2021 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.

Tiffany Brazer

Tiffany Brazer matriculated from Western High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she was philanthropy chairman of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Treasurer of the Cornell-Hedge Fund, Teaching Assistant for Statistics, and a policy research leader throughout several PAM classes. She was involved in the Cornell Hedge Fund as commodity analyst and treasurer, Cornell Food Recovery Network, Kappa Kappa Gamma, organized fundraisers to support Reading is Fundamental, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and volunteered with The Cornell Food Pantry. Tiffany also won a PNC firm-wide case competition among 450+ interns (where she developed a product that aimed to improve experiences and product offerings for students to become financially-savvy adults). Her hobbies include sustainability, practicing Vinyasa and Bikram yoga, mindfulness meditation, hiking, weight-training, and exploring Buddhism and Eastern philosophies. Starting in August she will be entering the private markets investment industry full-time as a financial analyst. Tiffany would like to thank Professors Nicolas Ziebarth, Tom Evans, Alan Mathios, and Brandon Tripp– each of whom provided wonderful insights that will stay with her through the next stages of her journey as a Cornell alum. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), Top student in PAM 3780: Policy Analysis & Management - Comparative Healthcare Spring 2020, Graduated with High Distinction (December 2020).

 

Julie Cotton

Julie Cotton matriculated from Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she served as the Editor-in-chief of Ezra’s Archives, a writing tutor with the Cornell Writing Center, a Student Ambassador for the College of Human Ecology, a member of Kappa Omicron Nu (HumEc honor society), and a research assistant. Julie also served as a TA for PAM 2250 and PAM 4280, participated in Cornell in Washington, and interned at Arnold & Porter LLP and the Government Accountability Office. In her free time, Julie enjoys photography, reading, and finding new restaurants. After graduation, she will start as a Conflicts Analyst at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City, and eventually plans on attending law school. She would like to thank Professor Sharon Sassler for her mentorship and lasting educational impact.

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)

 

Sophia Danziger

Sophia Danziger matriculated from Mamaroneck High School, in Westchester, New York. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she was a 4-year TA for PAM 2300: Introduction to Policy Analysis under the direction of Professor Rosemary Avery, Co-Founded and was a TA for PAM 1050: PAM Career Explorations (a course designed to provide opportunities for interaction with alumni and career networking), and served as Co-President of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council (DUAC), a student advisory group to Dean Dunifon, focused on aiding in the College’s mission and priorities. She served as a key leader in many DUAC initiatives, including the “What I Wish I Knew” event for freshman and transfer students as well as “Just Juniors'', an annual career networking event with members of the Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA) board. Sophia also was an active member of HE Ambassadors focused on assisting Bernadette Soto Parr, Associate Director of Admissions, in her work with prospective students and their families by providing a student voice in the admissions process. Beyond the College, she served as Vice President for TAMID Group, a national program offering hands-on experience with Israeli businesses. Her involvement allowed her to live and work in Tel Aviv as an intern for a blockchain startup during her summer after freshman year. That summer abroad inspired her to join Cornell Blockchain and serve as a core planning member of the first Spring 2019 conference at the Cornell Tech campus in NYC. Sophia is a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Ithaca Farmers’ Market and other farm-to-table eateries, visiting local falls and vineyards, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends. Her passion for travel inspired her to study abroad in Singapore spring semester of junior year in an exchange program with PAM. After graduation, Sophia will be working in New York City as a Sales and Trading Analyst for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), specifically focused on high yield/distressed debt.  Sophia would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery and Professor Sharon Sassler, the two professors she was a TA for, as they both always guided and supported her endeavors, pushing her to be a better version of herself. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), Scott Maynes’ Award for Academic Achievement within the PAM department, Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society member

Tommy Gergely

Tommy Gergely matriculated from Denver Jewish Day School in Denver, Colorado. During his time at Cornell, as a PAM major, he served as a Research Assistant for the PhADs laboratory, a TA for PAM 4280: Economics of Risky Health Behaviors and PAM 4101: Empirical Research Methods, was a College of Human Ecology Ambassador, and a Board Member on University Hearing and Review Board. He also was a Club Swim member and served as the president during the 2019-2020 school year. In his free time, Tommy enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing tennis. After graduation, Tommy will pursue his legal education at Harvard Law School. He would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for the invaluable experience the three-and-a-half years working in the PhADs lab gave him, along with all of her continued guidance. Lastly, he would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support over the years.

