Current Students

Throughout the summer, many PPP students have served in numerous internships around the country, whether that be working in Cincinnati, at home, or in Washington DC. Other students are spending the summer traveling, many through various study abroad programs. The juniors traveled to Paris, France for a two-week program in May. Several PPP students have also traveled to Rome, Italy, where they have one more week in their five-week long program. Others are studying in countries such as Germany and Jordan. 

Task Lists

First Year

  • Fall:
    • Meet other PPP students at monthly Wine-and-Cheesers.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.
    • Take your assignments to the Writing Center for help.
  • Spring:
    • Discern whether to take the sophomore sequence in the second or third year.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.

Sophomore Year

  • Fall:
    • Visit Drs. Beaupre and Fairfield during office hours.
    • Take clear notes during class and engage in seminar discussions.
    • Begin thinking about summer plans (study abroad, internships, etc.).
    • Prepare for your campaign presentations and the Board of Elections Night.
    • Dedicate many hours to your papers for Dr. Fairfield.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.
  • Spring:
    • Attend the annual PPP retreat.
    • Choose a legislative issue and make it your top priority for the semester.
    • Prepare for meetings, especially those during the trip to Washington, DC.
    • Solidify summer plans.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.

Junior Year

  • Fall:
    • Begin making summer plans for Paris and possibly other study abroad programs.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.
  • Spring:
    • Attend the annual PPP retreat.
    • Solidify summer plans.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.
  • Summer:
    • Enjoy trips to Paris and elsewhere.

Senior Year

  • Fall:
    • Become consumed by your senior thesis.
    • Visit Dr. Colella for academic advising for the following semester.
  • Spring:
    • Attend the annual PPP retreat.
    • Become more consumed by your senior thesis.
    • Prepare to change the world. 

"PPP students want to do good and to do well."
- Dr. Fairfield, Professor

Upcoming Dates

Paris Study Abroad Trip, TBA

Rome Study Abroad Trip, May 28 - June 28

London Study Abroad Trip, TBA

Important Dates

Board of Elections Night, Tue., Nov. 8

20 students in Dr. Gene Beaupre's Mass Media and Politics class performed media interviews on city cable analyzing campaign results and providing insights into what they learned from their campaign work.

PPP Retreat, Fri., Jan. 27th - Sat., January 28

The retreat successfully brought together students and faculty to think about what the program means to them and their futures. Alumni demonstrated the different ways that members of the program can take their degree after they leave, and their success stories and advice were great for the current students to see.

PPP Retreat Brunch, Sun., Jan. 29

PPP undergraduates, faculty, alumni, and support staff came together to enjoy time together. This year's group was larger than ever with about 15 alumni, over 5 faculty, and over 25 current undergraduates.

D.C. Trip, Sat., Mar. 17 - Tue., Mar. 20

4 faculty, 1 alumni, 8 upperclassmen, and 18 members of Dr. Beaupre's Public Policy Practice Class traveled to Washington DC. They conducted over 30 meetings with legislative staff, federal agencies, think tanks, and other groups to learn more about pre-K education and form-based codes, a type of land use/zoning issue.

Senior Thesis Presentations, May 16

11 seniors took twenty minutes each to present their senior thesis projects, the 30-50 page documents that they have worked on throughout their whole semester.