2020 Outstanding Seniors

These graduating students were selected by the department as Outstanding PAM Seniors because of their exceptional academic performance, recognition of their character and achievements both on and off campus; their demonstrated leadership, and contributions they have made to the department and campus community during their time with us. We congratulate all of them for their accomplishments and wish them well in their future careers.

Zayan Ahmed

Zayan Ahmed matriculated from Half Hollow Hills High School East.  During his time as a PAM major, Zayan served as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300 Introduction to Policy Analysis.  He was also a member of the Cornell Hedge Fund Club, Cornell Strategic Consulting, Apex Capital, Phi Kapp Tau Fraternity, and the Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity.  While serving Phi Gamma Nu, Zayan assisted with new member education, recruitment efforts, and helped several members with interview preparation. Off campus Zayan gave back to the broader Ithaca community through his volunteer work at local food banks and the YMCA.  Zayan’s interests include wrestling, nutritional science, kinesiology studies, piano, and listening to film scores. In July, Zayan will begin a position at Morgan Stanley as an Incoming Wealth Management Analyst. Zayan would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for making a lasting impact during his time in PAM. 

 Awards: Dean’s List, Graduated with Distinction (December 2019)

Caitlin Bowen

Caitlin Bowen matriculated from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California.  During her time at Cornell, Caitlin was the Panhellenic Delegate and President of Kappa Delta Sorority, a Teaching Assistant for PAM 4280, and volunteered for Upward Bound at the Cornell Public Service Center.  Caitlin also served as a member of the Student Health Benefits Advisory Committee and the Student Assembly Academic Policy Committee. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys playing Sudoku, listening to podcasts, cooking, volunteering, and walking her dog. After graduation, Caitlin will join Mather Economics as an Associate Consultant in Atlanta, Georgia.  In the future she hopes to further her education with a graduate degree in either Economics or Public Administration. Caitlin would like to thank PAM faculty John Cawley and Julie Carmalt for making a lasting impact during her time in PAM. 

Awards: Dean’s List

Aerin Brown

Aerin Brown matriculated from Scarsdale High School in Westchester, New York. In addition to her studies as a Policy Analysis and Management major, Aerin completed minors in Business and Law and Society. As a PAM major, Aerin worked as a Lab Manager for the Pharmaceutical Advertising and Databases Undergraduate Research Lab under the direction of Professor Rosemary Avery. Aerin researched the impacts of regulation on advertising aimed at children and helped train new research assistants. During her time at Cornell, Aerin served as a Project Manager and Summer Fellow for TAMID Group. She was also a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Aerin’s hobbies and interests include hiking, travelling, politics, and trying new restaurants. After graduation, Aerin will be working as an Analyst for Cornerstone Research in New York City.

Awards: Dean’s List (All Semesters)

Richard Campo

Richard Campo matriculated from Williamsville East High School.  During his time at Cornell, Richard served as the President of Cornell Libertarians.  Richard was also a member of the Cornell Political Union, and Cornell Hunger Relief, a student group developed to combat local food insecurities.   During his free time, Richard enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, and skiing. Richard would like to recognize Professor Rick Geddes, as his most influential PAM Professor.

Awards: Dean’s List (All Semesters)

Patricia De Pauw

Patricia De Pauw matriculated from Wellington College in England.  During her time at Cornell, Patricia was the Risk Manager and Vice President of Kappa Alpha Theta.  She served as an Analyst for the Cornell Consulting Group, participated in the French Society, and was also a member of the Cornell Running Club. Her interests include sustainability, cooking, and hiking.  After graduation, Patricia will begin a master’s program in Sustainability Management at Columbia University. 

Awards: Dean’s List

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Peter Ernst matriculated form Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California. Throughout his time in PAM, Peter was a Research Assistant for Professor Rosemary Avery’s Pharmaceutical Advertising and Databases Lab (PhADs), for which he conducted research on the effects of soda advertising on health outcomes, and racial disparities in advertisement targeting. More recently, Peter supported his research team a PhADs Lab Manager. He also served as the Secretary and as an Executive Board member for Sigma Phi Society.  In his free time, Peter enjoyed playing with the Cornell Club Basketball Team, exploring Ithaca, and reading historical biographies. Next fall he plans to attend Harvard Law School. Peter would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for her lasting impact on his undergraduate education.     

