Daisy Ward, a junior at the University of Montana, is an honor student double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. Ms. Ward has established a record of excellence, both as a student on our campus and as an active member in the community. In either role, she has consistently exhibited the qualities of effective leadership and public service. Her commitment to promoting social change through the advancement of public policy is unparalleled. With the unique ability to look at complex issues from a holistic perspective, Ms. Ward truly carries herself in an egalitarian and diplomatic fashion. Moreover, through her advocacy efforts, Ms. Ward has given many under-represented groups in Montana an amplified voice in the policy process. In the future, Ms. Ward would like to focus her academic pursuits on the intersection between educational policy and federal law, an area she finds particularly fascinating. Through her dedication and solid work ethic, it is clear that Ms. Ward is positioning herself to be a future leader in our society and an agent of lasting social change.
I want to know why things happen the way they do, and as a biologist turned political science major, I am good at figuring it out. I have completed significant research about education and women's issues, including co-authoring a study about women's experiences with workplace policies. While I would like to make policy in the future, I have searched for varied experiences as a student at the University of Montana.I was an active member of student government, where I helped to shape university policy, and then served as a resident assistant, where I enacted it. I served as an intern in Senator Tester's office over the past year, where I saw how government processes I study in class affect constituents on a daily basis. In an internship last summer with a non-profit that helps women start their own businesses, I was able to design programming, write grants, and then see other programs carried out. My ability to look at a problem from many sides, from research to policy to everyday implementation, makes me a better student and a better policymaker. My fascination with the way things work means I can find out how to make them work better.