Today, Dr. John P. Holdren hosted Congressman Steve Israel and his constituent, high school senior Samantha Garvey at OSTP’s offices in Washington, DC. In 2010, Garvey was a semifinalist in the Siemens National Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Earlier this month she was named one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel science contest for her research on ribbed mussels, an invasive species. Her achievements gained widespread attention following revelations that her economically struggling family was living in a homeless shelter when she learned of her award. Tonight, Samantha is Congressman Israel’s guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address.