Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Students enter public affairs competition

two men and three women

Students Jiaqi Lu, Selina Eadie, Norma-Jean Simon, Miriam Palmer and Andrew Walsh will present their strategies for combating childhood obesity on Thursday, February 28, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room, a few days before they take it on the road to Ohio for a competition.

Five students will present their strategies for combating childhood obesity on Thursday, February 28, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.

Then, thanks in part to donations to the La Follette School from alumni and friends, they will head to Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs to compete in the regional of a national public affairs competition March 1-2.

Miriam Palmer, Selina Eadie, Andrew Walsh, Norma-Jean Simon and Jiaqi Lu will present their strategies with policy and cost-benefit analysis to support their recommendations. Their faculty adviser, David Weimer, also plans to attend the competition.

At the Midwest regional competition for Policy Solutions Challenge USA, the students will present to the judges and take comments, then improve the presentation before giving a public presentation the next day. "We also submit a 10-page written paper, which we can revise after the regional competition and submit the revised version within a week," Palmer says.

If they place first or second they go on to the national competition March 22-23 in Washington, D.C.

Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country.

Gifts to the La Follette School from alumni and friends will help defray the students' travel expenses.