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Undergraduate Public Policy Contest Opportunity


St. Norbert College is cosponsoring a contest for students to help influence U.S. retirement policy. The contest is called "The iOme Challenge" and it asks students to write an essay and develop a short video that illustrate some of the economic issues associated with U.S. retirement policy.

The blue ribbon panel that will judge the finalists includes James Choi, a finance professor at Yale University; John List, an economics professor at the University of Chicago; Don Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Laura Schwartz, the White House director of Events for President Clinton and principal at White House Strategies; Martin Merzer, a long-time journalist at the Miami Hearld and principal at Creative Services; and Aaron Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar Systems and #1 on Inc. Magazine's "Top 30 Under 30" entrepreneurs.

The top prize is $15,000 to the winning student team and $1,000 to that team's faculty advisor. The winning team also will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with policymakers during the week following the President Obama's State of the Union address in January. There will be four honorable mention prizes of $2,500 each for runner-up teams and their faculty advisors.

More details and specific rules are available at The deadline for teams to file their "Intent to Submit" is October 15, 2009, with final entries due on December 31, 2009. Please let your students know about this opportunity, and encourage them to participate.

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