Awards: Dean’s List

Isabella Harnick

Isabella Harnick matriculated from Great Neck South High School. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she served as Co-President of Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, Center Director of the Healthcare Center at the Roosevelt Institute,  Human Ecology Ambassador,  TAMID Project Manager, was a TA for PAM 2030, 1050, and 5520 and, co-inspired Humecathon. She is currently volunteering for Umuco Love, a non-profit organization that focuses its efforts on bringing cultural understanding among people from all backgrounds using storytelling as a tool. In her free time, Isabella loves exploring upstate New York! As an accelerated BS/MHA student in Cornell University’s Sloan Program in Healthcare Administration, Isabella will continue with her final year in the Sloan MHA program upon graduating. She is dedicated to thinking of innovative solutions to improve the U.S. healthcare system and is excited about the opportunity to make positive change through participating in the Administrative Internship Program (AIP) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida this summer. She would like to recognize Professor Sharon Sassler as her most influential PAM faculty member. Isabella shared, “Professor Sharon Sassler is the kind of professor who not only gives you the room to think critically on your own, but also the support to push your ideas further and make them a reality. I am so thankful for her support and guidance throughout my four years at Cornell.”

Awards: Merrill Presidential Scholar, SUNY Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, Abbvie Immunology Scholarship, was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society, was a Tylenol Scholarship Finalist, Cleveland Clinic Case Competition Semi-Finalist, and was on the  Dean’s Honors List (all semesters).

Emma Jelliffe

Emma Jelliffe matriculated from Westhill High School, in Stamford Connecticut. During her time at Cornell, as a Health Care Policy (HCP) major, she served as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 4280: The Economics of Risky Health Behavior, and was a Research Assistant for Professor Nicolas Ziebarth, focusing on health and economic impacts of paid sick leave. In addition to her studies as a Health Care Policy major, Emma completed minors in Spanish and Inequality Studies. She also was a Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, Captain of the Cornell Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, Outdoor Odyssey Backpacking Guide, a member of the Cornell University Sustainable Design team, and volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center with the Patient Care Advocacy Team. In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking and backpacking (with her dogs!), reading, amateur painting, and yoga. After graduation, Emma will be starting as an Incoming Associate of Finance and Operations for the Brooklyn Region of Northwell Health. She would like to thank Professor Brandon Tripp, for his support as she transferred into the Health Care Policy major and for being an irreplaceable resource ever since. Emma shared, “Thank you for always keeping your door open!”.

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters) and Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society

 

Brie Lawson

Brie Lawson matriculated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. During her time at Cornell, she served as a Human Ecology ambassador, was a member of the Greek Culture Change Coalition, a member of Cornell Strategic Consulting, a member of Cornell Hedge Fund, was a TA for PAM 2101: Statistics for PAM, served as a Student Data Assistant for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and was a PAM Student Peer Mentor. In her free time, she loves to read, spend time outside, and go to the beach. After graduation, Brie will start as an Investment Banking Analyst at Societe Generale in NY, in their Leverage Buyout division. She would like to recognize Professor Tom Evans and Professor Richard Geddes as her two most influential PAM faculty members. 

