Nancy Fairbank

“I attribute much of my success in EPPS to the amazing professors I have had.”

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Major: Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • University of Texas System Student Advisory Council – Academic Affairs Chair (2014 – 2015)
  • Student Fee Committee – Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • No Labels – Texas State Director, President (2014 – 2015) & Co-Founder of the UT Dallas Chapter
  • McDermott Scholar
  • Fall 2015 Bill Archer Fellow
  • CV Honors College
  • Dean's List
  • Student Government – Vice President (2014-2015), Senator
  • Sociology research with Dr. Carol Lanham, presented at the Southern Sociological Society conference
  • Model United Nations – Distinguished Delegate Award
  • Kappa Alpha Theta member
  • Author of non-fiction book sharing the stories of homeless teenagers, publishing contract with Missouri State University

Deciding on Political Science

I have always been fascinated by the American political system and the fact that policy impacts almost every aspect of our daily lives. I knew that majoring in political science would allow me to delve into the intricacies of political decision making, both historically and in modern day. In addition, some of the most active professors I met when I first came to campus taught political science courses. While I came into UT Dallas without a declared major, taking classes and working with these incredible professors cemented the idea that political science was the right path for me.

My EPPS Success

I attribute much of my success in EPPS to the amazing professors I have had. I am continuously grateful and amazed at the amount of support I have received from my professors and I think that this support, along with being active and involved on campus, has helped me to be successful in EPPS.

Plans for the Future

Currently, I am receiving public affairs credit for an internship in Nicaragua working on the issue of child commercial sexual exploitation. I hope to attend law school after graduating in order to continue working on similar issues I am passionate about related to the protection of children and youth through law and policy.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Definitely get to know your professors - answer and ask questions in class, go to their office hours, and try and build a relationship with professors that you connect well with. Your professors are great people to know and can open the doors to so many opportunities. Also, get involved on campus! My time in Student Government and other organizations has been invaluable. It has both impacted me personally and has given me the chance to impact UT Dallas. Finally, make sure to check out the EPPS scholarships that are offered annually!

Other Interests

Travel, skiing, and the classic mug of tea + good book combo