News from the Bush School

Mosbacher Institute Awards Texas Lyceum Fellowship

January 29, 2018

Ashley Thomas

Ashley Thomas

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy is pleased to announce the selection of Ashley Thomas, Bush School Master of Public Service and Administration degree candidate, as the inaugural Texas Lyceum Fellow for 2018. The Texas Lyceum is an independent, nonpartisan institution dedicated to cultivating the state’s young leaders and promoting research-driven solutions to policy issues in Texas. The 2018 fellowship will support summer research on health policy issues in Texas.

After a rigorous application process, Ms. Thomas was chosen based on her interest in health policy, experience in quantitative analysis, and exemplary academic record. A 2015 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she double-majored in government and English, Ms. Thomas completed a one-year commitment with AmeriCorps before beginning classes at the Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2016. Ms. Thomas continued to hone her analytical skills during her graduate fellowship with Annie’s List in summer 2017 and expects to gain additional experience while completing her capstone project examining the economic impact of the nonprofit sector in Louisiana.

During the Texas Lyceum Fellowship, Ms. Thomas will spend the summer of 2018 exercising her data and public policy analysis skills while working with faculty member Dr. Laura Dague to conduct health policy research. The results of their work will be published in an issue of the Mosbacher Institute’s The Takeaway. Additionally, Ms. Thomas will present the research at the Texas Lyceum’s Public Conference (PubCon) on August 17, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Dague remarked, “I am very excited about this new partnership with the Texas Lyceum and the excellent research opportunity it provides for us. I look forward to a productive summer working with Ashley on important issues related to Medicaid and CHIP in Texas.” The Mosbacher Institute congratulates Ms. Thomas on her selection and is confident she will represent the Bush School well as the 2018 Texas Lyceum Fellow.