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Student Organization

The Organization of Doctoral Students in Public Affairs and Policy (ODSPAP) serves several important functions in the PAP program. It selects a doctoral student to serve as a repre­sentative on the PAP Executive Committee, which also sits as an admissions committee. Faculty in each of the four academic units participating in the program often turn to ODS­PAP to help identify students to serve on faculty search and promotion and tenure commit­tees. ODSPAP organizes social events for doctoral students and faculty, provides support for incoming students, and generally enhances the experience of students as mem­bers of the PAP community.

All PAP students are eligible to join ODSPAP. The governing council consists of five student representatives, elected by the membership for two-year terms. PAP students wanting to become active in ODSPAP should send email to