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Student Success

Oregon State University MPP students have been highly successful in obtaining meaningful careers in government and the nonprofit sectors as policy analysts, data analysts, economic analysts, program managers, outreach specialists. Recent examples include:

  • Client Investment Research, FINCA International
  • Community Development Coordinator, Rural Development Initiatives 
  • Community Servant, Resource Assistance for Rural Environments
  • Coordinator for the Rural Communities Explorer, OSU Extension Educator
  • Data Analyst, Los Alamos National Lab
  • Data Analyst, Oregon Judicial Department
  • Data Analyst, Oregon Progress Board, State of Oregon 
  • Data Analyst, Oregon State Hospital 
  • Economic Analyst, Oregon Employment Department 
  • Economic Analyst, U.S. Census Bureau 
  • Economic Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Department, Oregon State Legislature 
  • Economic Analyst, Oregon Department of Administrative Services
  • Educational Program Assistant, Linn County Extension Service, Oregon
  • Editor, Management Systems International, Washington, DC
  • Environmental Consultant, Wirthy Environmental, LLC
  • Environmental Data Specialist, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Forester, USDA Forest Service
  • Foundation Officer, Concordia University
  • Health Policy Fellow, eHealth Initiative, Washington, D.C.
  • Institutional Researcher, Columbia River Gorge Community College
  • Internal Auditor, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Lead Researcher, Strategic Partnerships and Project Development for the Educational Policy Improvement Center 
  • Legislative Aid, Oregon State Senate
  • Legislative Director for Democrats, Oregon House of Representatives
  • Performance Auditor, Oregon Secretary of State
  • Planner, Cardno ENTRIX
  • Policy Advisor, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-"Helsinki Commission" 
  • Policy Advisor, Oregon University System 
  • Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Institute
  • Policy Analyst, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry
  • Policy Analyst, Quantivate
  • Policy Research and Evaluation, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Water for People (Integrated Water Management for Africa)
  • Program Coordinator, Oregon Housing and Community Services 
  • Program Manager, Project Vote Smart
  • Program Manager, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Nepal
  • Program Officer, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Public Outreach Specialist, Rural Development Initiatives
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer, Oregon Department of Finance and Corporate Securities
  • Research Analyst, BW Research Partnership
  • Research Analyst, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Research Analyst, Multnomah County, Oregon 
  • Research Analyst, Office for Oregon Health Policy
  • Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
  • Research Analyst, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Research Analyst, Washington State School Directors' Association
  • Research Associate, Westwater Research
  • Research Fellow, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rural Researcher, Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE)
  • Section Chief, Planning and Cooperation, Korean National Assembly
  • Senate Campaign Field Organizers (Oregon and Nevada)
  • Senior Internal Auditor, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Senior Institutional Research Analyst, Oregon State University
  • State Program Auditor, Oregon Secretary of State
  • Support Analyst, Oregon Department of Administrative Services
  • Survey Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Research Analyst, Student Affairs, Oregon State University 
  • Urban Renewal Coordinator, City of Albany, Oregon
  • Workforce Investment Program Specialist, The Oregon Consortium and Workforce Alliance
  • Workforce Management Analyst, Oregon Employment Department

MPP students have gone on to other graduate programs such as:

  • Columbia University School of Law 
  • University of Vermont Law School
  • PhD Program in Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California Davis
  • PhD Program in Criminology, Law and Society, University of California Irvine
  • PhD Program in Disaster Management, University of Deleware
  • PhD Program in Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • PhD Program in Political Science, Florida International University
  • PhD Program in Political Science, University of Idaho
  • PhD Program in Policy, University of Texas, Austin
  • PhD Program in Political Science, University of Oregon
  • PhD Program in Policy, The Ohio State University
  • PhD Program in Public Affairs, Indiana University
  • PhD Program in Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • PhD Program in Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD Program in Sociology, University of Oregon 
  • PhD Program in Sociology, University of Washington
  • PhD Program in Environmental Science, Oregon State University
  • MBA Program, Oregon State University

