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Thanks to our Team Harris ambassador, Sally Park (MPP'18), for this post! Stay tuned on our website for Winter Quarter campus visits to sit in on classes like the ones below! 

Hi everyone! As our autumn quarter wraps up, I’d like to talk about the courses I took! 

Financial Accounting (at Booth School of Business) 

As a second year, this quarter I took advantage of the fact that we can take up to 6 courses outside of Harris. Financial Accounting is one of the pre-requisites for other Booth courses such as Investments and Financial Statement Analysis. It gives you the opportunity to learn how to read balance sheets and income statements, and understand how bonds and stocks work. It is definitely challenging if you haven’t done accounting before, and requires a lot of work, but I felt the class very helpful and essential to grasp the basics of finance. 

International Commercial Policy (at Booth School of Business) 

As I am very much interested in trade and development, I really liked this class. This was taught by a visiting professor from Dartmouth, Douglas Irwin. Each class consisted of economic theories under trade policy and current trade-related issues. It was a good combination of theory and real examples. He also writes often about trade issues in the Economist and Wall Street Journal, so it was very interesting to talk to the professor who is really an expert in trade. Why does President Trump argue that we should withdraw from NAFTA? Do immigrants really “steal” our jobs from American workers? Should we worry about trade deficits against China? All those questions could be answered throughout the class. 

Competition Policy (at Harris) 

This course is taught by Sean Durkin, who is the Vice President of Charles Rivers Associates, a global consulting firm. I found it interesting as he not only teaches you the economic analysis of monopoly power but shows you the real antitrust cases in the U.S. The class also provides you with the overview of legal framework of competition policy in the U.S. and other parts of the world. I heard the class material overlaps with the Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms, which is another Harris course, but this class could be more interesting depending on the student’s preference as it is taught by the practitioner. 

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Thanks to our Team Harris Student Ambassador, Sally Park (MPP'18), for this post! 

Hi everyone! Are you looking for teaching assistant positions at Harris School of Public Policy?

I am currently a teaching assistant for Statistics for Data Analysis I class for the professor Dan Black, and wanted to share my TA experiences.

How did I get TA position?

I took Professor Dan Black’s advanced economics class in my first year, which I really enjoyed and ended up getting good scores. He already knew me throughout last year, so he asked for my CV and offered me a TA position for the statistics class before the quarter started.

I also did a TA for the undergrad public policy analysis course for Professor Jim Leitzel last winter. The email was sent to the Harris students for those who are interested in TA. I applied with my CV and brief statement of interests, had a Skype interview, and got it!

What is being a TA like?

As a TA, you hold office hours and TA sessions every other week (The frequency depends on the class). You’ll also attend the course with the students to be familiar with each week’s lecture material.

Usually for big classes like statistics, you have multiple TAs. So they divide up their work and grade assignments and midterms/finals.

Do you like your TA job?

Absolutely! Although it takes much time especially for grading, teaching definitely helps me review the concepts and improve my knowledge - I feel much more confident in statistics than before. I enjoy helping others with something that I am already familiar with. 

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Check out all the events we're planning for the fourth week of November 27th! Thanks to our Team Harris Senior Ambassador, Tyler Barron (MPP'18) for this post! 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Paul Offner Lecture featuring Dean Katherine Baicker

Health economist and Dean of Harris Public Policy, Katherine Baicker, will give the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture on Tuesday, November 28 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. Her presentation, The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform, begins at 4:30 p.m.

Reception to follow.

For more information and RSVPs, contact Bridget Pirsch,

When: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

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Thanks to our Team Harris Ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP'18), for this post! 

In Chicago for the first time? Have family visiting for the weekend? Done with all your problem sets for the week and need to chill? Treat yourself by exploring the Windy City, Harris-style.

Day 1

Dim Sum in Chinatown

There is no better way to start your day than a table full of delicious food and hot jasmine tea. With so many dim sum options in Chinatown (Cai, Ming Hin, and Phoenix, to name a heavy-hitting few), you’ll find something for everyone! I also highly recommend grabbing some bubble tea at Kung-Fu Tea or Joy Yee’s afterward.

