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.
Monis Ahsan, son of Maria Karimi and Pervez Ahsan, matriculated from Goshen High School. During his time at Cornell, Monis worked as a lab manager in the department of Human Development, as a Teaching Assistant in the Physics Department, and as a Student Assistant in the College of Veterinary Sciences Library. Monis served on the E-Board for Cornell’s Pakistani Student Association, and completed an Urban Semester, in which he shadowed current health professionals in the field. Monis was also a member of intramural Basketball, intramural volleyball, and of Alpha Lambda Mu. In his free time, Monis enjoys ping pong, basketball, tennis, traveling, football, bubble tea, working out, and video games such as Fortnight, Super-smash and COD. After graduation, Monis will be begin Medical School, with plans to complete his MD/MPH dual degree in 2023.
Awards: Dean’s List
Hailey Eslin Brace
Hailey Eslin Brace, matriculated from Chenango Forks High School. During her time at Cornell, Hailey served as the Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She also participated in the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Club, and volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. As a member of the PAM Honors Program, Hailey developed a thesis on the effect of government funding for graduate medical education on healthcare provision. In addition to her research conducted at Cornell, Hailey conducted research through summer internships at MIT in 2017 and Columbia in 2018. In her free time, Hailey enjoys listening to podcasts and wine tasting. After graduation, Hailey will begin a position as a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.
Awards: Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Elsie Van Buren Rice Award in Public Speaking, Dean’s List (all semesters)
Jenny Chan matriculated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, New York. During her senior year, Jenny served as the Vice President and Philanthropy Chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON), National Honor Society. In her role as Editor of the Disability Studies Journal, Jenny oversaw publications submitted by undergraduate students. She also worked as an Undergraduate Researcher at AguaClara, where she worked to secure donor and investor funding for sustainable municipal-scale water treatment systems in resource poor communities in Honduras and India. In 2018, Jenny was a 2Gen Scholar at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, for which she helped coordinate a legislative briefing event in Albany. In 2017, Jenny completed a High Road Fellowship through the ILR School at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. During this fellowship she worked on policy development and advocacy related to childhood lead poisoning. Jenny also volunteered her time in the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department, and as a mentor for Forté Campus at Cornell. In her free time, Jenny enjoys writing, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, Jenny will be pursuing a graduate degree at the Jefferson College of Life Sciences.
Dana Coren matriculated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colorado. During her time at Cornell she has served as the Policy Director and Executive Director of the Student Union, as well as captain of the Women's Clube Soccer team. She has had the opportunity to participate in College Mentors for Kids, Cornell Hillel, Society for Women in Politics, the Center for Jewish Living and Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Dana is also proud to have served as a research assistant to Professor Sharon Sassler investigating existing literature on the distribution of labor in the household. In her free time, Dana enjoys sleeping, snowboarding, and showing off her PAM key chain. After graduation she will move to her favorite city, Washington DC, to work as an economic consultant at Bates White. Dana hopes to eventually attend law school, so that she can follow her passion for bank regulation as an attorney for the SEC.
Shailen Doshi matriculated from the Moorestown Friends School. During his time at Cornell, Shailen served as the Vice President of Data Analysis for Cayuga’s Watchers, the Vice President of Programming for College Mentors for Kids, and on the Executive Board of Fraternity. He was a member of Club Baseball and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Shailen also worked as a Research Assistant in Prof. Avery's Pharmaceutical Advertising Databases (PhAD) lab. In his free time, Shailen volunteered as a mentor for local elementary students. His hobbies include hiking, community service, and enjoying sports such as basketball, baseball and football. After graduation Shailen will work as a Consultant at Accenture Strategy.
Awards: Dean’s List
Elana Egri-Thomas matriculated from the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. In addition to her studies as a Policy Analysis and Management Major, Elana has also completed minors in Law and Society, and East Asian Studies. While at Cornell, Elana served as the Secretary for the Rise Dance Group, and as the Vice President of Standards for the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is a member of Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) National Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In spring of her junior year, Elana interned at Mayer Brown JSM while studying abroad in Hong Kong. In the summer of 2018 she worked as the Capital Planning and Management Intern at the New York City School Construction Authority. In her free time Elana enjoys hiking, dancing and traveling. After graduation Elana will work as a Data Privacy Associate at Ankura Consulting.