MPP students have recently received many awards:

These include the following

  • Rose Hickman: 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Mexico
  • Jessica Nguyen-Ventura, Julia McKenna and Elise Korejwa have been awarded Oregon Fellows for 2014
  • Mariana Amorim: 2013-14 Graduate Internationalization Grant, Oregon State University
  • Zachary Dunn: 2013-14 Boron Fellowship for International Research (Kenya)
  • Patricia Martins Marcos (Portugal), Alida Karakushi (Albania): 2013-2015 Fulbright Scholarships
  • Arini Utami (Indonesia): 2013-2016 Fulbright Scholars
  • Jason Creighton is a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Management Fellows Program
  • Misty Freeman (MPP 2012 & PhD) and Alethia Miller have both been awarded 2013 Oregon Legislative Internships
  • Breannon Babbel: 2012-16 Lord Kelvin Smith PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow
  • Jaynie Whinnery: 2012-13 Boren Fellowship for International Research (Cambodia)
  • Ryan Tuttle: 2012-13 Provost's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
  • Shannon Campbell: 2012-13 Provost's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
  • Charles Lanfear: 2012-13 Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship
  • Sarah Cline: 2012-13 Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship
  • Bunny Yorth (Cambodia): 2012-14 Student USAID Scholarship
  • Kwami Dorkenou (Togo): 2012-14 Student Fulbright Scholarship
  • Matthew Palm: 2012 Joyce Furman Fellowship in Transportation Economics
  • Yossa Naggolian: 2011-2013 USAID Fellowship
  • Zack Reeves: 2011 Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellow
  • Khan Le: 2010-11 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship 
  • Kirsten Winters: 2010-11 Oregon Lottery Scholarship
  • Yao Yin: 2010 Santa Fe Institute Scholar in Global Sustainability
  • Will Clark: 2009-11 McNair's Scholarship
  • Gunjan Dhakal: 2009-11 USAID Women’s Leadership Scholarship
  • Narbada Ghimire: 2009-11 USAID Women’s Leadership Scholarship
  • Alejandra Juarez: 2009-10 Oregon University System SYLFF Graduate Fellowship for International Research
  • Ben Juarez: 2009-11 McNair Scholarship
  • Stuty Maskey: 2009-11 USAID Women’s Leadership Scholarship
  • Skye Root: 2009 Oregon Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Vince Adams: 2008 Oregon Lottery Scholarship
  • Chris Buerger: 2007 Oregon Lottery Scholarship 
  • Cynthia Dewi: 2008-10 Student Fulbright Scholarship
  • Dawn Marie Gaid: 2007-09 Ford Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Lauren Goschke: 2008 National Education for Women's Leadership Scholarship
  • Alex Johnson: 2006-07 Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship
  • Khan Le: 2008-10 McNair's Scholarship
  • Steph Ogden: 2008 University Club of Portland Scholarship; 2008 Oregon Lottery Scholarship
  • Elizabeth O'Neill: 2008 National Education for Women's Leadership Scholarship
  • Yao Yin: 2008 National Education for Women's Leadership Scholarship; 2009 St. Gallen Symposium Scholarship for Best Student Research Paper

MPP students are engaged in cutting edge policy research with real world implications. Some recent examples include:

  • Misty Freeman and Emily Wornell completed an internship with Klamath-Lakes CARES in Klamath County regarding child welfare outcomes in the county. The first part of the internship consisted of collecting and analyzing child abuse and neglect statistics from various child welfare agencies and organizations in the county as well as information about the process these agencies/organizations go through to make a determination of “founded” child abuse. The second part involved interviewing key stakeholders in an effort to understand how organizations and agencies work together in Klamath County to prevent child abuse and protect victims, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to child abuse and neglect in this county. The goal is to help community stakeholders have a greater understanding of child welfare trends in Klamath County as well as identify the areas that the county is particularly strong and where potential gaps in services may exist.
  • Kelly Dickinson and Hillary Fishler are working with the Institute for Natural Resources to promote payment for ecosystem services programs for watershed restoration and private land stewardship in the Pacific Northwest, as related to public utilities. By constructing case studies and a database of utilities currently promoting riparian, land, and watershed health in order to avoid continuous investments in grey infrastructure, this project will seek to create a network of utilities within the region that may influence conservation and restoration of lands that provide natural means of filtration, climate control, nutrient cycling, and many other ecosystem services. Through the examination of the economics and returns to scale of investments in ecosystem services through public utilities, this project seeks to promote the importance of preservation of natural capital, potentially influencing policy in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.
  • Becky Rubenstrunk is conducting comparative research on a USDA grant in Ontario, Canada and Washington State on nuclear waste issues.
  • Ben Juarez worked with community leaders in the Municipalities of Texistepeque and Caluco in El Salvador in order to conduct interviews relating to changes in the quality of life of Salvadorans living in rural and semi-rural areas during the Summer of 2010. The information provided was utilized to assess changes made in rural policy in reaction to the Central American Free Trade Agreement's effects on rural areas of El Salvador. The question is who or what controls rural policy in El Salvador if proper information is not disseminated regarding policy and its effects.
  • The Benton County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office turned to Oregon State University for assistance in two areas. First, BCSO asked for OSU to conduct an employee satisfaction survey targeting the effectiveness of dispatch, evidence, and records services. MPP students, Ashley Tucker and Kathleen Veritas were recruited to design and implement both a paper and internet survey under Scott Akins supervision, and meet with and update the Sheriff regularly.  The survey was recently completed so Ashley and Kathleen are collecting and analyzing the data, and will write a report presenting their findings to the Sheriff.  Second, BCSO asked for an institutional analysis.  This analysis involves researching financial and management styles across the nation in counties with the same demographic patterns as Benton County to determine whether BCSO can improve services and/or reduce expenditures. Ashley and Kathleen will complete this research over fall term.
  • Julia Michaels published her research The Impact of Democracy Assistance on NGO Sustainability in Kyrgyzstan with the Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia.
  • Damon Runberg is worked on the grant "Firewood and Invasive Species in Oregon," Oregon Invasive Species Council (Oregon Department of Agriculture).  He studied the transport of invasive species in firewood and designing a policy to mitigate the spread of damaging insects. 
  • Will Clark worked on the grant "Analysis of the North Pacific Research Board Research Program," North Pacific Research Board.  One aspect of the project is to examine the role of science and scientists in marine policy.
  • Kristin Chatfield, Sarah Kopp, Andres Vaughan and Kirsten Winters worked with an interdisciplinary and international research team on a USAID/Egypt grant studying water policy and governance in the Middle East to better allocate resources ("Blue Revolution Initiative: Regional Water Management Benchmarking in the Middle East North Africa Region").
  • Vince Adams and Dawn Marie Gaid worked with an interdisciplinary research team on a Ford Family Foundation/Association of Counties grant to study the social and economic consequences of the demise of the county timber payments program ("Secure Rural Schools") for Oregon counties and communities. 
  • Yao Yin worked with an interdisciplinary team of OSU graduate students and faculty on a Oregon Wave Energy Trust grant to study the potential social and economic effects of wave energy sites for Oregon's coastal communities.
  • Steph Ogden worked with MPP faculty on a National Science Foundation grant to design new and better approaches to integrate ecological science and scientists in natural resource management processes.
  • Sara Curiel received a $400,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to continue her work on Latino Outreach in Rural Communities. Sara’s Latino Outreach program was initially developed with OSU Extension and the OSU Sustainable Rural Communities Initiative.
  • Elizabeth O’Neill published a report on "Paid Maternity Leave for the Institute for Women’s Policy" and presented the findings of the report to a U.S. Congressional subcommittee through her work with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, D.C.