Dedicated Museum Time

Chicago has a dizzying amount of world-class museums and there are not enough hours in the day to visit them all. Luckily, a handful of them are clustered together on Museum Campus for easy access and two of the best art museums in the world (the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art) are located within minutes of each other by bus. The Chicago Cultural Center also houses a few art exhibits and is worth checking out if you are spending some time downtown.

If you are looking for museums in Hyde Park, the Museum of Science Industry, the Smart Museum, the Logan Center, and the Oriental Institute should all be on your must-visit list.

*BONUS: Self-guided walking tour of public art in Downtown Chicago

Chagall, Miro, Picasso, and more all on the public streets of Chicago. Free, and amazing!

Movie at the Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre is one of my favorite places in the City, and not just because they show some amazing movies that span different time periods and genres. The staff is passionate, the snacks are affordable, and they have a dedicated organist! The Music Box Theatre is a Chicago treasure, and no trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to this venue.

Day 2

Exploring the Garfield Park Conservatory

Located conveniently near a CTA Green Line station, the Conservatory is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the City. The Conservatory is free to the public and is open every day of the year, which is an added bonus.

People watching and shopping in Wicker Park

Wicker Park is one of the central shopping, dining, and entertainment districts in Chicago. The neighborhood was featured in the movie High Fidelity, and has become an important Chicago social hub. Some favorite stops here are Stan’s Donuts, Myopic Books, Gather Home & Lifestyle, and Quimby’s Comics.

Taking in a show at The Green Mill

Located in Uptown, The Green Mill is a historic club that has been around since the early 1900s. While the jazz performances are phenomenal, The Green Mill also hosts a variety of other events throughout the week which makes it an important cultural hub for the neighborhood and the City of Chicago itself.


Want to spend more time in Hyde Park? Be sure to check out my Hyde Park recommendations!


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Check out all the events we're planning for the fourth week of November! Thanks to our Team Harris Senior Ambassador, Tyler Barron (MPP'18) for this post! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Diagnosing the American Healthcare System  

Join the IOP in welcoming a panel of experts to discuss the past, present, and future of the American healthcare system. Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has remained one of the most divisive issues in American politics. President Donald Trump ran on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, but after unsuccessful repeal attempts in Congress this summer, the ACA is still standing.

So, after seven years on the books, how has Obamacare changed the business and delivery of healthcare services? How have doctors and patients fared under the ACA? And how will President Trump’s executive order – or any future repeal attempts – affect the system?


When: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Where: Quadrangle Club
Dining Room
1155 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Get To Know Harris! A General Information Webinar

Please join our Harris Admissions Team for a webinar discussing the application process. Our Early Action deadline is November 27th, and we will use this webinar to discuss some of the frequently asked questions we receive from applicants, as well as tips on how to work through your application. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions live. We look forward to speaking with you! 


When: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: A link will be sent to all registrants.
Chicago, IL 60637

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Paul Offner Lecture featuring Dean Katherine Baicker

Health economist and Dean of Harris Public Policy, Katherine Baicker, will give the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture on Tuesday, November 28 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. Her presentation, The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform, begins at 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored By: Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

For more information and RSVPs, contact Bridget Pirsch,

When: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

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Thanks to our Director of Recruitment, Jenny Erickson, for this post! 

So, you are interested in two programs – and the application asks you to confirm if you want to be considered for more than one program – perfect, right? We think so, but we know from chatting with students that some think this is an “admissions trick”.

Students have shared with us their thought process when seeing the question about being considered for more than one program goes something like this:

"Oh, perfect! I’m really interested in the MA program but not sure if I’m a fit for that program, and I’d be excited to do the MPP program too! Great – I can be considered for the program the Committee thinks is the best fit! But…wait…what if this is a TRICK? And the Admissions Committee will think if I show an interest in more than one program that I’m not actually REALLY interested in my first choice. Will this lower my chances of getting into either program?”

That’s not how we work here at Harris. If a student indicates they are interested in more than one program – great! That simply means they will be considered for multiple programs and the Committee will determine if another program may be a better fit. Showing an interest in more than one program really does not have disadvantage. In fact, sometimes if students don’t indicate this, but we do think they are a really strong candidate for a specific program, we may reach out to the student directly. It’s very common for students who apply to the PhD program to be considered for the MACRM program, and for students who apply to the MSCAPP to be considered for MPP, and so on.