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), Graduated with Distinction (December 2019)

Murray Fallk

Murray Fallk matriculated from Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.  During Murray’s freshman year at Cornell he was elected as a Residential Student Congress Representative for Clara Dickson Hall.  Throughout his time at Cornell, Murray played the saxophone with the Cornell Big Red Marching Band, was a brother in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, served as a peer-facilitator for Cornell Reflect, and played intramural basketball.  Murray served as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2101 Statistics for Policy Analysis and Management Majors, DEA 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology, and BIOEE 1540 Introductory Oceanography. During his spring 2019 semester in the Cornell in Washington program, Murray was a Politics and Public Opinion Intern at the American Enterprise Institute, a D.C. based public policy think tank.  He also worked as an Intern with U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania and with the Law Library of Congress. As a member of the PAM Honors Program, Murray conducted a study on the impact of governmental climate change assessments on public opinion in the United States. In his free time, Murray enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends, traveling and cheering on the Philadelphia Phillies, 76ers, Flyers, and Eagles!  After graduation, Murray will attend graduate school to prepare him for a career in environmental law or a related policy field. Murray would like to thank Instructor Brandon Tripp for his mentorship and lasting educational impact.  

Awards: Dean’s List

Miara Handler

Miara Handler matriculated from Evanston Township High School, in Evanston, Illinois. During her time at Cornell, Miara worked in the Human Ecology Office of Admissions, Career and Student Development. She was a member of POLIS, a pre-government fraternity, and Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity.  Miara also worked on the Prison Reform and Education Project, and served as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. In addition to her studies in PAM, Miara completed the Global Health Minor and the Law and Society Minor. Her hobbies and interests include politics, news, podcasts, and vegan cooking.  After graduation she will begin work at MasterCard Data and Services as an Associate Consultant. She would like to recognize Senior Lecturer Tom Evans as her most influential PAM faculty member. 

Awards: Dean’s List (Spring 2017-Fall 2019)

Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz matriculated from Suffern High School. During her time at Cornell, Rachel served as the Project Manager of TAMID, a student-run consulting firm.  She was the VP Philanthropy of Ivy Council, a student government that acts across the Ivy League Universities. As a team leader for Hillel Orientation, she led a group of one hundred freshmen in activities aimed towards easing the transition to college. She worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Jay Russo in the Johnson College of Business.  As part of her assistantship, she wrote a thesis on how the decision-making process can be optimized. She was a member of the Alpa Epsilon Phi Sorority, Big Red Ambassadors, and the Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, ballet, hiking, and enjoying the “gorgeous outdoors of Ithaca.” After graduation Rachel will be joining Deloitte as a Business Analyst in their Strategy and Operations Practices. She would like to recognize Lecturer Brandon Tripp as her most influential PAM faculty member. 

Awards: Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Dean’s List

Michael Wenye Li

Michael Wenye Li, matriculated from Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. During his time at Cornell, Michael served as a project manager and communications director for Social Business Consulting, a student-led pro-bono consulting organization that helps non-profits and social enterprises around the world scale their impacts. Michael had also served as an associate manager for The Cornell Policy Review and a research assistant for Dr. Eswar Prasad at the Dyson School. In his junior year, Michael participated in the Cornell In Washington program, interning part time at the Brookings Institution. Michael is an avid photographer. At Cornell, he served as the Photography Editor for The Cornell Daily Sun and The Cornellian, the university’s yearbook.

Emily Lin

Emily Lin matriculated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California. During her time at Cornell, Emily was the President of Forté Campus at Cornell, a women’s professional business organization, and a Co-Teacher for Splash, where she taught middle and high school students about the criminal justice system. Emily was also a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2101 Introductory Statistics and HADM 2230 Financial Accounting, a Research Assistant for Professor Peter Rich, a Photographer for the Cornellian Yearbook, and a member of Phi Gamma Nu, a professional business fraternity. During her senior spring, she studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, diving into the field of economics and international relations. In her free time, Emily enjoys mountain hiking, reading dystopian novels, photographing her world travels, and golfing. After graduation, she will begin as an Analyst at Cornerstone Research, where she will provide economic consulting in New York City. In the future, she hopes to continue onto graduate school. Emily would like to thank Professor Peter Rich for his mentorship throughout her undergraduate career. 

