USC Price to host Regional Policy Challenge in February

December 18, 2013

USC Price students, from left, Julia Johnson, Jacquelyn Chou, Rhett-Alexander Paranay and Paul Chung display their trophy after winning the 2013 West Region competition at the University of Washington.

The USC Price School of Public Policy will be hosting the West regional competition of the 2014 Policy Solutions Challenge on Feb. 22-23. The focus of this year’s challenge addresses the issue of improving employment and earnings outcomes for younger workers.

Last year, the Price School team consisting of master’s students Paul Chung, Rhett Paranay, Julia Johnson and Jacqueline Chou, under the faculty advisement of Diane Yoder, won the West region competition.

Students may form their own team, or apply as an individual. In the event that there is more than one team competing for the Price School, there will be an internal competition the week before to determine who will represent the school in the challenge.

All interested USC Price students must email Suzanne Alexander, program administrator in graduate programs in public policy and management, at, indicating their interest no later than Friday, December 20, at 3 p.m.

In the email, students must list their name as shown on the USC academic record, as well as any preferred name and student ID number. Please attach a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for participating in the challenge. Additionally, please attach a current resume.

All details regarding the challenge can be found online at

The Office of the Dean will pay for the team’s entry fee, and the Price School will assist with $400 in travel expenses per student, should the team advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C.