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Student Profile: Priscilla Fisher

March 22, 2022
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Public Policy master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

I have a background in economics, and currently work in the SFU Experimental Economics Lab running economics experiments. My research interests include labour market and welfare state issues, with a focus on benefit stigma. I am also a former hairstylist, and passionate about seeing more women in the skilled trades!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

The School of Public Policy is so well respected in Canada, so it seemed like a no-brainer. Plus Vancouver is an absolutely stunning place to live!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My grandma regularly asks me what 'public policy' is - and most of the time I explain that it's related to government decisions. But it is so much more than that! It totally encompasses every aspect of our society and our day-to-day lives. Public policy is a great choice for people who want to make a difference in the world around them.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The School of Public Policy has an incredible faculty who I have a lot of respect and admiration for. Spending time with my professors and learning more about their research interests has definitely been a highlight!

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am the recipient of the Dean's Graduate Fellowship. This award has allowed me to focus on my program full-time, and has given me the space to commit to other activities such as being a student representative on a range of committees within the School of Public Policy and the Graduate Student Society. I am very grateful for the financial support I have received as an SFU student.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

The Master of Public Policy is an intensive and incredibly practical program that will prepare you for a career in policy. You will have opportunities to collaborate on a broad range of projects and learn the inner workings of all levels of government.

 

Contact : priscilla_fisher@sfu.ca

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