If you have gone to the lengths to submit a detailed, unique, and competitive application, our team will go the distance to review all you have submitted and find the best fit program.

No trick questions.

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Thanks to our Team Harris Student Ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP'18), for this post! 

With greater attention toward energy and environmental policy impacts in the United States and around the world, it becomes ever more important to cultivate opportunities for the next generation of policymakers to learn about the different ways to make informed decisions regarding energy policy. In collaboration with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and several key University departments (including Harris Public Policy), the University of Chicago introduced a new program in data science for energy and environmental research that will not only introduce innovative courses related to the energy and environment, but also install a computational data science research trainee program to qualifying graduate students in science-focused graduate programs. Students who are not necessarily in science-focused degree programs are eligible to participate in traineeship but will not be offered financial support through the trainee program.

This new initiative will begin offering courses to all University graduate students in the 2018-2019 academic year, and financial support for the trainee program in computational data science for energy and environment will be granted via existing PhD and master’s programs that meet specific program criteria. This is an unparalleled opportunity for incoming or prospective public policy graduate students (particularly those considering doctoral, MACRM, and MSESP degrees at Harris) focused on energy and environment policy to strengthen their research skills in addition to their own professional development. This is an exciting new opportunity, so be sure to check it out!

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Harris Public Policy Dean Katherine Baicker will be joining her UChicago colleagues at the Institute of Politics for a discussion on the American Healthcare System. One of the best ways to "get to know Harris" is to attend an event or lecture that features our faculty, and get a read on the conversations we are having around various policy movements. If you can't attend the event, be sure to check out an interview from Dean Baicker describing the impact of her research on Medicaid expansion. 

About the speakers

Katherine Baicker is the Dean of Harris Public Policy. She is an economist and leading scholar in healthcare policy, particularly known for her research on the expansion of Medicaid in Oregon. 

Brent Earnest is the New Mexico Secretary of the Department of Human Services who has also overseen the expansion of Medicaid in his state. 

David Meltzer is the Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine at UChicago,and affiliated faculty in Economics and at Harris. His research focuses on the intersection of health economics and public policy. 

Kathleen Sebelius is a current IOP Pritzker Fellow and former US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The event will be moderated by Sarah Kilff, Senior Correspondent from Vox.  

This event is open to the public. You can RSVP here - seats are limited! 

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Thanks to The Pearson Institute staff member Alex Carr for this post!

As fall quarter kicks into full gear, we get a lot of questions from students about how they can get involved with The Pearson Institute.

But first, what is The Pearson Institute? The first of its kind, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts is a research institute affiliated with Harris Public Policy that is dedicated to finding new strategies to better understand and address global conflicts.

One of the best ways for students to interact with The Pearson Institute is through its events. The Pearson Institute hosts intimate discussions with key policy leaders from around the world, and last month, in the October edition of The Pearson Institute’s Lunch and Learn series, we heard from one such leader. Ximena Cadena, former Deputy Minister General at the Colombian Ministry of Finance, spoke about her role in financing the historic peace accords between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. It was fascinating to hear about the financial components of conflict resolution, in an intimate setting for students.

These Lunch and Learns hosted by The Pearson Institute happen each month and seek to bring diverse and distinguished voices speaking on conflict-related issues. In September, we heard from John Deutch, MIT Professor Emeritus and former US Deputy Secretary of Defense, about the future of the US nuclear deterrent. This month, we’ll hear from Leopoldo Fergusson, visiting scholar from the Universidad de los Andes, on the political economy of conflict and violence.

The Pearson Institute also hosts larger-scale events. On October 16, jointly with the Institute of Politics, we welcomed David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the UK government. Mr. Miliband spoke on the current state of the refugee crisis and how the humanitarian community is responding. Check out the discussion, moderated by faculty member James Robinson

Lastly, students can engage with the Institute through its faculty, who offer a wide variety of courses open to University of Chicago students, from African development to conflict resolution to global education policies and reforms. This year is also the first opportunity for students to enroll in the Certificate in the Study of Global Conflicts and the Certificate in the Study of International Development. By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, this interdisciplinary course of study will prepare graduate students of diverse interests for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

This year’s cohort of students at Harris are taking full advantage of the offerings of The Pearson Institute. We can’t wait to see what next year brings!


