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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.

Meet the 2019 Dyer Fellows

Tiffany Dantzler is a Coastal Carolina University student from Beaufort, S.C. She is majoring in intelligence and national security with minors in Tiffany Dantzler (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellowcriminology and African Diaspora studies. As a Dyer Fellow, Tiffany will research the school districts that comprise the "Corridor of Shame" in S.C. As someone who has attended schools in this area of the state, she understands first-hand the need for a more equitable approach to funding school districts state-wide. Tiffany hopes to use this research to compare and contrast U.S. educational policies with that of the policies in the South African education system. Through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, Tiffany is seeking placement as an English teaching assistant position South Africa. Upon graduation, she will attend graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in international relations.

  • Research Topic: Analysis of teacher retention in the underfunded school districts that make the “Corridor of Shame.”

Kai Legette-Gideon is a Coastal Carolina University student from Orangeburg, S.C., majoring in politicalKai Legette Gideon (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellow science and minoring in philosophy and business administration. He is interested in political organizing for progressive causes. As part of his research with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Kai will provide a descriptive analysis for the distribution of funds for the Community Development Block Grant program in South Carolina. With this research, he hopes to convey effective methods to distribute grant funds. Upon graduation, Kai plans to attend George Washington University graduate school studying political management and public policy. As a career, he aspires to start a political firm emphasizing election strategies, fund raising, polling opinions, and policy research.

  • Research Topic: Descriptive analysis of the distribution of funds in the Community Development Block Grant program within South Carolina

Krystina Millar is a Coastal Carolina University student from Murrells Inlet, S.C. She is majoring in sociology and minoring in women’s and genderKrystina Millar (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellow studies. Her interests include gender, sexuality, health and social justice. As part of her fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Krystina will conduct a comprehensive analysis of federal and state prison policies related to transgender-specific health care in the U.S. She hopes this research will improve public awareness of the transgender population and how policies affect vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system. Upon graduating, Krystina plans on attending a Ph.D. program in sociology with a focus in gender and health.

  • Research topic: Transgender health care policies in the United States prison system

Maddy Scholar is a Coastal Carolina University student from Marietta, G.A., and is majoring in intelligence and national security studies. She is interested in law enforcement, specifically narcotics prevention. As part of her fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Maddy will research the implications of decriminalizing marijuana in the U.S. Her research will examine the costs and benefits of decriminalization as well as how it has created complications between federal and state laws. Upon graduation, she will attend graduate school in England, U.K., for a peace and conflict resolution master’s degree.

  • Research Topic: Implications of Marijuana Decriminalization

Brittany Shaughnessy is a Coastal Carolina University student from Myrtle Beach, S.C., majoring in Brittany Shaughnessy (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellowcommunication with a concentration in broadcast news, and a minor in political science. Her research interests include media effects and political communication, which will be expanded upon in the Dyer Fellowship. As part of her fellowship, she will be studying the bias that exists in the United States media, and how that bias is misinforming the public. From the bias, brings the “fake news” phenomenon. As former assistant editor for The Chanticleer newspaper on campus, Brittany has had first-hand experience in the journalism field. Upon graduating, Brittany plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in communication.

  • Research Topic: United States’ media bias and ‘fake news’ phenomenon

Monica Twarog is a Coastal Carolina University student from Worcester, M.A. She is studying political scienceMonica Twarog (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellow with a concentration on domestic politics. As part of her fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Monica will be conducting research on improving South Carolina's election security. With this research, she hopes to educate the public on the policy changes necessary to secure elections and protect the rights of South Carolina voters.

  • Research Topic: South Carolina election security reform


Coleman Warner is a Coastal Carolina University student from Myrtle Beach, S.C., majoring in political Coleman Warner (200x200) Added Nov 2018 Dyer Fellowscience with a concentration in domestic politics along with a minor in English. Coleman’s interest revolves around campaigns and elections, the American judicial system, and fiction writing. His research for the fellowship will examine the issues within the three different methods that States use to select judges. The goal is to produce an improved method that will limit the existing issues and serve as an alternative for States. After graduating, Coleman hopes to earn a law degree and begin a career in criminal law and/or earn an M.F.A.

  • Research Topic: State’s methods of selecting judges and creating a reform system to remove issues within the methods.

 

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