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Meet Sparkle Dalphinis, Associate Director of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach at the Harris School of Public Policy, as well as other student and alumni leaders in Diversity and Inclusion.
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Thinking about applying to Harris? The Early Action deadline is coming up on October 27. The Student Recruitment and Global Outreach team would like to share seven tips for completing a successful application!
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MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) Program Director Kathryn Mattie shares her top ten takeaways from the recent "Zoom Into MSCAPP" program overview webinar.
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Incoming students at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy represent 49 countries, as well as various cultural backgrounds, languages, and experiences. International students applying to graduate school in the US may have many questions about our application process, and our admissions team is here to help. Director of International Partnerships and Executive Education Shilin Liu, MPP’17, shares some tips for international students applying to Harris.
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Are you interested in applying for our Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program? Read this note from Lana Kugli Ou, who completed the DPSS program in 2018 and will join the MSCAPP program in fall of 2021!

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Jenny Erickson, Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing Strategy at UChicago Harris Public Policy, answers questions about the academic and professional values of short-term, Credential Programs such as the seven-week Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program (DPSS).
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We are excited you are interested in participating in the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) program! The program offers rigorous academics and robust co-curriculars in a virtual format. There are unique benefits and challenges of virtual learning, and we designed the program so that you will have an immersive academic training and community experience to fully explore the fields of data science and public policy.  
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Are you interested in applying for our Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program? We frequently receive requests for tips from eager applicants searching for opportunities to strengthen their application, as well as students who are concerned about specific aspects of their application. Below we have share seven helpful tips for your application.
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With deadlines for the summer of 2021 fast approaching, we’ve provided you this checklist to make sure you are ready to submit a complete and strong application to the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program.
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It isn’t too early to apply to the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program! Here we outline the benefits of applying well in advance.
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Ryan Webb, Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) Class of 2021, interned as a Research Aide at Argonne National Lab this summer. He wrote this piece to reflect on this experience.
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This summer, Professor Austin Wright led the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) and International Policy Action Lab (IPAL) programs in a research project on Covid-19 mask mandates. Teaching Fellows Geet Chawla, MPP Class of 2021, Luke Chen, MACRM Class of 2020, and Anthony Farmer, MPP Class of 2021, worked alongside Wright on a research paper, “Tracking Mask Mandates During the Covid-19 Pandemic.” We asked the Teaching Fellows about their experience this summer.
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Its first in-person event of 2020, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing successfully hosted a parent reception for incoming Harris School of Public Policy students on September 19. Abiding by University health and safety guidelines, the Center welcomed 16 guests to its space to listen to Harris staff speak on Zoom, along with 46 other online participants.
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Our team is aware of the many unique challenges everyone is facing in this current environment. So, for the 2021 admission cycle, Harris is offering a test-optional admission process for all applicants—domestic and international. The policy is open to students who do not wish to share their scores and to students who are unable to take the GRE or GMAT.
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We talked with Geet Chawla, Master of Public Policy (MPP) Class of 2021, about how his team won the Clinton Global Fellowship.
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Thinking about applying to Harris? Our Open House offers a high-level overview of the value of a policy degree, our degree programs, and the network of students you will meet here. If you missed our recent Open House, or you attended and would like to review the sessions, you can access the recordings here.
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We spoke with Jennica Betsch, MAIDP’20, about her summer internship with Innovations for Poverty Action.
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Learn more about the recently launched Center for Effective Government, a hub where scholars, practitioners, and students can investigate efforts to change the way our political institutions are governed.
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We frequently receive this question from eager students searching for opportunities to strengthen their application, as well as those who are concerned about specific aspects of their application. Read more to hear our thoughts on these questions!
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One of the most common topics applicants ask us about are the letters of recommendation. These letters are an important part of your application and provide the committee with helpful information and insight into your ability to be successful at Harris Public Policy. In this post, Director of Student Recruitment Devon Reber Drehmer answers some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope these answers will be helpful to you as you are completing your application before the Early Action deadline on October 27!
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