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Thanks to our Assistant Director of Recruitment, Alyssa Szynal, for giving us her application tips! 

Assistant Director of Recruitment Alyssa Szynal.

What are you looking for in an application?

I would say we’re looking for you to tell us your story. We want students at Harris who bring in a wide range of experiences academically and professionally. You don’t have to fit a particular profile to be a good fit for Harris; in fact, I would say that there isn’t one consistent profile to fit. What all of our students have in common is their drive and excitement about policy. So as you put together your application, tell us what sparked your interest in studying public policy – was it a class? A job? A volunteer experience? Additionally, what led you to apply to Harris specifically? As you tell your story, we want to hear about where you have been, as well as where you picture yourself being involved at Harris and the University of Chicago, and where you might go beyond.

How can applicants stand out?

You know your story best. Everyone has something in their profile that makes them unique, so identify what that is for you and be sure to highlight it. What are you bringing to the table that no one else will? We usually hear about how attending Harris will benefit the applicant – so as an applicant, flip the story and tell us how having you as a student will be great for Harris.

What else should an applicant know about Harris?

The culture at Harris is incredibly collaborative, and there is a strong sense of community among our students. I love to talk about our Harris Student Organizations. They represent such a wide variety of interests, and they’re always changing based on student interests – four new HSOs were added just last week. They host everything from networking events to autumn trips to the pumpkin patch, so there are plenty of ways to be part of the community both professionally and socially. Harris Student Government and Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) are two great examples of very active HSOs.

What timeline do you suggest for applicants?

Start today! The sooner you begin the process, the less stressful it will be. Make sure you give your recommenders plenty of time to write and submit letters of recommendation for you. Give yourself enough time to write (and edit!) your essays as well; don’t leave that part until the last minute.

I also always suggest visiting our campus to get a sense of our community, and if you start the application process and visit early, you might be able to incorporate what you learn into your application. Even if you can’t make it to Chicago, you can still meet us virtually through a webinar and take our virtual tour of campus.


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Hello! I am Xiaofan Liu, a second-year MPP student and member of Team Harris. I would love to share a little about my experience in one fantastic Core Course: Decisions and Organizations with Professor Wioletta Dziuda. It is offered every spring. MPP students usually take it during their 3rd quarter, after Analytical Politics I & II.

Prof. Wioletta Dziuda is an assistant professor at Harris. Her main interests lie in applied game theory, political economy, and the economics of information. She has a very unique teaching style: clear, interesting, and motivating at the same time. I am sure that many students were as astonished by her first lecture as I was. Stopping by her office hours, we could always get valuable suggestions not only on the course, but also on other game theory applications that interested us. There is also a group of excellent TAs to help us solve problems about models.

Whether running an NGO, being a consultant, policy analyst or a policy maker, you are part of an organization –  contributing to its success or failure, and affecting its operations. Understanding the basic challenges that organizations face and learning how to avoid mistakes that can lead to organizational failure is a necessary skill for people who are passionate about making social impacts. The course consists of three parts: providing incentives within organizations to achieve the goals, how insufficient or dispersed information may lead to suboptimal decisions and how to alleviate the problem, and how organizations should respond to behavioral biases.

By exploring incentives behind people’s actions, I could understand the world better and communicate with people of different experiences. I remember one team assignment where we had the same data, but each interpreted the information differently due to our diverse backgrounds and mindsets.

I hope this gives you a sense of what Core Courses are like at Harris, and a little bit more motivation to dig deeper when you are having Decisions and Organizations.

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Check out all the events we're planning for the second week of November! Thanks to our Team Harris Senior Ambassador, Tyler Barron (MPP'18) for this post! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Role of Women in International Politics and Policy Reform

Harris and Women in Public Policy (WiPP), the Project on Political Reform (PPR), and Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) would like to welcome Laura Haim, a current IOP fellow, French journalist, and former spokesperson of Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign, for a lively Lunch and Learn.


When: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Harris Public Policy
Student Lounge
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Get To Know Harris! A General Information Webinar

Please join our admissions staff for a General Information Webinar. Our team will go over the application process and answer any questions you have about our programs or application. 


