May 6, 2009
DALLAS (SMU) — Junior Cody Meador has been named a student Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C.
The political science major in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
is one of 85 students from across the country invited to the center’s weekend conferences on leadership and governance in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. There, Meador will have the opportunity to interact with high-level government officials involved in the policy-making process. She also will develop and present a research paper with the guidance of a mentor provided by the nonprofit, nonpartisan center.
Meador says she intends to examine the consequences of presidential action and inaction on global environmental treaties, including the impact of the American presidency on international efforts to curb global warming through treaties.
“Climate change presents one of the biggest challenges of our times,” Meador says, adding that she hopes to explore how America’s leaders can more effectively take positive action on the issue.
Meador, a Dallas native who attended the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, says she has developed a deep interest in public policy during her time at SMU. She founded Democracy Matters SMU, a student group that focuses on campaign finance reform at all levels of government. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of Hilltopics, a biweekly newsletter sponsored by the SMU Honors Program.
Meador says the fellowship is “an excellent opportunity to explore a new area of interest in depth and to interact with professionals who work on policy and policy-related issues in Washington, D.C.”
Associate History Professor Ben Johnson, who advised Meador on the proposal, says she is addressing “a critical and timely issue of importance to every inhabitant of the planet. The fellowship will allow her to pursue this study with the guidance of leading scholars of the presidency.”
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— Story by Theresa Nelson (’09)