Awards: Dean’s List, Second Place Cornell Institute of Healthy Futures (CIHF) 2018 Photography Competition

Corey Nessim

Corey Nessim matriculated from Syosset High School.  During his time at Cornell, Corey was a Project Manager and Senior Advisor for Cornell Strategic Consulting.  He also worked as a notetaker for Student Disability Services, participated in the Cornell Mundial Club Soccer, and was a member of the Sigma Phi Society.  Corey served the PAM department as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2030, Population and Public Policy, and for PAM 3780 Sick Around the World? Comparing Health Care Systems.  In spring 2019, Corey studied Middle Eastern Relations while abroad in Israel. Later this year, Corey will join ZS Healthcare Consulting as an Incoming Strategy and Planning Associate.  He would like to recognize Professor Nicolas Ziebarth as his most influential PAM faculty member.  

Awards: Dean’s list (all semesters), Graduated with High Distinction (December 2019)

Dominique Turner

Dominique Turner matriculated from the National Cathedral School for Girls. During her time at Cornell, Dominique was the Honor Board Member at Large for Cornell Delta Gamma Chi Chapter, and the VP Recruitment and VP Marketing for Cornell Marketing.  She was also a member of Pi Lambda Sigma (POLIS), a political government fraternity on campus. As a Human Ecology Ambassador, Dominique helped prospective students learn more about the PAM major and the College of Human Ecology. Dominique is a self-acclaimed “Politics/Political Junkie,” who enjoys continually learning about global and domestic politics.  She also enjoys reading, movies, pop culture and media, music, crime podcasts and Broadway musicals. After graduation Dominique will begin an Associate position at Abernathy MacGregor, a strategic communications consulting firm for financial institutions. Dominique would like to thank Senior Lecturer Tom Evans for his mentorship and emphasize that she is “glad [she] found the perfect major and academic setting to spend [her] four years at Cornell.  [She has] made the closest friends within PAM and have met the smartest, funniest, and most welcoming professors, [she] wouldn't have it any other way.” 

Awards: Dean’s List, Cornell Club of Washington Academic Scholarship

Elyse Winer

Elyse Winer matriculated from Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey.  During her time in Policy Analysis and Management, Elyse was a Head Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis.  As the Founder and Chair of Changemaker Chats Cornell, Elyse provided students the opportunity to converse with successful women in leading companies and organizations across a number of fields. Elyse also volunteered at the Cornell Farmer’s Market, was a member in the Society for Women in Business, and served as a Business Analyst for Cornell Strategic Consulting.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, cooking and drawing. Elyse would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for serving as a mentor throughout her undergraduate years. Elyse shares “I could not imagine my undergraduate Cornell experience without [Professor Avery’s] guidance.”

Awards: Dean’s List (Six Semesters), Graduated with High Distinction (Fall 2019). 

Jeffrey Xia

Jeffrey Xia matriculated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. While studying at Cornell, Jeffrey engaged heavily with entrepreneurship, teaching, and law. As a project manager in Cornell Strategic Consulting, he led analysts in working with various early-stage companies/startups. He later co-founded his own startup, where he led a team of developers in creating a portfolio of successful Amazon Alexa skills. Jeffrey also invested his time into teaching opportunities. After joining E-learning company OneClass in 2016, Jeffrey worked with students across North America and pioneered numerous exam preparation programs. He additionally served as an SAT instructor with Kaplan Test Prep. Jeffrey especially enjoyed serving as a teaching assistant for PAM 2300 Introduction to Policy Analysis under the direction of Professor Rosemary Avery. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, working out, and Netflix partying with friends. Jeffrey ultimately hopes to pursue a career in law; after spending a summer interning at Jones Robb PLLC, taking a course in Intellectual Property Law, and working closely with startups and creators, he has developed a strong interest in IP litigation. Jeffrey graduated in December of 2019 with High Distinction and will be pursuing his legal education at either Stanford or Harvard Law School beginning in the Fall of 2020.

Awards: Dean's List (Spring 2017 - Fall 2019), graduated with High Distinction in Fall 2019