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Dyer Fellowship Program

The Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy brings together a group of Coastal Carolina students from all colleges and degree programs to participate in the Dyer Fellowship Program.

The Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy engages students in active learning opportunities where they gain knowledge in various areas of policy research. Students connect academic theory to practice, becoming engaged civic-minded citizens.

Dyer Fellows receive a monthly stipend and their expenses paid for a spring trip to Washington, D.C. They also meet regularly with a dedicated faculty adviser to guide their research throughout the semester.

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  • Dyer Fellows, Washington, DC 2018 - March 2018

    2018 Dyer Fellows Go to Washington, DC

    (From Left to Right): Nicholas Smith, Emily Taylor, Alexandria Putman, Allie Sheets, and John Quinn)

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  • Dyer Fellows visited Washington D.C., where they were invited to tour the capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice.

    Touring U.S. capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice

    The Dyer Fellows visited Washington D.C. where they were invited to tour U.S. capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice.

  • Dyer Website Etiquette Dinner (1018x729)

    Fellowship students attend etiquette dinner.

    The Dyer Institute hosted and etiquette dinner for all CCU fellowship students. The event was led by Debbie Connor, PhD., Vice President of Campus Life and Student Engagement.

  • The Dyer Fellows visited the Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course in Charleston. The goal of the trip was to focus on team building and team bonding.

    Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course

    The Dyer Fellows visited the Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course in Charleston. The goal of the trip was to focus on team building and team bonding.

  • The Dyer Fellowship program annually holds a Research Symposium for the Fellows to present their year long research project. Each student focuses on a public policy topic of their interest.

    Dyer Research Symposium

    The Dyer Fellowship program annually holds a Research Symposium for the Fellows to present their year long research project. Each student focuses on a public policy topic of their interest.

  • Workshop

    Interactive Workshops

    The Dyer Fellowship program hosts a series of workshops for Fellows which cover important matters such as how to create and execute surveys, write policy briefs and craft press releases.

2021 Dyer Fellows

Lily Howie Dyer Fellow 2021Lily Howie is from Fayetteville, N.C., and earned a master’s degree in coastal marine and wetland studies in 2020. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in coastal and marine systems science. Howie earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from East Carolina University, assisting with paleoclimate research on North Carolina’s barrier island systems, and is now studying the effects of modern climate change and flooding on resource-poor communities in South Carolina. Her research will examine the need for climate education in South Carolina and help develop educational resources that can be put to use both in public outreach and in South Carolina’s schools. By tailoring resources on climate science, sea level rise, and flood mitigation to the South Carolina Academic Standards for Science, her work aims to create and distribute educational resources that are accessible and user-friendly for both K-12 students and the general public. Upon completion of her dissertation, she plans to pursue a research career in public outreach and climate policy. 

Research Topic: The need for accessible public education about climate change and flood mitigation in South Carolina.

 

Stephen Ross Dyer Fellow 2021Bryce Ross is from Conway, S.C., and is a communication studies major with a minor in political science, with interests in social justice, queer politics, and critical theory. As a part of his fellowship, Ross will analyze public knowledge and opinion of South Carolina’s dated sexual health curriculum within the public schools. With this research, Ross hopes to develop updated and inclusive means of teaching students about sexual health and related resources. Upon graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in academia.

 

Research topic: Analyzing opinions of abstinence-based and queer-exclusive sexual health education.

 

Holly McGrath Dyer Fellow 2021Holly McGrath is from Northeastern Connecticut, and is a double major in intelligence and national security, and psychology with a pre-law minor. She also is a member of the Chanticleer Dance Team. As part of her fellowship, she will be researching the balance of the protection of civil rights and civil liberties with the importance of maintaining national security. Her research will look into legislation having to do with privacy laws and how it has impacted the intelligence community. With this research, she hopes to identify a middle ground from which possible policy recommendations can be developed. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school abroad.

             Research Topic: Privacy laws and their impact on the U.S. intelligence community.

 

Madison Earl Dyer Fellow 2021Madison Earl is from Odenton, Md., and is an honors student studying political science with minors in marketing, international political economy, and women and gender studies. As part of her fellowship, she will research parental leave and focus on the impact and relationship between paid leave and the duration of leave. She hopes to find a policy solution that benefits parents in the state of South Carolina. After graduation, she plans on either joining the U.S. Air Force or attending grad school to study public policy as it relates to women's issues. 

             

Research Topic: Parental leave and how it can be improved in the state of South Carolina.

 

Sarah McGonigle Dyed Fellow 2021Sarah McGonigle is from Bear, Del., and is a political science major with a minor in English. She is interested in how the growth of technology and its importance will continually affect the world in terms of social media. As part of her research, she will study the myriad of issues arising from social media culture to then assess the benefits of having media literacy taught in South Carolina classrooms. Media literacy is defined as the ability to think critically and identify messages from several media platforms, which can help students as they enter an electronically communication driven environment. McGonigle hopes to spread awareness about mental health repercussions and disinformation on social media through reaching younger generations in school. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in political communication.

 Research Topic: How media literacy lessons in South Carolina schools can reduce negative side effects of internet platforms.