Awards: Dean’s List
Molly Frommer matriculated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. In addition to her major in Policy Analysis and Management, Molly completed minors in Global Health, Business, and Nutrition and Health. Molly was a Human Ecology Ambassador, a Research Assistant in Cornell’s Community-Engaged Nutrition Intervention Research Group, a Teaching Assistant for NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition, and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) National Honor Society. During her senior year Molly served as the President of the Cornell Club Gymnastics Team, which she joined during her freshman year. In her free time Molly enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation Molly hopes to pursue a career working in health policy.
Awards: Dean’s List (All Semesters)
Sarah Fox matriculated from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in Plainview, New York. During her time at Cornell, Sarah was an active member of The Roosevelt Institute, Cornell’s Society of Women in Business, Cornell Hillel, the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, and the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. She served as a Teaching Assistant for Statistics for PAM Majors as well as a Research Assistant for Professor Douglas Miller. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree in Policy Analysis and Management, Sarah was accepted into the 5-Year Accelerated BS/MBA Program. In the SC Johnson College of Business, Sarah is involved with the Big Red Venture Fund, High Tech Club, and Healthcare Club, as well as serving as a Finance Teaching Assistant in the upcoming semester. Next year Sarah will continue her studies in the SC Johnson College of Business, completing her Master in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the digital health and startup space.
Awards: Dean’s List
Janice Jhang matriculated from North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. At Cornell, she was a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar for all four years and a Tanner Dean’s Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences before transferring into the College of Human Ecology. Janice co-founded the Cornell Global Medical Missions Alliance, helped lead two medical service trips to Honduras, and served as the chapter president in her senior year. She also served on the College of Human Ecology Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council on the Alumni Affairs Committee, worked as a Statistical Helpdesk Consultant for the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, and participated in the First Year Leadership Initiative from the Cornell Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union. During her summers, Janice explored a career in healthcare through the Urban Semester Summer Program in New York City and worked as a Refugee Health Intern at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, skiing the Northeast, and reading nonfiction books. Upon graduation, Janice will be working in Boston as an Associate in IQVIA’s US Market Access Strategy Consulting Division.
Awards: Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar, Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s List
Eric (Jae Hyun) Kim
Eric (Jae Hyun) Kim matriculated from the Sunny Hills High School in Orange County, California. During his time at Cornell, Eric served as the Treasurer for Lambdas Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the Finance Chair for Sustainable Business Alliance, and a Tech Sector Analyst for Apex Capital Fund. He was also the Teaching Assistant for HADM 2230, Financial Accounting Principles and AEM 1200, Introduction to Business Management. Additionally, Eric conducted research with Professor Sharon Tennyson concerning the impact of natural disasters on the Reinsurance industry. In his spare time, Eric enjoys all racket sports, cycling, reading, politics, soccer, and watching movies. After graduation, Eric will work as an M&A Consultant at Ernst & Young's Transactional Advisory Services Practice.
Awards: Dean's List
Nathan Lee was homeschooled in Billerica, Massachusetts until his high school graduation in 2015. During his time at Cornell, Nathan was an active member of the Kappa Omnicron Nu National Honors Society. Nathan also served as the President of the Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, the largest student-run investment fund on campus, and as President and Treasurer of the Chai Notes, a co-ed a cappella group that performed for former President Barack Obama. Nathan was also a Research Assistant in Prof. Avery's Pharmaceutical Advertising Databases (PhAD) lab, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Equity Research and Investment Analysis under Prof. Scott Stewart. In his free time, Nathan enjoys skiing, playing guitar, reading classic novels, and trying new restaurants in Ithaca with his friends. Most recently, Nathan interned as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Guggenheim Partners, and he will be joining the firm as an Investment Banking Analyst after graduation.
Awards: Merrill Presidential Scholar, 1st Place Elsie Van Buren Rice Speaking Competition, Dean's List (All Semesters), Graduated with High Distinction (Winter 2018)
Lamont Paine matriculated from Morgantown High School. During his senior year, Lamont was the President of the Cornell Health Advocacy Topics (CHAT) Student Organization, for which he also served as the Treasurer during his junior year. CHAT is a program, which strives to help patients develop self-advocacy strategies and improve personal healthcare management. As a PAM student, Lamont also worked as a Research Assistant under direction of Professor Matthew Hall, and as a Teaching Assistant for Introductory Statistics for Policy Analysis and Management Majors. He was a member of Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, for which he served on the Community Service Committee. After graduation Lamont will begin work at BNY Mellon as part of their Operations Analyst Program.
