Undergraduate Public Policy Competition
In fall 2013, the Baker Institute Student Forum hosted its inaugural undergraduate public policy conference. This annual competition allows undergraduates to present their policy solutions for the nation’s pressing issues and interact with policy experts and representatives from the corporate, medical, academic, nonprofit and government spheres.
This year's conference addresses energy policy in a global context. Rice undergraduate students are invited to submit a policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in issues surrounding US national level international policy and its implications on global markets and systems . Six to 10 finalists will be selected to present their policy papers at the Baker Institute to a panel of experts on April 11, 2020. The top three presenters will receive cash prizes and publication of their papers in the Rice Journal of Public Policy, an undergraduate research publication produced through the Baker Institute.
The submission deadline for the 2020 Public Policy Competition is January 26, 2020. Submit your policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in U.S. internationalenergy policy, and you could be one of six to 10 finalists selected to present their policy papers to a panel of experts at the Baker Institute.
This competition is open to all full- or part-time students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at Rice University.
Submissions must be between 3,000 and 6,000 words.
All competition submissions should be sent to email@example.com. Please include your paper as both a Word document and a PDF, if possible. Additionally, please list the names and contact information of all team members.
Submission Deadline: January 26, 2020
Notification of Finalists: March 13, 2020
Competition: April 11, 2020
Either individually or in groups of up to three, submit a 3,000- to 6,000-word proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in the health and technology policy field. Proposals must include an abstract and a cover page (please print the names of the authors on this page only). Text must be Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spaced. Papers will be accepted through January 26, 2020.
Non-committal interest form: https://forms.gle/akWW9eYntc3VQKnw6
2019 Public Policy Competition Winners:
Topic: Health and Technology in the United States
Eliza Martin and Teresa Smith, Addressing Opioid Withdrawal and Treatment for Incarcerated and Formerly-Incarcerated Individuals in West Virginia
Eshaan Patel, Policy Initiatives Addressing Federal Science Research Funding
Annie Chen, Restoring Online Discourse: A Proposal for Increasing US Support for AI-powered Bot-Identification Systems
2018 Public Policy Competition Winners:
Topic: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Western Hemisphere
Maddy Scannell and Connor Rothschild, Addressing the Failures of Food Aid in Haiti
Dylan Dickens, Solar Cookers, Carbon Sequestration, and Haitian Forests: Two Policy Proposals for how the USAID Mission in Haiti can work to promote economic growth and security in the pro-Haitian framework
Annie Chen, Civilian Oversight Programs: A Proposal for Increasing US Support for Community Oriented Policing in Mexico
2017 Public Policy Competition Winners:
Topic: Healthcare Policy in the United States
Malvika Govil and Rebecca Lopez, Expanding Opportunities for Primary Care Access and Practice in Medically Underserved Areas of Texas
Anjali Bhatla and Cyrus Ghaznavi, A Policy Prescription for Treating High Pharmaceutical Costs
Hannah Todd, Better Care for Children With Medical Complexity