When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Where: A link will be sent to all registrants.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Workshop on Human Potential: Featuring Jorge Luis García

Join us for Jorge Luis García's workshop on "Quantifying the Life-Cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program."

When: 10:30am – 11:50am

Where: Harris Public Policy
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Get to Know Harris! A Webinar for MACRM and PhD Candidates

Please join Harris Admissions staff for a webinar featuring some of our current students and discussing the Master of Arts in Public Policy with a Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) and PhD program. 

RSVP now!

When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Where: A link will be sent to all registrants.

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Thanks to our Director of Recruitment, Jenny Erickson, for this post! 

With our Early Action deadline only a few weeks away we wanted to provide some information on the differences between Early Action and Round One. Students frequently request more information on the application rounds and the benefits of one application over the other. There is no disadvantage to applying in Early Action. Some of the benefits of applying in Early Action Include:

  • Learning your admission decision early in the process - Early Action applicants will be notified in mid-December of their admission decision
  • Students have additional time to attend events and get to know Harris staff and faculty before Round One students begin submitting applications
  • Students accepted in Early Action have more time to plan relocating to the Chicago area and review housing options early in the process
  • Early Action is non-binding and does not have an earlier deposit date than other rounds 
  • Students who are wait-listed in Early Action will have time to submit additional or updated documents to be considered in Round One 
  • Accepted students will have additional time to identify and be considered for other opportunities such as fellowships, research assistantships, and more

If you are unable to apply in Early Action -- you will not have test scores or your recommenders may not be able to submit by the deadline -- we encourage you to apply for Round One. However, if you are able to apply in Early Action, this tends to be the best option for students. Don’t forget – we can accept your unofficial scores and transcripts on your application. Once students are admitted they will then need to send their official scores and transcripts. If you have questions about the application process consider attending one of the webinars below:


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Thanks to our Team Harris ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP'18), for this post! 

Chicago is a world-class city that is made up of 77 (!) different neighborhoods. The University of Chicago has called the neighborhood of Hyde Park its home since 1890, and it’s safe to say a lot has changed in the area since then. As a love letter to Hyde Park, here are some of my favorite spots throughout the historical neighborhood:

Best Place to People Watch

Promontory Point

An essential part of Hyde Park, the Promontory Point can host all of your favorite outdoor activities: weddings, picnics, campfires, kite flying, soccer matches, swimming, and more! It provides direct access to the iconic Lakefront Trail, so it’s easy to take a stroll around the Point and then hit the Lakefront Trail to jog down south along Jackson Park, or go all the way up north to Edgewater. It’s also a great place to watch fireworks during 4th of July, as you get a direct view of downtown Chicago and Navy Pier from the north side of the Point.

Best Coffee

Grounds of Being - Divinity School Cafe

There are many wonderful coffee spots in Hyde Park (U of C students are a well-caffeinated bunch), but I have the biggest soft spot for the this cash-only cozy spot. Not only is the coffee spectacular, but their food offerings are just as affordable and vast.

Best Brunch


Nothing beats a satisfying, inexpensive brunch at Valois. Plus, President Obama has his own table here. Enough said.

Best Place to Work on a Problem Set

Harper Memorial Library

Dubbed the “Harry Potter Library” by some, it is not only a great place for a photo opportunity, but also to get a lot of work done because it is unusually quiet here at all times. The only drawback to this study spot is that it is always super warm temperature-wise, which is great for your REM cycle but potentially bad for that problem set you have due in 3 hours.

Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed

Blackstone Bicycle Works

Blackstone Bikes is an amazing and inspiring community bike shop that takes a very cool concept and turns it into an education opportunity for neighborhood youth. Blackstone Bikes is a vital community institution, and the perfect place to stop by for a quick tune up before your biking adventures around the city.

Best Non-Chain Bookstore

All of them!

With a small handful of bookstores to choose from, it’s hard to definitively say one bookstore is the “best”. And yes, it’s true - most Hyde Park residents take their reading lists very seriously (and no two lists are likely to be the same), so it’s important to have a little bit of variety when it comes to book-browsing. The Seminary Co-Op and 57th Street Books operate as a partnership, and Powell’s Books is a great source for used books. All three bookstores are relatively close to each other, so I highly recommend checking out all three if you’re ever in Hyde Park.

