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Policy Research Shop Takes On the ‘Really Tough Questions’

When students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) testified before the New Hampshire House Children and Family Law Committee in Concord last month, they brought the number of nonpartisan policy research reports presented by Dartmouth students to state policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont to 200 since the program started in 2005.

Compiling the policy briefs—which present relevant legislative history, case law, social science research and other data on all sides of an issue without making any recommendations—helps undergraduates apply classroom learning to the real world of policymaking and legislation, says program creator Professor Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which runs the PRS.

ADUs in Norwich, Vermont

CLASS of 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION ON MAY 24, 2019

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, May 8, 2019

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE ENERGY COMMITTEE OF WOLFEBORO, NH ON MAY 8, 2019.

On May 8, 2019, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Eitan Darwish ‘21, Maria Smith-Lopez ‘21, and Harish Tekriwal ’21, traveled to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to present key findings from their research report, "Net Metering Policy Options for Wolfeboro, NH." In attendance were members of the Energy Committee of Wolfeboro, selectmen, the head of the Municipal Electric Department, and other interested citizens.

The students’ research drew on expert interviews and site visits they conducted throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Their findings explored the costs, benefits, and feasibility of several policy options that Wolfeboro might consider incorporating into its net metering policy going forward, such as simple value of solar tariffs, battery technologies, and purchasing power agreements.

Rocky and Me: Estephanie Aquino ’18 Senior Reflection

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

When I was deciding between colleges during the spring of my senior year of high school I remember checking out Dartmouth’s website and instantly being drawn to the Rockefeller Center after reading about students only two years older than me being actively involved in the policy-making process, conducting research, and meeting legislators. As a student who was exposed to the intricacies of environmental policy and regulation through my high school’s Energy and Utilities Academy, I knew that I needed to enroll at an institution that could cater to my curiosity and would allow me to be directly involved in the policy-making process.

Rocky and Me: Ray Lu ’18 Senior Reflection

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

I made the long journey from Austin, Texas — where I was born and raised — to Dartmouth knowing I wanted a new, challenging environment. My interest in economics derived from my father’s background as an economist, and the time I spent with the U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program the summer before college inspired me to explore the policy realm.

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

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

Rocky and Me: Jimmy Fair ’18 Senior Reflection

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

I grew up visiting Dartmouth every summer because my grandparents retired to Hanover 25 years ago. Dartmouth became my first choice by the beginning of high school, and I was surprised by how receptive professors were to my requests to sit in on classes and chat with them during a visit my junior year of high school. Coming from Colorado, I also wanted to go to college where I had immediate access to the outdoors. 

Rocky and Me: Julia Decerega ’18 Senior Reflection

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

When I walked into Rocky for the first time during one of the many orientation week open houses I attended, I did not imagine at the time the impact the physical building, and the people in it, would ultimately have on my college experience. I had heard about Rocky when I visited Dartmouth during Dimensions, I even took a pretty brochure home at the time. It was comforting to know that Dartmouth had a center dedicated to the study of public policy and to helping students apply their knowledge in the real world, which is what I was looking for in college. This made my decision to choose Dartmouth feel like the right one at the time. 

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, April 16, 2018

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENT TESTIFIES BEFORE NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE LEGALIZATION, REGULATION, AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA.

On Monday, April 16, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop student Christopher McCorkle '20 traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana, an active statutory committee made up of legislators from the NH House and Senate, a public member appointed by the governor, the NH Attorney General, and representatives from the NH DHHS, DOS, DAMF, DRA, Banking Department, Medical Society, and Association of Chiefs of Police. The presentation summarized the main findings of a PRS report written with Wyatt Williams '19, Tyler Work '20, and Christopher McCorkle '20 titled "Investigating Policy Options for Recreational Marijuana in New Hampshire," (PRS Policy Brief 1718-09) which they had researched and written at the request of Representative John Hunt, Chair of the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee in the NH House.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, April 9, 2018

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE SOUTHERN WINDSOR COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION.

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Brandon Nye '20, Sunpreet Singh '20, and Connor Turner '20 presented their research findings to the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. The students spent the fall and winter terms performing a valuation study and drafting their report, "Valuation of Recreation Infrastructure in Southern Windsor County: An Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure in Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor," (PRS Policy Brief 1718-04) at the request of Mr. Jason Rasmussen, Director of Planning at the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission.

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