Are there specific skills you hope to develop?
“Public Policy Research Scholars offers the opportunity to learn the skills needed for economic and political analysis of the design and implementation of public policy by the United States government. As a student of business and economics hoping to one day work in government, I stand to benefit greatly from the academic and career exposure offered by the program. More specifically, I would be able to learn the details of policymaking alongside a cohort of like-minded students about financial regulation and monetary policy, building a network of peers that would offer support for the duration of my career. Furthermore, I love the opportunity to receive specialized training in statistical research packages like R and Stata, building critical analytical skills that would be invaluable for both undergraduate and graduate work down the road. As I plan to concentrate in statistics at Wharton with a minor in mathematics, the Public Policy Research Scholars program provides an opportunity to apply my theoretical coursework to real issues that affect millions of Americans every day.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“The Public Policy Research Scholars program would provide an invaluable opportunity to further my policy interests through supplemental coursework, academic research, and career opportunities. Within the program curriculum, I would choose to concentrate in either fiscal policy or risk management policy as they relate directly to my interests in financial regulation and monetary policy. Furthermore, the program would provide a community of like-minded students to discuss material outside of the classroom. Throughout my time at Penn, I have worked to engage with the policy community through a variety of student groups and career exploration programs. If admitted to the Public Policy Research Scholars program, I would have the opportunity to learn even more in my areas of interest and to build skills in quantitative analysis that would be integral to success as a policy professional in the future.”