Undergraduate Research Gets Real in Public-Policy Programs

Undergraduate Research Gets Real in Public-Policy Programs 1

M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

Richard D'Amato, now a graduate of Dartmouth College, presented his policy research on the process of establishing new energy plants to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Water pollution in Vermont's lakes, rivers, and streams has troubled David L. Deen for years. But before the longtime state lawmaker could propose one potential solution, a public utility to treat storm water, he needed to know more about similar projects elsewhere and their financing.

The challenge: 180 members of Vermont's legislature share just one in-house researcher. So when Dartmouth College contacted Mr. Deen, a Democrat, last fall to ask if he had any research projects