BAKER INSTITUTE STUDENT FORUM — UNDERGRADUATE PUBLIC POLICY COMPETITION


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The submission deadline for the 2016 Public Policy Competition is January 15. Submit your policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in the energy sector, 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.

 

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 energy policy. Rice undergraduate students are invited to submit a policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in the energy sector. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with professionals from the Houston Energy Industry. Six to 10 finalists will be selected to present their policy papers at the Baker Institute to a panel of experts on April 8-9, 2016. The top three presenters will receive cash prizes and publication of their papers in The Rice Cultivator, the university’s undergraduate public policy journal published through 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.

Key Dates
  • Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
  • Notification of Finalists: March 1, 2016
  • Competition: April 8-9, 2016

Policy Competition Rules

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 energy sector. 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 15, 2016.


Submission Instructions

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.


Downloads

Official rulebook for the 2016 conference
Promotional flier for the 2016 conference