Best Sandwich

Hyde Park Produce Deli Counter

The deli counter at Hyde Park Produce has changed very little over the years, and the combination of a sandwich and a bag of chips or fruit is an amazing deal compared to some other options in the area. My staple is the caprese sandwich here - everything about it is juuuust right, and it’s easy to take with you whether you’re biking to campus for a talk at the Seminary Co-Op or heading to a picnic at the Point (See what I did there? It all comes full circle!).

Want to learn more about our Hyde Park neighborhood? Check out more information here

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With less than thirty (30!) days until our first Early Action deadline, the Recruitment Team is donning their superhero costumes to get ready to power through your carefully prepared applications. 

For those of you who have questions regarding the application process, we have three upcoming webinars:

General Information Webinar

A Webinar for PhD and MACRM Candidates

A Webinar for U.S. and International Candidates 

We can't wait to see what "super" applicants we have this year! 

The Recruitment Team preps for some super applications.
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Hi everyone! My name is Estela and I work for the Admissions office at Harris. My husband Eduardo is a current second-year MPP student. I am going to share some of our journey with you! It has been an amazing and unforgettable experience – I can’t believe two years is almost over!

Eduardo and I moved to Chicago from Mexico City. I will never forget the feeling of arriving to a new country with nothing more than our suitcases: To get to my new, empty apartment (which we only knew by the website) and getting an inflatable mattress and sheets for the first night. Next day: Ikea adventure trip! After hours of looking for our new furniture and assembling everything, we celebrated with delicious and famous deep dish pizza.

We live downtown in the city. I love going out for a walk to Millennium Park, shopping on Michigan Avenue, and contemplating the spectacular view of the river while experiencing the city’s multicultural ambience. During the summer, there is nothing better than biking on the lake shore or the free concerts at Pritzker Pavillion. Chicago is just breathtaking and it has so many things going on all the time that you feel guilty for staying at home. You have museums, the aquarium, baseball games, hockey matches, basketball, famous theaters, great shopping, and of course The Bean, which no matter how many times I've seen it I can’t avoid taking a selfie with it! 

But the best part of all is the great atmosphere and community that is Harris. The first time I met everyone was when Harris took all the new students to see a baseball game. That was when I met my new best friends- all the other partners who are in the same situation as me and who became my family. 

I have been able to do things I have never been able to do before. I enrolled in great classes and pursued a certifiate at The School Of The Art Institute. One time, I even played with the Harris basketball team. 

I also had the opportunity of traveling to Israel with several public policy students. I learned a lot about the conflict and it was interesting to listen to the opinion of the future Harris policy makers. I discovered an amazing city, ate delicious food, and best of all, everything with great friends and lots of fun.

The more I write, the more nostalgia I get for thinking this experience is about to end. I will go back to my country happier than ever, with many friends from all over the world, a Public Policy maker husband that will make a change in the world and with a print of Harris and Chicago in my heart! Thanks to all who have been part of this adventure.

Estela Garcia Rosello (left) and her husband Eduardo, MPP'18 (right).
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Check out all the events we're planning for the first week of November! Thanks to our Team Harris Senior Ambassador, Tyler Barron (MPP'18) for this post! 


Monday, October 30th, 2017

A Conversation with Arne Duncan

Join Harris Public Policy for a fireside chat with with Senior Distinguished Fellow and Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, LAB'82. The conversation will examine Duncan's career and experience so far, his time in the Obama administration, his take on what's next for education policy, as well as what's ahead for him professionally, including his new endeavor with Chicago CRED, an affiliate program with Emerson Collective.


When: 6:30pm – 8:30pm


6:00 pm: Doors open
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Program 
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Reception 

Where: The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Workshop on Human Potential: Featuring Elizabeth Gershoff  

Join us for Elizabeth Gershoff's workshop on "Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Using Research to End Legal Violence against Children."

When: 10:30am – 11:50am

Where: Harris Public Policy
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Census Bureau and the State of Data in Governance

Dr. Ron Jarmin, acting Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will give a talk on the current state of data and statistics in the federal government. Dr. Jarmin will speak to the significant challenges facing the Census Bureau and the changing landscape of the federal government’s collection of information necessary for effective policy-making. 

