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Karine Tiemi Yuki '13
Political Science & Physics

Karine Tiemi Yuki

The Political Science Department at MIT has contributed immensely to my academic and personal growth. The fact that it is a small department creates a familiar and close-knit atmosphere, in which professors actually know and care for every single student in class. Choosing to be a Political Science major was perhaps one of the best decisions I've made at MIT.

As a double major in Political Science and Physics, I'm often asked about how this strange combination happened. Although this was not immediately obvious to me in the beginning, I can now understand better how to merge these two majors: Physics provides me with an extremely logical and rigorous framework for organizing my thoughts and approaching problems, whereas Political Science allows me to apply such framework to public policy issues that can have a tremendous social impact. Some of the material in Physics has also helped me in my work with nuclear policy. In 2011, I worked for Mexico's National Institute for Nuclear Investigation on a research on public opinion about nuclear energy. I've also had the opportunity to work with the former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency on a research about nuclear proliferation.

I am currently interning at the World Bank and exploring some possibilities in international development. This opportunity also happened through the Political Science Department's MIT Washington Summer Internship Program. In Washington, DC, it is clear that policy-makers value the MIT Political Science Department, as well as the quantitative skills MIT students have. I highly recommend the Political Science program to anyone who wants to engage in solving some of the most complex problems in the national and international scenarios.

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