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Make an Impact with the Baker Center!

Students from freshman through graduate school can be involved with the Baker Center. From Baker Ambassadors, who organize events at the Baker Center and also participate in leadership/professional workshops to Baker Scholars (juniors-seniors), who research a topic of their choosing with a faculty mentor. We also offer Diplomacy Lab in collaboration with the US State Department and the Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge, through faculty courses and clubs. The Baker Center also offers a minor in Public Policy Analytics, which began in Fall 2017.

Baker Center Course Offerings & Public Policy Minor

Click on “Learn more” to see the Baker Center’s course offerings in the Undergraduate Catalog. A Minor in Public Policy Analytics will start in Fall 2016 for students meeting certain requirements and graduating on or after Spring 2018. Read more about the Minor below.

Learn more about the courses offered by the Baker Center.

Baker Scholars

The Baker Scholar program has consistently attracted the University of Tennessee’s most academically gifted, politically curious students, click here to learn more.

Baker Ambassadors

Students selected to serve as Baker Ambassadors help create, plan, and manage special events in connection with the Baker Center. Click here to learn more.

Minor in Public Policy Analytics

Public policy research and the growing importance of dealing with large amounts of data in all fields requires advanced analytical tools and applied data-driven experiences. This Public Policy Analytics Minor will benefit students majoring in many fields and in preparation for graduate school. Learn more about the PPA Minor and see if it is what you need to further your future career. Click here to learn more. The application can be found here.

Events at the Baker Center

The Baker Center hosts a number of events throughout the year. Click here to see a list of our upcoming events and recordings of some of our past events.

Diplomacy Lab

The Diplomacy Lab enables the State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.

Master Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)

The Baker Center also supports graduate education in the Masters of Public Policy and Administration, offered by the Department of Political Science. Click here to learn more.

Partner Student Clubs

Roosevelt Institute

The Roosevelt Institute at UTK offers a vehicle for university students to study, write, publish, and implement sound public policy ideas. You can find their website here

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL)

A forum for the top echelon of the state’s campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works. You can find their website here

Mock Trial

Collegiate mock trial is an extracurricular activity in which schools from across the nation compete against one another in simulated court proceedings. You can find their website here

Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP)

The Forum on Science Ethics and Policy is a club for both undergraduates and graduates interested in science and technology. It is intended to be a club for both scientists and non-scientists hoping to bridge the communication gap between science and policy. You can find their website here

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