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Policy Research Shop

Rocky and Me: Sam Libby ’17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

The Rockefeller Center is the reason I came to Dartmouth College. During the 2012 election, I realized that the esoteric policy world in Washington affects me directly, and I wanted my college experience to prepare me to make a meaningful impact in that space. When I visited Dartmouth for the first time during Dimensions, I was choosing between Dartmouth and one other university, and while the open houses and barbeques that I attended were fun, they did not speak to my intellectual interests. On a whim, and at the urging of my mother, I attended the Rockefeller Center’s Open House, where I met Professor Ron Shaiko and learned about the public policy programs. I committed to Dartmouth immediately afterward in one of the best decisions of my life. Here's why I'm so grateful to Rocky for helping me make that fateful choice:

Class of 2017 Public Policy Minors

The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce that twenty-nine members of the Class of 2017 have completed their degree requirements with a minor in public policy.

Intentionally flexible and broad in scope, a minor in public policy prepares students for both public and private sector careers in a variety of policy-related fields, such as health, energy, international relations, social justice, the domestic economy, poverty, gender issues, urban development, law, journalism, education, or the environment.

Ten of the Class of 2017 policy minor graduates were also First-Year Fellows and four were Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Most participated in the Policy Research Shop and had the opportunity to testify on their findings before New Hampshire and Vermont government officials.  

Brianna Ager, ECON

Rocky and Me: Joby Bernstein '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Freshman trips was the first time I heard about the Rockefeller Center. My trip leader, Nick Shallow ’16, was a First-Year Fellow and involved with the Policy Research Shop. By the time I finished hiking that week, I was convinced that I needed to get involved with Rocky. I began by auditing PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy with Professor Shaiko during my freshman winter. At that point, I did not know if I wanted to be a First-Year Fellow or much about the course content. It only took me two weeks though to realize that public policy was for me and that I wanted to be part of the FYF program.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Wafaa Ahmed ’17 and Joby Bernstein ’17, traveled to White River Junction, VT to testify before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities, an Upper Valley nonprofit organization that focuses on economic development, energy and the environment, and social capital building.  The students conducted two distinct analyses in their report, “Upper Valley Needs Assessment Research: Surveying Upper Valley Community Leaders,” PRS Policy Brief 1617-10.  

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 25, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Emily Schneider ’19 and Brian Thorpe ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services.  Emily, a biology major and public policy minor, and Brian, an economics major and public policy minor, spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting their report, “Social Impact Bonds: A Comprehensive Review,” (PRS Policy Brief 1617-08) at the request of Committee Chair Ann Pugh. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 21, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

On Friday, April 21, 2017, two Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Joby Bernstein ’17 and Bill Kosmidis ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  In a prior PRS testimony before the committee, PRS students had presented a policy brief that placed a valuation on Lake Champlain.  Following that testimony, Chairman Deen requested a similar valuation study for the Connecticut River. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Vermont Arts Council

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, two students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop – Megan Mishra '17 and Genna Liu '19 – traveled to Montpelier to present to members of the Vermont Arts Council, including Alex Aldrich (Executive Director), Zon Eastes (Outreach and Advancement), Troy Hickman (Education Programs Manager), and Kira Bacon (Communications and Outreach Manager). The students presented findings from their study “Vermont Arts Education: Assessment of the State of Art Education in Vermont Schools,” which explored the viability of creating an online database to track the scope of the arts curriculum offered at Vermont K-12 schools.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Goes International

Three veteran Policy Research Shop students—Morgan Sandhu ’17, Apoorva Dixit ’17, and Meghana Mishra ’17, along with Kristen Delwiche, a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine, participated in a five-month project that tested their policy research skills, project management skills, and teamwork skills in an international setting—Pristina, Kosovo.

In a joint effort between the Rockefeller Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding, funded through the inaugural round of support provided by the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), the four students were engaged in an advanced policy research seminar offered through the Rockefeller Center’s Public Policy Minor during the spring term.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 2, 2016

PRS students testify before the New Hampshire Arts and Culture Commission

On Monday, May 2, 2016, three students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop—Abigail Rohman ’16, Amy Ruining Sun ’17, and Taylor Watson ’16—traveled to Concord to present their research findings to the Commission to Study the Economic Impact of the Arts and Culture in New Hampshire, co-chaired by Rep. Ken Gidge and Rep. David Danielson.  The Commission also included Senator Martha Fuller Clark and Ginnie Lupi, Director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, as well as twelve state leaders in the arts and culture industries. 

Rockefeller Center Releases 2016 New Hampshire State of the State Poll

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences recently released the 2016 New Hampshire State of the State Poll, its ninth annual survey of New Hampshire's registered voters. The report assessed opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States.

“The poll results for both the presidential race and the contest for the U.S. Senate seat clearly identify New Hampshire as a battleground state in the 2016 election cycle,” says Professor Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular and research programs at the Rockefeller Center. “We can expect a great deal of attention to be paid to the state in terms of national media coverage as well as a significant influx of outside money into the state on behalf of and in opposition to candidates in both races."

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