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PhD Student Awards

Winners of the Brooks School of Public Policy Outstanding PhD Student Awards


Brooks Awards for Outstanding Research Paper

This award honors an outstanding paper written by a PhD student who is funded by the Brooks School. Submissions are evaluated based on the potential for innovation and impact in the field of public policy.

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Revathy Suryanarayana 
“The Long Run Effect of Federal Income Support on Criminal Involvement and Risky Behavior of Adults”

Brooks Awards for Outstanding Teaching

This annual award recognizes outstanding teaching by PhD Teaching Assistants for the Brooks School of Public Policy.


Jenna Shelton

Jenna Shelton 
PADM 5310 Applied Multivariate Statistics in Public Affairs

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Chloe Smith
PAM 2000 Intermediate Microeconomics

Brooks Public Engagement Awards

This award honors outstanding contributions to public engagement by a PhD student who is funded by the Brooks School. Submissions are evaluated based on evidence of impact and engagement on policy-relevant matters.


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Grace Phillips – for her work with the Cornell Prison Education Program

Brooks Exemplary Service Award

This award recognizes a Brooks PhD Student who has a demonstrated track record of exemplary service to the Brooks School community.


Meredith Welch

Meredith Welch – for her contributions to mentoring in the PhD program, Cornell Diversity in Economics (DICE), and the broader Brooks School community.

Brooks School Racial Equity Research Grants

The grant will support planned or ongoing student research that is rigorous and intellectually ambitious and addresses pressing questions that will advance racial equity in public policy.


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Jillian Royal – to study electoral representation among those from underrepresented backgrounds and how they influence policy change

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Hyewon Kim – to study the long-run effects of racial segregation on contact with the criminal justice system