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Upskilling with the Public Policy and Management Program: Q&A with Dr Pallave Dasari

Posted 27th October 2021

Dr Pallave Dasari studied the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management to be better equipped to address the challenges to translating research outcomes. Dr Dasari is also one of the first recipients to receive the prestigious Downer-Rann Scholarships for outstanding academic merit.

A Research Development Coordinator at the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Pallave couples the skills she has gained from her Master's degree from CMU-A with her PhD in Philosophy from Flinders University of South Australia and scientific background to further advance her career. With over 22 scientific publications, Pallave was inducted into the inaugural "Superstars of STEM" program by Science and Technology Australia (STA) in 2017.


My Master’s degree gave me skills in policy, finance, data, and other areas which built up my career skill-set that added to my science degrees. This up-skilling allowed me to step beyond academic research into a career for translating science beyond the bench.

Dr Pallave Dasari (seated far right) with fellow students at the CMU Australia campus

How did your Master's degree in Public Policy and Management help you with your career goals?

My degree gave me skills in policy, finance, data, and other areas which built up my career skill-set that added to my science degrees. This up-skilling allowed me to step beyond academic research into a career for translating science beyond the bench.

So why Carnegie Mellon University Australia?

I chose Carnegie Mellon University for their international reputation and excellence which translated into a strong degree with international teaching faculty which would give me credibility with future employers for my mid-career change. I was pleased to be able to study in Australia because it gave me the international student experience of studying in an American university while remaining in Adelaide.


Why did you choose the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management?

The Heinz College of CMU is 6th leading school internationally for public policy which measured the quality of the degree. The degree was also a rigorous and quantitative course in policy, finance, and management that I appreciated as a medical research academic expert in immunology. My career background emphasises rigour, data, and evidence, and those factors were strongly present in this degree.


How have you found your time studying with CMU-A?

I enjoyed my time at CMU-A although that time was a very exhausting period in my life. I found the CMU-A teaching and support faculty to be incredibly helpful and accessible during this very busy time.


What’s your best memory of studying at CMU-A?

I enjoyed lectures from some of my professors who were very engaging and eager to teach new concepts and ideas. And I liked to debate and discuss these ideas with them to better understand these concepts.


What are the three key pieces of advice you can give students coming into CMU-A?

The workload is incredibly heavy with tight deadlines so time management and discipline is essential for the degree. Second, ensure you eat healthy food, exercise everyday, sleep well every night, and reserve time to socialise away from CMU-A. And third, enjoy your time at CMU-A being exposed to new ideas and dive into the intellectual life of the university.

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