News › Outreach

UT Baker Center Announces Public Policy Challenge Winners

Category: Outreach

Second-place winners Morgan Faulk, Kristin Riggsbee and Marry Waddill

KNOXVILLE – Teams of UT students recently competed in the third annual Howard H. Baker Jr. Public Policy Challenge to provide solutions to local and national policy issues.

Named in honor of the late senator, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Public Policy Challenge is open to all UT undergraduates and graduate students.

Each of the eleven teams gave a five-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with competition judges. The students competed for cash prizes to further their policy solutions.

This year’s winners include:

  • First place: Born Drug Free in Tennessee, Lucas Stewart ($3,000)
  • Second place: Farm to UTK, Morgan Faulk, Kristin Riggsbee, and Marry Waddill ($1,000)
  • Third place: VOLCON, Guinevere Shaw, Mark Christian, Kaitlyn McNabney, and Michael Ashworth ($1,000)

“This was our first year to embed the challenge in UT courses, and we are very grateful to faculty who decided to do so, including Don Bruce, Danielle Atkins, Kimberly Sims, Marsha Spence, Ragan Schriver and our own Baker Center Learning Community,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, challenge creator and director. “Our judges also provided important feedback and are already reaching out to our winners to help them move their projects forward.”

Policy briefs and photos from the challenge are available on the Baker Center’s website.

Read the rest of this story at


Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Tyra Haag

Tags: , ,

Category: Outreach