RSVP by November 1!

When: 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Where: The Harris School of Public Policy
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Harris Community Reception at APPAM's Fall Research Conference

Please join us for an evening of conversation and networking with fellow alumni, current PhD and MACRM students, public policy colleagues, and Harris faculty and staff. The reception will include remarks by new Harris Dean Katherine Baicker.

Please RSVP by October 31.

When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Acapulco Room
151 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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Thanks to our Team Harris student ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP'18), for this post! Tiffany currently serves as the Director of Marketing for one of our student organizations. Read on to learn more! 

Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) is one of the oldest student organizations at Harris. It is also a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) within the greater UChicago community. As such, MiPPS draws institutional support from the Center for Leadership and Involvement at the University in addition to core Harris staff and faculty. MiPPS was formally formed in 2004, but its roots began in 1992 as AALAANA - African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. MiPPS also attributes its founding history to the Black Policy Forum, which was created at Harris around 1996. 

MiPPS aims to foster an inclusive community of students that is passionate about promoting minority representation in public policy, as guided by our mission statement:

Minorities in Public Policy Studies serves as an academic, social, and cultural resource for students at Harris Public Policy. Our goals are to raise awareness concerning issues pertaining to minority students of Harris and the greater community, increase the number of minorities at the Harris, and promote civic participation within Harris, the University of Chicago, and the greater community.

After attending several events hosted by MiPPS last academic year, including its Pre-Orientation Week Welcome Event and annual Alumni Awards Gala, I approached last year's Executive Board to ask about what I could do to help push their vision forward. I currently serve as the Director of Marketing within the Executive Board, and I am joined by four other amazing student Directors who lead our Programming, Finance, and Recruitment & Advocacy efforts. We are eager to bring on students to help us achieve our mission, and we hope that our collective passion will allow MiPPS to maintain its reputation as a leading student organization for many years to come.

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As you move through the application process, be sure to check out the profiles of our current students and alumni. These pieces are a great way to hear from our Master's candidates- past and present - on how their degree helped to elevate their career, follow a passion for change, and why they chose Harris to continue their studies. 

Our Students 

Peter Biava - MPP/MBA '19 (expected) speaks about his dual degree with the Booth School of Business. 

Jihye Jang - MPP '18 (expected) on her internships with Greenpeace and the UN and how they led her to consider a PhD. 

Our Alumni 

Sarah Guminski - MPP '17 on her role as a project coordinator and data analyst for Northwestern's Institute of Policy Research. 

Andi Widianto - MPP '15 on his experience as an international student and his work with the Central Bank of India. 

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Check out all the events we're planning for the fifth week of October! Thanks to our Team Harris Senior Ambassador, Tyler Barron (MPP'18) for this post! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Chicago 

Fall Open House

Please join us for an Open House on Thursday, October 26th. Students will have options to begin their day by sitting in on a class and exploring all that Hyde Park has to offer. Our scheduled program will begin at 1:00pm and will include an Admissions Presentation, and panel discussions with Alumni, Current Students, Career Development, Student Affairs, and other staff members at Harris. You may attend for a full day or half. 

Register Now! 


8:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.: Coffee with a current student and observing a class

12:00-1:00 p.m: Lunch at Harris
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Scheduled Program

  • Career Development Panel featuring Harris alumni
  • Current Student Panel 
  • Admissions Presentation 
  • Happy Hour with Harris Students

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - North Carolina 

North Carolina Harper Lecture: The Effect of Medicaid on Spending, Health, and Well-Being


With the future of Medicaid and public health insurance subsidies in flux, gauging the effects of public insurance on health care spending, financial security, and physical and mental health is crucial. Such effects are notoriously hard to assess, however, because there are many differences between uninsured and insured populations that may affect health. Katherine Baicker and colleagues used a rare opportunity in Oregon to conduct a randomized, controlled evaluation of the effects of Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes. Baicker will present recent findings from this and other studies to shed light on the likely effects of changes in health policy.

To register and find out more, please click here.


6:00 p.m.  Registration and networking
6:30 p.m.  Presentation and discussion
7:30 p.m.  Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)

Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Complimentary valet parking is available.

Where: The Franklin Hotel
311 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516