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

Class of 2019

Lucía Caballero '19 Attends the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 

Attending American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2019 Annual Meeting was an extremely valuable experience. It gave me the opportunity to present my thesis research in front of some of my academic idols as well as engage with the discipline of Geography in an entirely new way. It happened at the perfect moment, when I was getting ready to finish my thesis but still had twenty pages to write and needed re-inspiration to power through the last few pages.

I got to discuss my research with a group of like-minded individuals who had valuable advice to give me and got me thinking in new ways. One of the Dartmouth professors on my thesis committee, Patricia Lopez, took me and my peer, Benny Adapon, who was also giving a talk on his thesis research, around the conference and introduced us to academics from all over the country. The entire Dartmouth faculty were extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire process, and they all attended both mine and Benny's talks.

Rocky and Me: Puja Devi ’19 Senior Reflection

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

Puja Devi, a member of the class of 2019, initially found her way to the Rockefeller Center during her sophomore year when she started to think more about how to improve her own professional development. She decided to take the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP), which became an invaluable learning experience about what it means to be a leader. 

Throughout her time at Dartmouth, Puja found herself becoming more aware of her own strengths and weakness and how to differentiate a leader and a manager. Puja began to feel more comfortable in shared spaces, whether it be academic, casual, or professional settings, as well as learning how to find her voice as a leader.

Dartmouth's Annual Student-Run Hackathon: HackDartmouth

Dartmouth's annual student-run Hackathon is an on-campus event in which students form teams to create and develop innovative software and hardware projects. HackDartmouth attracts hundreds of the best hackers from the New England area as well as Canada and provides a 24-hour opportunity to showcase their talents.

HackDartmouth continues to grow its presence both on campus and in the New England area generally. This year represented an unprecedented level of engagement; we had teams travel from schools like McGill, MIT, Boston University, and New York University.

The event had close to 40 project submissions, ranging from applications focused on environmental sustainability to programmed Amazon Alexas that "rapped" their responses. The winner of the event was a team that developed "Hear: Podcasts Made Accessible," which translated podcasts to text and included options for additional reading and resources as the podcast played.

Rocky and Me: Olivia Harvey '19 Senior Reflection

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

I came to Dartmouth knowing that I wanted to do something great with my time here, but I had no clue what that could be. I was undecided on my major, minor, and extracurricular interests and I truly was uncertain if I would ever find my passion. I should not have been so skeptical. The reason I chose Dartmouth was for the emphasis on academics, small class sizes and wide variety of subjects from which to choose classes. During freshman year, I took advantage of this by selecting as many random classes as I could, including GOV 5 with Professor Wohlforth in the Winter. By the end of that term, I knew I wanted to be a government major. I would come to decide on a public policy minor only a term later. 

Karina Lopez​​​​​​​ '19 Attends the Scientista Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Karina Lopez '19, shares her experience attending the Scientista Conference.

The Scientista Conference was founded in 2011 by two graduate students who identified a need in the scientific community for female scientists to organize, connect, and share resources for professional development. As a Latina studying Neuroscience, I had become accustomed to being one of few, if not the only, latinx woman in the classroom and laboratory. Additionally, I aim to increase our knowledge of the brain to improve mental health treatment and access to care.

Due to the limitations of the surrounding social environment, many psychology studies may not be so representative of more diverse groups of people. Having this in mind, I attended the conference to see how someone of my background can empower and support more diverse communities through scientific research.

Rocky and Me: Lauren Bishop '19 Senior Reflection

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

Lauren Bishop, a senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has studied History and Public Policy as an undergrad. She came to Dartmouth with an interest in the social sciences and their applicability to policymaking, so the public policy minor was a natural fit for her. Writing and Speaking Public Policy with Professor Kalish was one of Lauren’s first classes that allowed her to practice her research and analytical skills while at the same creating an actionable plan on a topic of interest. This and other public policy courses, such as Law, Courts, and Judges with Professor Nachlis, allowed her to learn theory and understand how change is made in practice and what barriers exist in the policymaking process.


Linford Zirangwa '19 interned at the Pratham Education Foundation during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Yihang Liu '19 Attends the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference​​​​​​​.

Mini-Grant recipient, Yihang Liu '19, shares her experience attending the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference.

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference, one of the largest political science conferences in the country, was an amazing opportunity to learn what new research projects are being conducted around the world and to receive feedback for my own project. The conference featured many paper panels and poster session across a variety of topics, and I was able to listen in on presentations on perceptions of trade, public opinion, methodology in Asia, machine learning, and immigration attitudes. It was exciting to learn about topics that I was not very familiar with. In addition, since many scholars presented works in progress, it was a great opportunity for me to think critically about the projects and to ask questions and make suggestions. It felt like I was able to contribute somewhat to their research projects, and participating in a discussion with graduate students and professors really pushed me to think and analyze research projects at a high level.

Rocky and Me: Anna Ellis '19 Senior Reflection

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

I came to Dartmouth on a whim. Before college, I wanted to become a mountain guide. During my senior year of high school, I practically committed to Colorado College to study outdoor recreation. Almost all of my friends from my outdoors communities in high school were already in Colorado, hiking, skiing, climbing, and earning college credit for it. To me, this sounded like the ideal experience!

Rocky and Me: Mark Daniels '19 Senior Reflection

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

Mark Daniels, originally from Topsfield, MA, is graduating from Dartmouth College with a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. Mark has spent much of his time at Dartmouth with the Rockefeller Center, taking public policy courses, serving as a First-Year Fellow and participating in a variety of programs such as Dartmouth Attitudes, Leadership and Behaviors (DLAB), Management, Leadership and Development Program (MLDP), and the Policy Research Shop (PRS).


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