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.
Aadi Kulkarni ‘22 and Henry Manley ‘22
Aadi and Henry are PAM Juniors and the co-founders behind the startup Polici.
“Polici takes long, dense and jargon filled academic research papers and summarizes them down to no more than a page at an eight grade reading level using a combination of artificial intelligence and human editors. The idea for Polici stemmed from an experience working as RAs with former PAM professor Chris Wildeman into a team of more than 10 students across Cornell and peer institutions working to democratize academic research.” Visit polici.org to sign up for their weekly newsletter.
Dana is a PAM sophomore minoring in Human Development and Law & Society. She serves as the Vice President of Operations for Cornell Votes, a nonpartisan initiative to help students vote and be civically engaged by institutionalizing voting at Cornell. She serves as Organizational Chair for the Translator-Interpreter Program and as a Council Member on the PAM Student Advisory Council. She also works as a research assistant for Professor Tamar Kushnir's Early Childhood Cognition Lab.
"I came into Cornell already thrilled with my major because of its unique, multidisciplinary approach to studying policy. After only a short time on campus, I was only more confident that I had made a good pick; all of my classes were engaging and addressed issues of the day. There was never a moment when I questioned why I was learning about a particular topic because the professors always related their lectures back to real-world applications. As a PAM student, you are almost immediately aware of how powerful your education can in a variety of fields. Even though I am interested in pursuing a career in law and government, my peers have different interests and career goals--and PAM has the curriculum for all of us! I am excited to further my PAM education and go out into the world ready to make a difference with it."
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."
Aiyana is a PAM junior with minors in Business and Demography, Head TA for PAM 2300, and member of Kappa Omicron Nu, PAM Undergraduate Advisory Council member, and Human Ecology Ambassadors. She also participated in the Summer 2019 “Cornell in Turin” abroad program (where this photo was taken!).
“While I was applying to the College, I received the advice that Cornell is a place with many doors, and once you do the knocking, endless opportunities will reveal themselves. This is completely accurate for PAM. PAM shows students just how much is possible within the policy sphere; class options range from Population Health to the Economics of Crime with professors who are true experts in their fields. The community is welcoming and inclusive. Some of my closest friends at Cornell are in my major, and I cannot imagine college without them. After my freshman fall semester, I transitioned from a PAM 2300 student to a PAM 2300 TA, and I am now Head TA for the class, which is just one example of the incredible leadership opportunities available in the PAM department. I cannot advocate enough for the benefits of the PAM department and major; I am so appreciative of the program's impact on my academic and personal development.”
Erin is a PAM PhD student whose research interests include: policy, criminal justice, inequality, race and ethnicity, health disparities, community-based inquiry, demography.
“This summer I’ve been working as a research assistant with the COVID Prison Project. The CPP is a group of interdisciplinary public health scientists working to create a public-facing database to provide up to date data on the state of COVID-19 within Correctional Facilities in the United States. We collect and analyze data on testings, mortality, and cases of COVID-19 in state prison systems, the federal BOP, and in the ICE detention system. I have also been working with Dr. Frank Edwards, a former Post-Doctoral Associate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and current Assistant Professor at Rutgers, on a research project estimating the risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by race/ethnicity and disability status and type.”
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."
Taryn is a senior PAM major with a Business minor and is a PAM 2300 TA.
"When applying to Cornell, I knew I was interested in both economics and government, so PAM was such a perfect intersection between the two. I love that PAM is an interdisciplinary major that equips students with a unique skill set to solve real-world policy problems. I have been a Teaching Assistant for Professor Rosemary Avery's course PAM 2300: Introduction to Policy Analysis since my freshman spring semester. Being a part of the Human Ecology honor society Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) has strengthened my sense of community within the college at large. I'm also a member of the Society for Women in Business, which has enabled me to explore my business-oriented interests and grow my professional network. I will be pursuing a career in finance after graduation and am excited to apply the knowledge and experiences I've gained from my PAM degree."
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."
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.”
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."