Current Public Service Fellows
The Public Service Fellows are a group of U.Va. undergraduates dedicated to developing volunteerism, good citizenship, and professional opportunities to serve the community. This is a student-run group, co-sponsored by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the Miller Center.
Major: Political and Social Thought
While public service comes in many forms, I especially enjoy engaging with diverse groups of people in discussions on current events and age-old questions related to the "common good". Also, I am very intrigued by social entrepreneurship's potential to improve the universal standard of living and am eager to learn how the public, private, and civic sectors can collaborate more closely to solve social problems more systematically and holistically.
I am primarily interested in public service as it relates to health issues, both domestic and global. Within that sphere, I have an interest on the logistics behind connecting existing associations to work together towards a common goal. My vision is that if similar philanthropies are more strongly connected, there is a greater potential for success in raising funds, awareness, etc. Outside of health-related fields, I am also interested in providing more opportunities for diverse, liberal education to students that may not often have chances in the classroom to access it (engineering students, mathematics or chemistry majors, etc.) through weekly seminars, organizations, etc.
My main areas of interest pertinent to the Public Service Fellows program fall at the intersection of the medical sciences and public policy. I am very interested in the current progress of health care reform in the United States, and I enjoy looking for ways to promote basic scientific literacy (primarily in biology) in those inclined to go into public policy in the future. There are several serious medical ethics questions that already face policy makers today, and true understanding of the real issues often requires a fluency in the language of genetics, genomics, and cell biology.
My academic interest lies primarily in the field of public health. I look forward to expanding my interests as I learn from other Public Service Fellows.
I am passionate about the political and policy development process, particularly issue advocacy and the media’s role in politics today. In terms of particular issues, I am most interested in solving the looming energy crisis and women’s rights in developing countries. Both within the University of Virginia community and beyond, I think openly talking about issues and concerns is the key to creating a friendlier political and social climate.
My academic interests span the humanities but I am most interested in issues of social justice, international relations and trade, the university community and public service. I am dedicated to expanding and creating forums for discussion on these and other issues with our student, faculty and Charlottesville community. This year I am writing an independent study in racial equity at our university and will be traveling to Peru to research and write on the Office Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and it's protection of U.S. hegemony in that nation during World War II. Public policy, education, development and diplomacy are all fields I would be interested in working in after graduation.
Class: 2012 (graduating a year early in May 2011 and beginning graduate studies)
Major: Nursing (BSN)
I am interested in a career that may include health care provider, educator, health care administrator or public health policy analyst. Health care reform is a commitment of mine; as a student nurse, I already have the responsibility to serve as an advocate as I witness my patients’ struggles to secure affordable medical care. I also study public health and enjoy learning how health care, policy, and commerce intersect.
I am particularly interested in the ethics of global citizenship and in math and science education policy in the United States. My interest in global citizenship has developed out of an interest in language; I find that language plays a fascinating role in problems of cultural imperialism and raises a number of questions about the obligations associated with global citizenship. I first started thinking about math and science education policy when I tutored students in physics in high school. I would like to look into questions such as why we learn certain subjects when we learn them and what leads to effective learning.
Major: Russian Studies and Foreign Affairs
My principle interest lies in understanding the role of the citizen and what role he/she ought to play not only at a university, but in the local community and beyond. In pursuant to that interest, I love exploring how best to connect different groups of people for intellectual discussion and dialogue. Through my involvement with Public Service Fellows, I am hoping to establish a weekly Breakfast Literary Club at the art museum. By bringing together professors, students, and TAs through the study of literature, I'm hoping to not only familiaize myself with more authors, but broaden the lens through which I perecive the world.
I am very interested in child welfare, social entrepreneurship, education/literacy, and social justice. My academic interests are hard to narrow down, so I love when different subjects relate in unexpected ways. If I had to name a career path right now, it would be college education. As someone who really just loves knowledge for its own sake, I find PSF to be extremely rewarding through its ability to make lasting and deeply impacting connections between people, thoughts, challenges, and possibilities alike.
I'm interested in a variety of topics, ranging from global development to education to health care. I particularly enjoy learning about and discussing America's political, economic, and cultural roles in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and 'globalized.'
I am interested in exploring the many facets of American government and politics, including policy issues and, more broadly, the system itself. Currently, I am drawn to the idea of fractionalization and increasing partisan divide in our political system and how that impacts our policy outputs. I am also interested in the intersection of religion and politics and its role in our governmental system. Outside of politics, I'm interested in encouraging middle and high school students to engage in leadership and public service.
Major: Government & Religious Studies
I have been interested and passionate about politics nearly all of my life. In college, I find myself most interested by the relationship, both intentional and inadvertent, between the church and state. Also, within the field of politics, I am hoping to focus on American politics. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy serving as a Counsel for the Honor System and Vice President of my fraternity.
Majors: Politics & Economics
I am particularly interested in social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, microfinance and microconsignment, welfare reform, organ transplantation and sales policy, and environmental policy pertaining to public access. I hope to one day work for a business incubation operation, helping social entrepreneurs develop and grow their business. In my free time I love to fly fish, cook ethnic food. I also have an unexplained affinity for bowties and an embarrassing interest in hip hop music.
Major: Human Biology and French
I am hugely interested in the health aspect of public service. Ideally, I would love to become the next Paul Farmer; I would not only be directly helping patients with specific health issues, but I would also be attacking some of the globe's most important epidemiological problems. I would particularly like to focus on nutrition, specifically educating adults and children on how to treat their bodies properly with healthy dietary habits. My long term goals involve going to graduate school for Public Health and then eventually becoming an MD. Until then, I will be searching for a wide variety of volunteering/job opportunities, including volunteering at local hospitals, working with children in underdeveloped countries, and working with health policy.
I am interested in the history and politics of the Middle East, particularly how these two subjects have shaped interstate and intrastate relationships in the region today. My primary focus is on U.S. and Western intervention as well as the prospect of peacebuilding on a cultural, governmental and non-governmental level. One of the main questions I have in my course of study is to what extent and how does the U.S. strive to balance a sometimes incompatible set of American values and interests when working abroad.