Awards:  Deans List (all semesters); Zetta Kenfield Sprole Scholarship Award (for Delta Gamma sorority)

Martina Lopez May

Martina Lopez May matriculated from Greenwich High School. During her time at Cornell, as a HCP major, she served as the President of PhiDE, Philanthropy and Service Chair for PhiDE, Activities and Outreach Coordinator of Ballet and Books, and was a Health Care Policy Peer Mentor. Martina also volunteered at the Southern Tier Aids Program, served as a researcher at the Kawate Biophysics Lab at the Vet School, was an Organic Chemistry Tutor, completed her undergraduate thesis on the disparities and inequalities in healthcare use during COVID, and virtually tutored kids from her hometown who used her town’s social work services during the pandemic. In her free time, she enjoys running and cooking. After graduating she will be starting at Mt. Sinai working on their COVID patient registry while she applies to medical school. Martina would like to thank Sean Nicholson for his lasting impact on her undergraduate career. She shared, “His class on the US Healthcare system led me to change my major into HCP. He was then my thesis mentor and helped me tackle the challenges with the research I was conducting.”

Awards: Honors, Dean’s List (all semesters)

Bb Ojo

Bb Ojo matriculated from Valley Stream Central High School. In addition to his studies as a Policy Analysis and Management major, Bb completed minors in Business and Law and Society. He was a member of Cornell Political Union, Mortar Board Der Hexenkreis Honor Society, and Cru Cornell: Campus Ministry. Throughout his time at Cornell, Bb served as the philanthropy chairperson for the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, as well as an Undergraduate Advisory Council Member and Undergraduate Representative on the PAM’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Bb’s hobbies and interests include cooking, working out, traveling, and trying new restaurants. Bb would like to thank Professor Sassler and Professor Carmalt for serving as mentors throughout his undergraduate years and post-grad life. Bb shares “I would not be where I am today without their support and guidance.”

Awards: Dean’s List

Basirat Owe

Basirat Owe matriculated from the International Academy East located in Troy, Michigan. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she was involved with Black Students United where she served as the Political Action Chair (2018-19), Co-Chair (2019-20), and is currently the President Emeritus (2020-21). She served as the Lead Organizer for the Cornell Students 4 Black Lives Summer 2020 fundraiser of $118K towards racial justice; this year, she transitioned into the VP of Communication for the student group of the same name. Basirat also served as the Corresponding Secretary for the Magnificent Mu Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. along with being the Publicity Chair for the Wanawake Wa Wari Cooperative. Within the College of Human Ecology, she was a TA for PAM 2250: Social Problems in the U.S. and was a Career Assistant in the CHE Career Exploration Center. Beyond this, she also was involved with the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Coalition, VP Lombardi's Undergraduate Student Leadership Council, and the Social Enterprise Group at Cornell. 

Basirat identifies as a huge yogi and music enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys making playlists curated by mood, and also creating visual art. After graduation, she will start as a Business Insights Leadership Development (BUILD) Fellow at McKinsey & Co. in Waltham, MA. She would like to recognize Senior Lecturer Tom Evans as her most influential PAM faculty member. Basirat shared, “He solidified my ability to challenge and be challenged in debate. I sincerely appreciated how his classes were filled with life advice – the best of which to not make a big decision on the worst days – because it made me more resilient to challenges I faced in undergrad.”

Awards: Awards: C4BL – 2021 Perkins Prize, BSU – 2019 Perkins Prize, Dean’s List (Fall 2017, Fall 2019).

Sarah Park

Sarah Park matriculated from Lexington High School located in Massachusetts. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she was heavily involved with a student-run social fashion enterprise called Tiptoe, and as the Director of Business Development where she worked to help build the organization and bring attention to various social causes. She also served as the Event Coordinator for Debunk/Liberty in North Korea where she worked with club members to host a conference on-campus with two prominent North Korean defectors. Sarah also was the Economy Sector Leader for Cornell Current, a current events and industry trends thinktank, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Financial Accounting. Throughout her time in PAM, Sarah also completed multiple summer internships working for the Massachusetts State Government, State Street Bank, and Bank of America. In her free time, she loves cooking and making Italian Desserts like Crème Brulee and Tiramisu, exploring new restaurants, spending time outside, and going on nature walks. She would like to thank Professor Rick Geddes for his lasting impact on her undergraduate education. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), South Korean Embassy National Honor Scholarship (2020), Seoul National University Alumni Association of New England Honor Scholarship (2017)

