The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2012

Eleven Members of the Dartmouth Class of 2012 Receive Funding to support Senior Honors Thesis Research in Social Sciences

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center provides grants twice a year of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. For the Class of 2012, we awarded eleven students from five different departments a total of $7,497.29 in grants. 

The research projects ranged from addressing the problem of implementing public welfare systems in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, to the work private American foundations did to help rebuild Western Germany after World War II.

The grant application deadlines for the graduating Class of 2013 are Friday, May 18, 2012 or Friday, October 12, 2012.

Cheating to the Test: CSPC Fellow, Jeremy Kaufmann, Analyzes K-12 Testing Integrity, Will Present Findings at Conference in Washington, DC

Senior Public Policy Minor, Jeremy Kaufmann '12, selected as the representative of Dartmouth College to be a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), has completed his research on a controversial topic in the education policy sector—teacher/administrator cheating on standardized tests relating to adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)—and will be presenting his findings to the CSPC national conference in Washington, DC on March 28-30, 2012.

His paper, "Protecting the Veracity of Our Children's Test Scores: How Race to the Top Funding Can Spur Testing Integrity Reform," analyzes the recent waves of cheating by teachers and administrators in school districts across the nation and identifies patterns of cheating as well as possible remedies. He also challenges the Obama Administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to link future Race to the Top funding to demonstrated emphasis on testing integrity.

Rockefeller Center Student Profile: Julius Bedford '12

We meet and get to know a number of Dartmouth students over the course of the academic year.  Students involved with the Rockefeller Center don't fit a particular mold - they have a broad variety of interests and passions.  The following is a snapshot of one of those students.  

Learn more about Julius Bedford, Class of 2012

Julius gives a presentation during Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, Fall 2011.

"I decided to come to Dartmouth because of its great academic reputation, its study abroad programs, and its strong alumni network. I was also afforded the opportunity to visit Dartmouth for three days the summer before my senior year high school with a program called Destination Dartmouth. This program was my first look at the college; I was able to walk the campus, sit in on classes, and meet students. Everyone seemed so happy and proud to be at Dartmouth and I really saw myself being a part of this community.

Tuck School of Business Prof. Betsy Winslow '83 Leads 1st Session of Rocky Leadership Fellows

Betsy Winslow '83 of the Tuck School of Business kicked off the first Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) session of 2011-2012 with  an interactive lecture on Leadership, Personal Development, and the Feedback Cycle.  The session began with the Fellows sharing a time when they exercised leadership: paying mind to who their followers were, what type of leadership they were using, how well it went, and what they would have done differently. This was followed  by a review of leadership theory, which encompassed directly discussing various  theories and different leadership types. After the review, Winslow then discussed  ways to build the framework for accessing leaders, the importance of situational  management, ways to give and receive feedback, and best practices for providing feedback.

Through role-playing exercises, cold-calling, and direct lecture, Winslow successfully  conveyed to the Fellows the importance of personal excellence, developing  a library of personal yet flexible leadership styles, managing work relationships, and most importantly, how critical the feedback cycle is to both professional and personal success.

Jeremy Kaufman '12 selected as Rocky’s 2011-2012 CSPC Fellow

Each year the Rockefeller Center works with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. to enable one student from Dartmouth to participate in a unique fellowship program. CSPC Fellows attend two conferences during the academic year. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars and are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized public policy experts.

Meet the Current Rockefeller Leadership Fellows: Learn About the Program and the Application Process

Are you a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012?

Would you like to know more about the Rocky Leadership Fellows (RLF) Program?

“Meet the Fellows”Thursday, March 31 @ 6:00 PMThe Class of 1930 RoomRockefeller CenterRefreshments will be served
Come to meet the current Fellows from the Class of 2011and learn more about the RLF program, including the application and selection process.
As a reminder...
RLF Application Deadline:
Friday • April 8, 2011
4:00 PM

  • Applicants must be from the Class of 2012.
  • Applicants should be Dartmouth campus leaders.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply.

Applications are available online at:
Go to: “How to Apply”

For more information, email RLF.


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