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SFIS Master of Science and Technology Policy (MSTP) graduate Jordan Hibbs has been selected as a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) competition. The PMF is a government-sponsored, two-year training and development program for recent advanced degree graduates designed to cultivate a cadre of potential leaders. Fellows benefit from up to 160 hours of classroom training and four to six developmental assignments.
Jordan, the only ASU student to receive a PMF this year, applied for the fellowship at an SFIS professor’s urging. She was one of 6050 applicants who submitted resumes, transcripts, essay questions, and underwent both personality and situational judgment tests. Only 552, Jordan among them, became finalists.
This is not Jordan’s first time being singled out for a prestigious opportunity. Last summer, she was selected as 1 of 25 emerging leaders to visit the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mosaic Taiwan program. The participants explored both Taiwan’s natural beauty and the halls of government, meeting with the Environmental Protection Administration, the Mainland Affairs Council, the Legislative Yuan, and President Ma Ying-jeou.
Jordan attributes much of her success to her experience at ASU, where she “learned that research and technology can be a powerful tool that can bring about societal change and foster innovation.” In SFIS, she says, “I was able to blend my interests in human behavior, public policy, and complex community issues that reach from the local level to a nationwide audience. Through the exceptional coursework, supportive faculty, and career-oriented training, I feel ready to go out into the world and be an agent of change.”