Undergraduate Policy Fellows Program

PPRI hosts several resident fellowship positions to senior undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary study of public policy and policy-related research. These Undergraduate Student Fellows get hands-on experience in doing interdisciplinary research on global grand challenges, play a leading role in outreach activities at PPRI, and have the opportunity to enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course for course credit, reflecting a learning experience that combines attendance at PPRI seminars and other events with work on a research project.

Undergraduate Fellows

Abby Lemert

My name is Abby Lemert, and I'm originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I'm a junior here at Purdue, majoring in Multidisciplinary Engineering. My self-designed concentration is in Foreign Policy Engineering, and I take a broad range of engineering courses, as well as political science, global studies, and Arabic and Spanish classes. On campus, I'm involved in Cru, Purdue Systems Collaboratory, and the Beering Scholar Student Association, among other things. I've studied and worked abroad in Toledo, Spain, and this past summer I interned for a consulting firm in Washington DC. I'm really looking forward to working with PPRI this year. I think the policy problems facing our country and our globe are not simple or one-dimensional, so we need more public servants who are trained to speak and think quantitatively and logically about complex, multifaceted issues. I hope to become one of those public servants, so I'm excited for everything I'm going to learn with PPRI!

Abby Lemert

Mikaela Meyer

Mikaela Meyer is a junior from Chesterton, Indiana, majoring in Mathematical Statistics with a minor in Political Science. When she heard about the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary policy research, she couldn't pass up the chance to apply for the PPRI Undergraduate Fellowship. This Fellowship fits perfectly with Mikaela's goal to blend her interests in statistics and policy-making in her future career. She is actively involved around campus as the president of Purdue College Democrats, a member of the debate team and the Purdue Institute of Civic Communication, a Stamps scholar, and an Honors College Mentor. Last year, Mikaela had the opportunity to research with Dr. Frederi Viens (Department of Statistics) and Dr. Nan Kong (Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering) through the National Science Foundation Statistics Living-Learning Community at Purdue. She has also collaborated with Dr. Dwaine Jengelley and Dr. Natasha Duncan on research regarding Caribbean integration.

Mikaela Meyer

Rider Mills

Rider Mills is a senior from the college of Liberal Arts from West Linn, Oregon. He is studying political science with a focus in International Relations. He is a part of Purdue’s Army ROTC program and will commission as a 2LT in the Oregon Army National Guard upon graduation from Purdue in December. Rider is interested in topics including International terrorism, conflict resolution and international diplomacy. His interests for these subjects has been developed through courses in US foreign policy, diplomacy and bargaining, and the causes and consequences of war. After graduation Rider hopes to pursue a career with the Foreign Service, or another career where he can bring together his academic interests with his desire to travel and serve the United States.

Rider Mills

Jordan Paine

Jordan Paine is a senior from Oxford, Nebraska studying Agricultural Education and Political Science. At Purdue Jordan is heavily involved with the Honors College and serves as the College of Agriculture’s Representative on the Leadership Council. She is also the President of Indiana’s Association of Agricultural Educators-Purdue, an agricultural education ambassador, and a mentor. Paine’s research looks into the effects of GMO Policies on U.S. producers. Her plan is to attend law school following graduation.

Jordan Paine

Allison Wong

My name is Allison Wong, and I am Senior majoring in History and Philosophy. Since my freshman year at Purdue, I have been engaged in policy related research. I was lucky enough to be a Dean’s Scholar with Dr. Nadia Brown and continued working as a Wilke Scholar for her. Afterward, I served as a research assistant for the Center for the Environment focusing on how diversity within state legislatures influences environmental policy. Outside of my research, I am serve as the President of Delta Gamma, a Dean’s Ambassador and am a member of the Liberal Arts Leadership Council. I am excited to work with the Policy Research Institute this academic year because of the variety of projects they work on and the interdisciplinary approach they take.

Allison Wong

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