Alex Radick

Alex Radick matriculated from Miami Beach Senior High School. Outside of being Head TA for Professor Avery’s Introduction to Policy Analysis course, Alex has found himself actively engaged in many other on-campus organizations. After being accepted into the TAMID Group, an on-campus business organization, Alex was awarded a Fellowship in Tel Aviv, Israel where he worked and lived for a summer after his freshman year. Alex continued his involvement in TAMID, taking on various position on its’ Executive Board. He served as Director of Operations, Director of New Member Education, and as a senior he served as President of the TAMID Group. Alex remains committed to TAMID and serves in a mentor/advising position to assist in the successful continuity of the new Board. 

Alex has also taken large leadership roles in the Cornell Real Estate Club, the largest undergraduate organization at Cornell with over 1,500 members. Alex has served as Cornell Real Estate Club’s Director of Finance as well as the role of President throughout his junior and senior year. Under his leadership, he found and instituted a new mentorship program that connects freshman members who are interested in real estate with seniors which were good fits. Additionally, Alex also presided over the merger of another campus organization, successfully integrating a new consulting division that provides students with tangible consulting experience with real clients in the industry. Alex is still active in the Cornell Real Estate Club and serves as the club’s President Emeritus and teaches the club’s educational program “RE 101" . 

During his sophomore year, Alex sat on the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council for the College of Human Ecology. Additionally, Alex was an active member of his social fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau. He served as Zeta Beta Tau’s Treasurer, where he facilitated social and philanthropic events for his brotherhood. 

Alex would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for her steadfast support and strong guidance and mentorship she offered throughout his time in PAM. 

Awards: Dean’s List

Taryn Reardon

Taryn Reardon matriculated from Oliver Ames High School, located in North Easton, Massachusetts. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she served as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, was Vice President of Service Management of Kappa Omicron Nu (Human Ecology Honor Society) where she coordinated engaging professional development and alumni events for members within the organization and was the Director of ChangeMaker Chats which hosted successful female change-makers in an intimate setting at Cornell to inspire young women through informal, honest conversations. Taryn served as the Alumni Relations Chair of her sorority, Kappa Delta, where she maintained communications between alumni and the chapter and organized events. Taryn also was involved with the Society for Women in Business (SWIB), hosted the award-winning author Sam Quinones with other TAs at Cornell for a lecture on his book “Dreamland,” discussing the opiate epidemic, and studied abroad in Southern France (Business, Sustainability, and Immigration). During her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, traveling, writing, and listening to podcasts. After graduating Taryn will be working at Goldman Sachs as part of their Market Solutions team. She would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for positively shaping her experience within PAM and at Cornell. She shared, “Professor Avery’s support is unwavering and she will always serve as my role model.”

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)

Catherine Ryberg

Catherine Ryberg matriculated from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she served as a Health Opinion Research Assistant at Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Teaching Assistant for PAM 3280: Fundamentals of Population Health, was a Resident Advisor for first-year students, a Dean’s Advisory Council member, President of The Callbaxx A Cappella, participated with the Behavioral Economics & Nutrition Research in the Dyson School, and wrote on the dining column of the Cornell Daily Sun. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, music, and walking her dog. After graduating she will begin working in Economic Development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.  She would like to recognize Senior Lecturer Julie Carmalt as her most influential PAM faculty member.

