Kelsea Yarbrough
 COVES Fellow Profile

Kelsea Yarbrough

  • Ph.D. candidate, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Norfolk State University
  • Office of Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan

“I realized that so much legislation at a state or local level is enacted because citizens brought their concerns to their elected officials.” 

Summer Responsibilities: Kelsea helped Senator McClellan’s constituents secure unemployment benefits from the Virginia Employment Commission, which was facing a record caseload due to the pandemic. In addition to working with other state agencies to address constituent issues, Kelsea conducted basic policy research for future legislation.

Background: STEM exposure and representation as well as energy policy are areas in which Kelsea works to improve for future generations. She believes science policy has a more direct influence and is the trajectory needed to implement these changes.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Norfolk State University
  • M.S., Electronics Engineering, Norfolk State University
  • B.S., Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics, Norfolk State University