Doctoral candidate named to AEI’s Education Policy Academy

Diyi Li

Diyi Li, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics, has been named to the American Enterprise Institute’s Education Policy Academy class of 2016.

Li will travel to Washington, D.C., for the fully funded program, which runs from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6. Roughly 20 students are chosen each year, according to AEI’s website.

“It will be a great opportunity to build up a network of other scholars doing relevant research,” Li said. “More importantly, I hope it will introduce me to new and innovative research ideas by learning from experts in education policy and talking with fellow students from various disciplines.”

The academy comprises graduate students pursuing degrees in social sciences, law, public policy and business. Scholars selected for the program study debates in education with scholars in the field.

Li called the academy “a good fit” because higher education is his primary research interest. He said associate professor Cory Koedel, his adviser, encouraged him to apply to the program.

“I am thrilled that Diyi is among the selected group of young scholars who have been invited to participate in the Education Policy Academy. This is a great opportunity and a reflection of Diyi’s hard work and dedication to his studies in the economics Ph.D. program thus far,” Koedel said.