Dessel named to 2012-2013 Presidential Fellows Program

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andy Dessel, a junior Schreyer Honors College student majoring in public policy at Penn State Harrisburg, has been selected as Penn State's only representative to the year-long Presidential Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Fellows Program, operated by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, offers up to 75 top undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the study of the U.S. Presidency; the President's relations with Congress, allies, the media and the public; and the public policymaking process. Presidential Fellows are selected by their colleges and universities with guidance from the Center. Since the program's creation in 1970, slightly more than 1,000 students have participated.

As a participant in the Presidential Fellows Program, Dessel has attended policy workshops in Washington, D.C., networked and interacted with other Fellows and national leaders, and completed a 30-page research paper to compute for future publication in the yearly anthology, The Fellow Review. Dessel's research examines the influence of social media on presidential elections, a topic that combined his interest in both politics and communications. 

Dessel, who is a student representative on the University Faculty Senate, is from Chambersburg, Pa. He is president of Penn State Harrisburg's Lion Ambassadors and co-founder of the Current Affairs Club.

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Last Updated January 10, 2014