Priority 3: Undergraduate Experience
Deepen our undergraduate experience to inspire students to live lives of service and leadership
Our public policy undergraduate program is one of the best in the nation and one of the largest majors at Duke. Students experience life-changing involvement with programs like the Hart Leadership Program, Duke in DC, American Grand Strategy, and Polis.
This past year, PPS undergraduates accomplished so much – despite the limitations of a global pandemic. They helped get out the vote on campus and in the community, took action around injustices, won awards for their policy contributions and much more.
May 2021 Graduation highlights
Sophia’s thesis about environmental policy received Sanford’s Best Honors Thesis Award.
Jabril traveled to Togo to analyze the success of a microfinance institution in rural areas.
Yuexuan was the Health/Science Editor at the Chronicle during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sam aided Transition Term NC for Sanford’s enterprising leadership course.
Hannah wrote a story about Cleveland’s AsiaTown published in Cleveland Scene.
Swathi helped create the Cyber Policy and Gender Violence Initiative at Sanford.
Lauren won the Terry Sanford Leadership Award from the Sanford School of Public Policy.
Jake served as Editor-in-Chief, digital strategy director and recruitment chair for the Chronicle.
Lauren Howell won the 2021 Terry Sanford Leadership Award for her work with Duke LIFE which supports low-income, first-generation student engagement at Duke.
Swathi Ramprasad PPS’21 was named one of four Eisenhower Global Scholars for the following academic year. She is the first Duke student to win this award.
Duke students participated in Hart Leadership Program’s Why Vote video challenge and created 30-second non-partisan PSAs encouraging their peers to vote.
The Office of Congresswoman Susie Lee
Kyle interned in the office of Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV) during the summer of 2020. He thought his internship experience might be hindered by going online but it wasn’t the case. Often interns only handle mail and phones, but Melatti was able to draft several memos and background briefs, too.
Joanne Kim PPS ’22
Joanne had the chance to intern at the tech company Intel as a public policy intern. It’s an exciting time in tech, and Kim’s internship placed her squarely at the fascinating intersection of technology and policy.
The Political Engagement Project Fellows (PEP Fellows) is a joint program through both the Hart Leadership Program and Polis: Center for Politics. Established in 2019, the PEP Fellows is made possible by the Carrin M. Patman Fund, honoring her legacy of political engagement.
Our Award-winning Series Continues
Swathi Ramprasad and Niharika Vattikonda