Our student's interests are as vast as the field of Policy Analysis and Management itself. PAM students can focus on a wide array topics and areas that they feel passionate about. We love learning about what inspires our students along with their accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom.
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PAM students, please email Natalie Kimbrough with the details of any projects, research or groups you are working with.
Vidushi is a Health Care Policy Major and a 5-Year BS/MHA Sloan student.
"I am a policy analyst for the Healthcare Center of the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, and I enjoy participating in Humecathon events run by the College of Human Ecology. Both experiences have allowed me to use the skills I learned in my PAM courses to develop solutions to real world policy issues. I also enjoy conducting research at the Cornell Design and Augmented Intelligence Laboratory, volunteering at the Ithaca Free Clinic, and dancing on the team Big Red Raas."
Jill is a PAM senior, minoring in Information Science, Law & Society, and Psychology. She has led the Big Red Marching Band as Head Manager, is currently serving as the Spring Events Coordinator for the College of Human Ecology Ambassador, is a News Staff Writer for the Cornell Daily Sun, and a member of the Student Assembly Appropriations Committee and Financial Aid Review Committee. She also completes research for Professor Fitzpatrick and for the Labor Dynamics Institute.
"I initially chose to apply as a PAM major at Cornell because I was eager to study in a social science program that offered courses in a wide breadth of subject areas and had the overall goal of learning skills and materials to make a positive impact on society. After my first semester as a PAM student, I quickly learned that policy dictates every aspect of modern society, and I was committed and excited to learn how to analyze and improve the policy programs that influence our everyday lives. "
Stephenson is a PhD student interested in physician decision making and how patients respond to non-pecuniary information. He is an emergency physician and family physician who practices in Niagara as well as remote communities in northern Canada.
"PAM is this unique place where theory meets evidence to produce policy. I was attracted to the department because of the depth and breadth of knowledge in answering important health-related, economic, and social questions. But what has impressed me the most has been the importance placed upon unbiased evaluation of evidence to support policy conclusions. Changing opinion based upon changing evidence is considered necessary. The type of training provided by the department and the knowledge of the faculty at PAM means that people trust the recommendations coming from PAM and its graduates as serious and well considered."
Alicia Duran is a Health Care Policy major within the PAM department and will be starting the accelerated MHA @sloanmha program this fall.
"As a health care policy major in the PAM department I've become invested in advocacy and policy reform. On campus I am involved with the Cornell Roosevelt Institute as a health policy analyst. This past semester I wrote a policy proposal advocating for infrastructure investments in Appalachia Kentucky in order to increase access to preventative healthcare services. This upcoming semester I am excited to be an accelerated MHA student in the Sloan Program for Health Administration!"
Emily is a PhD Candidate in PAM who is conducting in-depth interviews with low-income patients at a rural Community Health Center to learn how COVID-19 has affected their lives, livelihoods, and health care. With increasing unemployment and loss of health insurance due to the pandemic, more Americans will need to rely upon the free or reduced cost care at their local Community Health Centers, which are now located in 12,000 medically underserved communities nationwide. This qualitative research will shed light on how this safety net program is responding to the needs of their patients amidst the ongoing public health crisis.
Bella is a 5 year BS/MHA student. She leads the Human Ecology Humecathon events, co-inspired the PAM 1050 career course, recently won the SUNY Graduate fellowship, is Co-President of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, participates in the HE Ambassador Program, and Hillel’s Social Justice Committee. She also writes for Cornell’s Roosevelt Institute, where she is the Student Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy.
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"Human Ecology provides a unique opportunity to bring together students with diverse interests united in the goal of striving to improve the everyday lives of humans. While we are sometimes questioned for the variety of majors that may not, at first glance, seem to go all together, situations like COVID-19 demonstrate the necessity of a college like HumEc to bring together a multitude of perspectives. For any societal issue, it’s not enough to just have policymakers, nutritionists, fashion designers, or doctors, but rather it’s necessary for everyone to approach the problem from all of these different avenues and then work together to weave these results into a solution that addresses all aspects of the issue."
Komala is a Health Care Policy sophomore, who recently helped develop a volunteer service called PonyExpress. This platform helps neighbors help neighbors through a grocery delivery service, providing a way for people, including the elderly and immunocompromised, to have their groceries delivered safely and without the added fees and wait times.
Tatiana is a PAM PhD student, President of the Graduate Students in PAM, Executive Member of Latinx Graduate Students Coalition, and member of the Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
“Over the last few months, in the midst of social distancing and working from home, I've received so much support, comfort and encouragement from our PAM community. I've seen our community come together in many ways prior to COVID, but this pandemic coupled with the current state of affairs has reaffirmed the resilience of our community. Lastly, I would say that the highlights of my time as a PhD student is the broad range of research I've had the chance to engage with, learn from and be challenged by. This summer, I am particularly excited to be co-authoring a book chapter with my committee chair, Dr. Hall, and RAing for Dr. Reyes.”
Candace is a PAM junior, Co-Chair of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, Co-Membership Chair of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, a Cornell Engaged Ambassador, serves on the PAM Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and works with the Upward Bound program.
"Before coming to Cornell, I chose PAM because I had no idea what I wanted to do, and PAM seemed broad enough to encompass any possible interests I had. By the end of my freshman year, I became a huge fan of the PAM department, and quite frankly, I don't think PAM gets enough credit. My favorite aspect of the PAM department is the breadth of classes that are available. If you are interested in any major public issue, you can probably either find a class on it or connect with a member of the PAM faculty, and because the PAM department is so close-knit, this isn't a difficult task at all. I highly suggest connecting with any PAM faculty because their passion for policy and impressive knowledge is truly inspiring and has continued to motivate me in my own pursuit of policy research and reform."
Charlie is a PAM sophomore, Research Assistant for the Pharmaceutical Advertising Lab and an Associate Manager for Public Relations for the Cornell Policy Review.
"I am interested in policy because it is a way to have a quantifiable impact on society. The first thing that you learn in Introduction to Policy Analysis is that policy is ubiquitous and coercive. It is like the air we breathe. I think that the most direct way to improve society is to study the rules, regulations, and decisions that surround it with the intent to change and improve them."