Awards: Dean's List
Tessa Putcha matriculated from Half Hollows Hills High School West in Dix Hills, New York. At Cornell Tessa was a member of the Student Assembly’s Elections and Communications Committees, the Society of Women in Law, the Alpha Phi Sorority, the Pre-Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and the volleyball and soccer intramural teams. In the College of Human Ecology, Tessa was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, and served as the Chair of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council Research Committee. In the PAM department, Tessa was a Research Assistant for the Pharmaceutical Health and Advertising Research Lab under direction of Professor Rosemary Avery. Tessa also worked as the Student Administrative Assistant for the Department of Communications at Albert R. Mann Library. She is a certified lifeguard with trainings in AED and CPR. Tessa’s hobbies and interests include drawing, reading, politics, water-skiing, and bikram, barkan, and vinyasa hot yoga. After graduation Tessa will work as a Paralegal Assistant at DLA Piper in New York City, before continuing her education in Law School.
Awards: Dean’s List
Annie Ripp matriculated from the Governor’s Academy. Annie was a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society, and Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society. Annie was also a member of several student organizations. She participated in Globe Med, a student run non-profit that seeks to improve healthcare for developing countries. She was a member of Smart Woman Securities, an organization created to help undergraduate women further develop finance and investment skills. She also belonged to Cornell’s Society for Women in Business (SWIB), which aims to connect undergraduate women with professionals in the business industry. In her free time, Annie enjoys running, practicing yoga, and reading. After graduation, Annie will move to Boston to work at a biotech consulting firm.
Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)
Emmett Tabor matriculated from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. During his time in Policy Analysis and Management, Emmett worked as a Lab Manager for the Pharmaceutical Advertising Undergraduate Research Lab under direction of Professor Rosemary Avery, which included training new research assistants in data analysis techniques and research presentation methods. Emmett was also a member of Cornell Club Baseball, the Chi Phi Fraternity, and served on the Student Assembly Health and Wellness Committee. Outside of class, Emmett enjoyed spending time hiking gorges and playing guitar in his band "SJ." After graduation, Emmett will be working as a Research Analyst for Analysis Group in Boston, MA.
Awards: Dean’s List
Sonya Tao matriculated from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. Sonya served as the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Woman Securities, an organization created to help undergraduate women learn more about investing and finance. She was also the Finance Director and Vice Business Lead of Cornell Design & Tech Initiative, and a Research Assistant for the WesCo Media Project, which studied the relationship between healthcare and political advertisements. In summer of 2017, Sonya interned at Boeing, where she worked in real estate. During her spring 2018 in-absentia semester, Sonya worked on Supply Chain Technology at Johnson & Johnson. Sonya also participated in Cornell’s student wind symphony, CUWinds. Sonya enjoys cooking, traveling, jam sessions, and is a big fan of Costco. After graduation, Sonya will join Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Business Analyst.
Awards: Dean’s List
Jessica Tyler matriculated from Aspen High School in Aspen, Colorado. During her time at Cornell, Jessica served as the Director of Membership and Recruitment for the Society for Women in Politics, and as the Chapter Marshal for Kappa Kappa Gamma. Jessica was also a member of the Cornell Women’s Club Ice Hockey team, a DJ for CornellRadio.com, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis and Management, under the direction of Professor Rosemary Avery. During the summer of 2017 Jessica interned for Senator Michael Bennet in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Jessica is an avid volunteer. While at Cornell, Jessica volunteered as a Mentor at Boyton Middle School; at the Cornell Food Recovery Network, a project aimed to reduce dining hall waste by donating to local food pantries; at Cornell’s Camp Kesem, a national program that supports children whose parents are struggling with cancer; and at Expanding Your Horizons, a conference for 7th through 9th grade girls aimed to foster interest in science related careers. Jessica enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, exploring, politics, and trying new restaurants. After graduation, Jessica plans to either attend Law School or begin work as a Commercial and Transactional Legal Assistant for WeWork.
Awards: Cornell Tradition Fellow, Dean's List
Allie Zambito matriculated from Elba Central School. As a PAM student, Allie served as the Head Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis and Management, under the direction of Professor Rosemary Avery. During her time at Cornell, Allie was also a member of several student organizations. She was a part of the TASC Test Tutors Club, which helps local men and women prepare for their high school equivalency examination (TASC). Allie worked on the CCE Rust to Green Project, which promotes sustainable community development. She also served on the E-board of Cornell Yours, a program in which Cornell students mentor local children to help foster leadership and develop important skills to live a healthy life. In her free time, Allie enjoys skiing, cooking, and trying new restaurants. After graduation, Allie plans to join Teach for America.