University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Masters of Science in Threat and Response Management program at the University of Chicago’s Graham School is a multi-disciplinary program in emergency management. The program consists of a core curriculum, including topics such as legal issues, communications, public health, statistics, and mental health. The second year, students focus on one of two concentrations. Ian Feldman was a student in the Administrative Track, which included courses in systems engineering, technology, and financial and resource planning.
The program also required students to complete a capstone project. Ian Feldman’s capstone, done in collaboration with two other students, studied the relationship between Religion and Risk Perception. The project involved surveys done in three cities, as well as focus groups.
Rice University is a private research university located in the heart of Houston, TX, near the Texas Medical Center. The university has a number of departments who are well-recognized for their academics and research. In addition, the university works to ensure that its undergraduates get a broad-based education. This, combined with degree requirements, meant that in addition to his major in Mathematics and minor inSociology, Ian Feldman was able to take courses in a variety of subject areas, including policy studies, women and gender studies, and Spanish.
Rice University also values the role students can play in the University government. The undergraduate class is divided into eleven Residential Colleges, which serve both as dormitories and a community for their members. Ian Feldman served the student government of his college, Sid Richardson. He also received several service awards for his contributions to the college, and provided technical support to the college’s musical theater performances. In addition, Ian Feldman served on a University-wide committee charged with selecting the 2009 Commencement Speaker. The committee selected Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, and inaugurated a program where the Commencement Speaker helps select a graduating student for an award in the speaker’s name, honoring that student’s contributions to the values the speaker upholds.
Lincoln Park High School is a part of the Chicago Public Schools system, and is located just two miles north of Downtown Chicago and one mile from the city’s lakefront. The school features a well-respected International Baccalaureate program, as well as Double Honors and Honors selective-enrollment programs, music- and drama-focused programs, and a neighborhood high school program. The school ranks as one of the most diverse high schools in Chicago, and also is consistently recognized for the academic achievements of its students.
In addition to his academic studies, Ian Feldman participated in the school’s orchestra, which received awards at both the city and state Level; the math team, which also was recognized at the city and state levels, and the science fair, where he won several awards including Best in Category at the IJAS State Fair (2005) and was selected as an alternate to represent the City of Chicago at the International Science and Engineering Fair (2005).