Baker Institute Student Forum competition to feature undergraduate public policy proposals for energy

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David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Baker Institute Student Forum competition to feature undergraduate public policy proposals for energy

HOUSTON – (Sept. 15, 2014) – Twelve undergraduate finalist teams from universities across the country will present their policy proposals on how best to address existing problems or emerging opportunities in the energy sector and other areas of energy policy in the United States at the Baker Institute Student Forum (BISF)’s second annual public policy conference Sept. 20 at Rice University. Their presentations are open to the news media but not the public; however, the public is welcome to attend the evening awards ceremony, poster presentation and a keynote address by former Houston mayor Bill White.

BISF is the student voice of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Who:               Twelve undergraduate finalist teams from universities across the country will compete. Judges will be Houston-based energy and public policy experts. Keynote speaker will be Bill White, former mayor of Houston. White also served as deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration and is currently the chairman of Lazard Houston, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm.

What:             “Undergraduate Public Policy Competition on Energy Policy in the United States.”

When:             Saturday, Sept. 20. The policy proposals will be presented from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. White will present his keynote address at 6:30 p.m.; then the competition winners will be announced, followed by a poster session and dessert reception. The evening events run until 8 p.m. and are open to the public. (The policy proposal presentations are open to news media only.)

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

At the competition, the finalist teams will present their policy papers to a judges’ panel consisting of industry experts, academics and Baker Institute fellows.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and publication of their papers in The Rice Cultivator, BISF’s undergraduate public policy journal. All 12 teams will discuss their work with Baker Institute fellows, tour the Baker Institute and meet with representatives from government, industry and the renewables sector.

The universities represented will be Arizona State, Brown, Rice and Vanderbilt.

This event is supported by Shell Oil Company, Rice’s School of Social Sciences, the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rice’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduates and James Joseph Barnes.

To view the competition description, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/students/baker-institute-student-forum/policy-conference. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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