PAM Outstanding Seniors in photo collage

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.

Patrick Adamkiewicz

Patrick Adamkiewicz, matriculated from Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia.  During his time at Cornell, Patrick was a member of WVBR Cornell Radio, Cornell Recreational Fencing, the Cornell Hedge Fund, and the Cornell Speech and Debate Union.  Patrick also spent time volunteering for the Red Cross. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing the Bassoon and Tuba.  He is interested in geography, and enjoys chocolate. After graduation Patrick will join the Barry Callebaut Group in Côte d'Ivoire  as a Cocoa Sourcing and Sustainability Analyst.

Awards: Cornell Alumni Association of Atlanta Scholarship, Dean’s List. 

Elizabeth A. Brewster 

Elizabeth A. Brewster matriculated from the Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts. During her time at Cornell, Elizabeth was an active member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Elizabeth served as the President of the Society for Women in Business (December 2015 - December 2016). She was the Head Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis and Management (December 2015 – May 2018).  Elizabeth was also a Marketing Captain, Mentor, and Senior Representative for the Judicial Board for the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys tennis, cycling, cooking, ballet, gardening, politics and reading.  After graduation, Elizabeth will work as a J.P. Morgan Consumer and Retail Investment Banking Analyst. 

Awards: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (2018), 6th in the Top 30 College Moguls in the US You Need to Know About (2016), Dean's List (all semesters)

Gregory Giordano 

Greg Giordano graduated from Trinity High School in New York City and transferred to Cornell in the fall of 2015 from Colgate University. During his time at Cornell, Greg has been an active member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honors Society and has served as the Director of Education and National Vice President of the Fund at TAMID Group, an Israeli investing and consulting club on campus. Greg has also worked as a teaching assistant for Professor Rosemary Avery’s course, Introduction to Policy Analysis, for the last 3 years. Greg spent the summer of 2016 interning at Barclays as a market data summer analyst in New York City. In the summer of 2017, he interned at MTS Health Partners as an investment banking summer analyst in New York City, where he will be returning full-time after graduation. In his free time, Greg enjoys swimming, playing water polo, and water skiing.

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)

Scott Graf 

Scott Graf matriculated from the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, New York. During his time at Cornell, Scott was a Teaching Assistant for Statistics for Policy Analysis and Management Majors, under the supervision of Professor Hall, and for Oceanography under Professor Monger.  He served on the Executive Board, as the Alumni Affairs Officer for the Cornell Hedge Fund, Cornell’s largest undergraduate investment club. Scott has also interned at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America in their wealth management divisions.  Scott is a lifelong pianist, who plays classical and jazz music. During his free time at Cornell, Scott participated in an intramural basketball league.  Scott loves traveling the world and learning about different cultures. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and technical trading.  After graduation Scott will work for Wells Fargo in the Investment Banking Division, as part of the Consumer Asset Backed Finance team. 

Awards: Dean’s List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Julia Heyman 

Julia Heyman matriculated from Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. During her time at Cornell, Julia was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, the Cornell International Affairs Society, and was a Human Ecology Student Ambassador.  In the fall of 2016, Julia was the Executive Vice President of the Cornell Roosevelt Institute. She enjoys traveling, reading, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends. In the summer of 2017, Julia interned at the U.S. Department of Treasury and was a Finance Intern at Aetna Health Insurance.  After graduation, Julia will join Gartner, Inc. as a full time Research Analyst in Washington, D.C. 

Awards: Dean’s List 

Rebecca Jackson 

Rebecca Jackson matriculated from Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. While at Cornell, Rebecca was a writer for the Cornell Chronicle, and an active member of the Center for Jewish Living. She volunteered at the Cornell Prison Education Program and interned at Prisoners Legal Services of Ithaca. Rebecca has worked under both Professor Christopher Wildeman and Zhuan Pei conducting incarceration, foster care and welfare research. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, drawing, writing, and playing ice hockey. After graduation, Rebecca will be working as a Research Assistant studying criminal justice, human trafficking, housing and education, for the Social and Economic Policy Division of Abt Associates in Washington D.C. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)

Kyumin Kang 

Kyumin Kang matriculated from CheongShim International Academy in South Korea. In addition to his PAM coursework, he completed a minor in Business as well as serving as a teaching assistant for Financial Accounting and Finance in the College of Business. He also served as vice president of finance and vice president of corporate relations for Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity and as science sector leader for Cornell Current. In his spare time, Kyumin enjoys reading, playing soccer, watching movies, and playing board games. After graduation he will be joining the Corporate and Institutional Banking division at BNP Paribas in New York City.

Awards: Dean's List

Amy Kim 

Amy Kim matriculated from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California. In addition to completing the PAM major, she minored in Law & Society before graduating a semester early with High Distinction. She served as a teaching assistant for PAM 2101, Statistics for Policy Analysis and Management Majors. She was the Center Director for Health Care Policy in the Roosevelt Institute and the Vice-President of Finance for Global Medical Brigades, a nonprofit organization for health and sustainable development. Amy was an active member of Cornell University's Synchronized Figure Skating Team all throughout her undergraduate years, and served as the team's captain during her final season. And through the Varsity Athletics Tutoring Program, Amy tutored various athletes in calculus and statistics. She was also involved in Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. During the summers, Amy completed internships in cancer research, educational equity, and international legal affairs. In her spare time, Amy enjoys undertaking extreme water sports, trying new restaurants in the Ithaca area, and running. Upon graduation, Amy will be in Washington, D.C. working as a data analyst for an employment law firm that specializes in federal contract compliance. 