Awards: Dean’s List

Samantha Stern

Samantha Stern matriculated from George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, New York. In addition to her studies as a Policy Analysis and Management major, Samantha completed minors in Business and Law and Society. During her time in Policy Analysis and Management, Samantha was a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300: Introduction to Policy Analysis. As the Vice President of Alumni Affairs of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Samantha connected Human Ecology students with alumni to provide students the opportunity to learn about the different career paths to which a Human Ecology education can lead. Samantha also volunteered with Career Skills at Cornell, a campus group that helps to teach employment skills to high school students with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, Samantha was a news reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In her free time, Samantha enjoys exploring the Ithaca area with friends, cooking, and reading. Samantha would like to recognize Professor Rosemary Avery as her most influential PAM faculty member. Samantha graduated with High Distinction in December 2020 and hopes to pursue a career in law, with a special interest in nonprofit organizations serving women and children. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), Graduated with High Distinction (December 2020)

Brendan Welch

Brendan Welch matriculated from Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time as a PAM major, Brendan worked as a Lab Manager for the Pharmaceutical Advertising and Databases Undergraduate Research Lab under Professor Rosemary Avery. Brendan conducted research on the effects of prescription drugs and alcohol advertising on health outcomes, along with political advertisements on mental health and worry over crime. As a lab manager, Brendan was able to teach two years of incoming research assistants how to perform data preparation and analysis. Additionally, within the PAM department, Brendan was able to act as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2101: Statistics for Pam Majors. While taking classes, Brendan especially enjoyed his time in Behavioral Economics and Public Policy with Professor Tripp. As Brendan departs, the one thing he finds he will miss most about PAM and The College of Human Ecology as a whole is the close-knit community. 

Outside of the classroom, Brendan served as the president of the Delta Chi fraternity for one year. After serving as president of Delta Chi, Brendan was later inducted into the Order of Omega, an honors society for individuals in Greek Life. During his sophomore year Brendan became a counselor for Camp Kesem at Cornell, and later a Development Coordinator (head of fundraising) for a year. 

In his free time, Brendan enjoys exploring Ithaca, skiing, playing trivia, following Cleveland sports, and watching movies. After graduating, Brendan will be working as an Analyst for Analysis Group in Boston. Brendan would like to thank Professor Rosemary Avery for her lasting impact on his undergraduate education. 

Awards: Dean’s List, Graduated with Distinction (December 2020)

Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong matriculated from Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York. During her time at Cornell, as a PAM major, she served as a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2101: Statistics for PAM,  Digital Marketing Chair of Period @ Cornell, and Partnerships and Merchandising Team Lead for the Cornell Daily Sun, and she participated in Cornell Club Swimming. In her free time, Amanda enjoys trying new recipes, reading, drawing, and exploring scenic spots in Ithaca. After graduation, she will start as a Consulting Analyst at Veralon Healthcare Management Advisors in New York City.  She would like to recognize Lecturer Brandon Tripp as her most influential PAM faculty member.

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters), Graduated with High Distinction (December 2020), Class of 2021 Award for Leadership and Community.

Helen Zhou

Helen Zhou matriculated from Appleton North High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition to her studies as a Policy Analysis and Management major, Helen completed minors in Inequality Studies and Law and Society. During her time at Cornell, she was a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2250: Social Problems in the U.S. and a High Road Fellow where she partnered with Say Yes Buffalo, an education nonprofit in Buffalo, NY. As a High Road Fellow, she published a guide for reopening schools through trauma-informed and racial equity lenses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. She was a Research Assistant for Dr. Valerie Hans and Dr. Krystia Reed on a National Science Foundation (NSF) jury study run through Cornell Law School and previously assisted with research on the Obituaries Project run by Professor David Strang. Helen was also a member of the Cornell American Civil Liberties Union, Cornell Roosevelt Institute, and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys going on road trips, hiking, trying all the food at the Ithaca Farmers Market, and watching nature documentaries. She would like to recognize Professor Sharon Sassler and Professor Peter Rich as her two most influential PAM faculty members. 

Awards: Dean’s List