Meredith Dost, a Public Policy major and member of the class of 2013, has won Texas A&M University’s 2013 Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Latino Politics. Meredith received the award for her paper entitled “Representative Bureaucracy and Latino Student Achievement: A Case for Increased Minority Representation on School Boards in U.S. Public Schools.” This paper was completed in fulfillment of Professor Paul Manna’s senior seminar on education policy and politics in Fall 2012, and it is part of her larger Public Policy honors thesis project. Meredith’s project examines the relationship between Latino student achievement and Latino representation in U.S. schools and also considers how Latino representation and white student achievement are related. Recently, she presented a research poster on her thesis at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago.
Meredith is a Public Policy and Hispanic Studies double major at the College, hailing from a suburb of Chicago. She plans to eventually continue her academic study of U.S. education policy in graduate school, possibly pursuing a Ph.D. After graduation, she hopes to work in Washington, D.C. in public policy research.