Awards: Dean's List

Kathy Lin 

Kathy Lin matriculated form Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California.  While at Cornell, Kathy was a Senior Career Assistant in the College of Human Ecology’s Career Exploration Center. She served on the planning committee for the Women in Healthcare Leadership Symposium.  Kathy conducted research on Medicaid expansion under Professor Samuel Kleiner. She was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society and was involved with the Cornell Institute of Health Futures. Kathy also volunteered at the Ithaca Free Clinic, a local health clinic that offers free health services to the uninsured.  Kathy has interned at Booz Allen Hamilton, as a Business Analyst, and at the U.S. Department of Education, where she had the opportunity to plan a conference and White House reception. Kathy enjoys stargazing, listening to podcast’s, and eating ice cream. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree in Policy Analysis and Management, Kathy was accepted into the Sloan 5-Year program.  Next year Kathy will continue her studies here in the Cornell College of Human Ecology, completing her Master’s in Health Administration. 

Awards: Dean’s List 

Lynn Zicheng Lin 

Lynn Zicheng Lin matriculated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts.  In addition to completing the PAM major, Lynn completed minors in Business and French Studies, before graduating a semester early in December of 2017.  During her time at Cornell, Lynn was a member of Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, was a Teaching Assistant for DEA 1500, Introduction to Environmental Psychology, and worked as a Research Assistant in the Social Cognition Development Lab.  She was the Senior Associate of the Cornell Alpha Fund, and the Vice President of Cornell’s Chapter of the Global China Connection.  In her free time Lynn enjoys playing squash, running, going to the gym, and exploring good brunch and coffee places.  Last summer, Lynn interned at J.P. Morgan Sales and Trading Division in Hong Kong.  Upon graduation, Lynn will return full time as an analyst.  

Awards: Dean's List; Graduated with Distinction (Dec. 2017)

Mara Schein 

Mara Schein matriculated from The Park School of Baltimore, Maryland.  While at Cornell, Mara was the Lab Manager for the Pharmaceutical Advertising Databases (PhAD) Lab, under direction of Professor Rosemary Avery.  Mara also served as a Director for Cornell Consulting, the Vice Chair for Cornell’s Peer Review Board, the Director of Academics for Alpha Phi, and a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Statistics. She worked as an Education Policy Intern for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and a Community Education Intern at the Baltimore City Health Department.  Most recently, Mara worked as a Summer Analyst at Cornerstone Research, providing financial consulting services. In her free time, Mara enjoys skiing, playing squash, watching late night television, and listening to audio books. After graduation, Mara will be working at McKinsey & Company in New York City.  

Awards: Merrill Presidential Scholar, Robinson Award for Academic Excellence (2x), Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, Marion Huber Learning through Listening National Achievement Award, Dean’s List (all semesters)

Jill Sternthal 

Jill Sternthal matriculated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. In addition to her PAM coursework, she completed a minor in Business. She has served as a teaching assistant for Professor Avery’s course, Introduction to Policy Analysis for the last four years. She is a club athlete on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and has volunteered regularly at Tompkins Learning Partners, where she tutors immigrants in the Ithaca community in post-secondary education. In her junior spring semester, she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain where she took courses in international business and Spanish culture. She interned with the City of Cincinnati in their Office of Performance and Data Analytics in her sophomore summer and with the Public Finance Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City in her junior summer, where she will be returning to work full-time upon graduation. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping up with politics, traveling, and playing ultimate frisbee and tennis.

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss matriculated from Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. During his time at Cornell, Andrew was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and the TASC Test Tutors Club, which tutors immigrants in the Ithaca Community. For four years Andrew was a Teaching Assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis, under Professor Rosemary Avery.  He served as Professor Avery’s head Teaching Assistant for the last two years.  Andrew spent a summer in Washington, D.C. as part of the Cornell in Washington Program, where he interned for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). He has also interned for Priceline.com and ZS Associates, a pharmaceutical consultancy. Andrew’s hobbies include politics, sports, trivia, and visiting museums.  After graduation, Andrew will work as an analyst at McLagan, a compensation consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut.  

Awards: Dean’s List 

Mandira S. Talwar

Mandira S. Talwar matriculated from Fairport High School. During her time at Cornell, Mandira was a member of Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society. Mandira served as a Trip Leader for Alternate Breaks, a student led program that offers annual service learning trips during spring break. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, where served as the Vice President of Chapter Standards and Relations, Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Alumni Relations Chair.  Mandira worked as a Project Assistant for the Science and Technology Entry Program in the Engaged Hub.  In addition to her busy campus schedule, Mandira runs a small skincare company.  When time allows, she enjoys binge watching television. After graduation Mandira will begin work at HSBC in the RBWN division on Product Marketing. 

Awards: Dean’s List

SiQing Xu (Pronounced: See-Ching Shoo)

SiQing matriculated from the Bronx High School of Science.  During her time at Cornell, she was a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.  SiQing was an active volunteer at the YMCA. She also completed research with the WesCo Media Project.  SiQing’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, photography.  SiQing also enjoys teaching, and is grateful for her experience teaching English in Shanghai.  After graduation, SiQing will enroll at Yale University to begin a PhD program in Health Policy and Management. 

Awards: Dean’s List (all semesters)