Congratulations to all of our Baker Graduates!
Pictured L to R – Back row: Dr. Brandon Prins, Chase Pritchett, Justin Hickerson, Zachariah Hethmon, Taylor Odle, Dr. Matt Murray, Kelsey Parkman, Dr. Bill Park, Dr. Nissa Dahlin-Brown. Front row: Hannah Bailey, Charleigh Cagle, David Clark, Lisa Dicker, Abigail McKamey, Chris Schwartz, Amanda Tranum.
On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Baker Center and a room full of proud parents and family members honored 12 graduating undergraduate students who were actively engaged as Baker Scholars and/or Baker Ambassadors. The graduating Baker Scholars were awarded a medal to celebrate the completion of an independent research project that concerns a policy issue of their choice. Baker Ambassadors were presented with graduation cords as a parting gift of thanks for their service in developing student programs and promoting civic engagement of all UT students.
Please see the attached program for a brief look at these great UT graduates and their work with the Baker Center: Sr.REc_.Ceremony.2104.FINAL_. A copy of the final Scholar reports will be provided on our website.
Baker Scholars Honorees:
Honors Political Science and Asian Studies, with minors in Chinese, Religious Studies, and Philosophy
Lisa will attend Harvard Law School in Fall 2014.
Economics with a collateral in Quantitative Economics and Mathematics and minors in French and Physics
Zach will pursue a Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Honors Political Science with a minor in Communication Studies
Justin will attend Belmont University College of Law in Fall 2014.
College Scholars-Economics and Education Policy
Abigail will teach in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, helping to start the Nashville Academy of Computer Science charter school and pursue a Master’s Degree in Education from David Lipscomb University.
College Scholars-Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Higher Education Administration
Taylor will attend Vanderbilt University as a Dean’s Scholar to pursue a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration with concentrations in Student Affairs and Higher Education Policy.
Kelsey plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Registered Dietician degree in the Fall of 2015.
Economics with collateral in Business Analytics
Chase will begin work at SunTrust bank in Nashville as a Wholesale Banking Analyst. Chase plans to pursue graduate school in business or public policy in the future.
Baker Ambassadors Honorees:
Honors Political Science
Hannah will join the 2014 Oklahoma Teach for America Corp. She will later pursue graduate school.
Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies
Charleigh hopes to work during the year following graduation before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy.
Political Science with a minor in History
David plans to continue his education at UT, pursuing a Master’s in Policy and Public Administration.
Economics and History
Chris will work during the summer as a research assistant at the Construction Industry Research Policy Center (CIRPC) on campus and is looking for a career in the field of economics.
Honors Political Science with a Public Administration Concentration
Amanda plans to take a gap year to work and travel before applying to law school for Fall 2015.