United States. In 2014, after running a business for over a decade, she stepped up to run for congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District. With no prior political experience, other than phoning legislators and knocking on doors for campaigns, she faced an uphill battle, to say the least. 

Ultimately, Shaughnessy was not successful, but she did receive a tremendous amount of support from the scientific community. Through her campaign, she learned there are not enough people with scientific backgrounds in congress and that we see the effects of that in the attempted politicization of science, mocking of basic research and denial of climate change.

Shaughnessy founded to encourage and unite the scientific community to do more than just advocate for science, but also to get involved in the political process. 314 Action is committed to electing more STEM candidates to office, advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and fighting attacks on science.