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 health and technology policy. Rice undergraduate students are invited to submit a policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in issues surrounding domestic health and technology. Six to 10 finalists will be selected to present their policy papers at the Baker Institute to a panel of experts on April 6, 2019. 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 2019 Public Policy Competition is January 26, 2019. Submit your policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in U.S. health and technology 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.

Submission Requirements

  • 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 bisf@rice.edu. 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.

Key Dates

  • Submission Deadline: January 26, 2019

  • Notification of Finalists: March 9, 2019

  • Competition: April 6, 2019


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, 2019.

Non-committal interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/dAHZ6NUfg8Q7JMqR2


Click here for the official 2019 Policy Competition rulebook

Click here for the official 2018 Policy Competition flyer

2018 Public Policy Competition Winners:

Topic: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Western Hemisphere

  1. Maddy Scannell and Connor Rothschild, Addressing the Failures of Food Aid in Haiti

  2. 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

  3. 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

  1. Malvika Govil and Rebecca Lopez, Expanding Opportunities for Primary Care Access and Practice in Medically Underserved Areas of Texas

  2. Anjali Bhatla and Cyrus Ghaznavi, A Policy Prescription for Treating High Pharmaceutical Costs

  3. Hannah Todd, Better Care for Children With Medical Complexity