©2019 by Connor Rothschild


First Place, BISF Public Policy Competition

April 2018

Awarded first place in the Baker Institute Student Forum's fifth annual undergraduate public policy competition.

The award was in recognition of a 6000-word research paper and a 20 minute presentation on U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere; my partner and I’s paper critiqued current mechanisms for distributing food aid to Haiti. Awarded prize money and publication in the Rice Journal of Public Policy (Fall 2018 issue).
Judged by Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg, Dr. Francisco J. Monaldi, H. Richard Sindelar, and Oscar Arredondo. 

First Place, Houston-Centered Policy Design Competition

February 2018

Awarded first place at Rice University's inaugural Houston Centered Policy Design Competition.

Proposed an innovative, multi-home buyout system for the Meyerland community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Judged by Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen; former president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Lee Wunsch; City Council at-large 2 representative, David Robinson; director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Bill Fulton; and “flood czar” Stephen Costello.

First Place, International Extemporaneous Speaking

June 2017

National Champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking with the National Speech and Debate Association.

Competed against hundreds of high schoolers throughout 13 rounds.

Awarded prize money and a scholarship from the esteemed Council on Foreign Relations. A video of the final round can be found here.