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Public Policy Studies Student Advisory Board (PPS-SAB)

The 2020-21 advisory board provides a platform to pursue leadership opportunities within the major and actively participate in the creation, planning and execution of student-centered programming and opportunities. The 2020-21 board has four sub-committees focused on different areas of impact. Each selected member has a leading role within a sub-committee plus a secondary area of interest.

Contact the PPS-SAB by emailing 2020-studentadvisoryboard-pps@lists.uchicago.edu

Community Programming (C)

Sophia Corning

  • Career/Mentorships

Miranda Zhang

  • Career/Mentorships

Lionel Rubio

  • Career/Mentorships

Academic Studies Programs (A)

Murphy DePompei

  • Career/Mentorships

Anna Selbrede

  • Career/Mentorships

Ting Ting Shi

  • Community Programs

Career and Employer Outreach/Mentorships (E)

Gabriella Birzh

  • Academic Studies Program

Vamshi Eppanapally

  • Harris Liaison

Hadley Ackerman

  • Harris Liaison

Madeline Paoli

  • Community Programs

Aparna Jayashankar

  • Harris Liaison

Lily Zheng

  • Community Programs

Harris Liaison (H)

Allison Leon

  • Community Programs

Hadley Ackerman

  • Harris Liaison

Heather Weller

  • Community Programs

Laura Pape

  • Academic Studies Programs

Zander Arnao

  • Career/Mentorships

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Signature Events

Academic Year Kick-Off 

Thu, October 8, 2020 5:30-6:30 PM via zoom

Public Policy Studies Open House

Thu, October 21, 2020 5:30-6:30 PM via zoom

Mentor Panels

Wed, January 27, 2021 5-6 PM via zoom

Wed, April 28, 2021 5-6 PM via zoom

BA Symposium

Fri, February 5, 2021 All Day via zoom

End of Year Celebration

Fri, May 21, 2021

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Student Highlights

Danielle Schmidt, AB'19

Our distinguished Taub Prize winner Danielle Schmidt, BA'19. Danielle's PBPL Thesis was published on the peer-reviewed journal "Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science” (August 2020). Danielle began research on her thesis in the spring of her junior year, driving out to rural parts of Illinois, and developing relationships with librarians so that she could build a snowball sample of individuals who came into the library to use the internet.

The boots-on-the-ground work she did to track down and recruit a hard-to-access interview sample was formidable. She completed a total of 51 interviews with a combination of rural Illinois residents who are insufficiently connected to the internet, public library and service provider employees, and advocacy experts who are working to address the so-called digital divide.

The work that Danielle did on her senior thesis was incredible, and in the spring of 2019 she was awarded the Richard P. Taub thesis prize—an award given to the 3 best theses in our department of about 140 graduating students. As of Fall 2020, Danielle Schmidt is a PhD student in the sociology department at the University of Wisconsin.

Danielle is motivated by a sincere desire to produce research that makes real-world change around systemic inequality and we look forward to following her career. 

Read Danielle's research.

Jessica Mora, AB'20

Our recent graduate, Jessica Mora, published "Spread Your Wings and FLI: How to Effectively Navigate College as a First-Generation, Low-Income Student" this April. The book draws upon her BA research and provides guidance on many aspects of the FLI students' experience. We hosted Jessica on May 13, 2021 to talk about her work on her thesis and her book. You can watch her conversation with Prof. Sorcha Brophy and hear more from Jessica on the College News story featuring her work.

Read "College alum writes guidebook for first-generation, low-income students."

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