What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“The PPRS program will equip me with quantitative tools to combine my two majors, economics and cognitive science, and direct them toward the field of technology policy. I took a course during my freshman year called Contemporary Philosophy: Enhancing the Mind Through Technology. Through this seminar I discovered the benefits and dangers of cognitive enhancements, artificial intelligence, and mind uploading. Yet during every discussion, the social justice advocate within me noticed that questions of equity and distribution of these new technologies were not addressed. The implementation of such technologies will have huge repercussions and ramifications on the economy, education, healthcare, and more. Thus, the PPRS program provides with me the structure and support to combine my multiple passions and interests.”
What are some of your future goals?
“The PPRS program is a step for me in pursuing a graduate degree in an interdisciplinary field such as technology policy, and in jumpstarting my career as a public servant. The PPRS curriculum will enhance my quantitative research skills while the Innovation and Technology Policy track courses will provide me with the qualitative skills to become a dedicated change agent and problem-solver that will make a lasting impact on society.”