The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) employs several graduate research assistants each year. These are students working on their Master of Public Administration degrees who benefit from applied learning opportunites as they work alongside PPMC staff members on projects that advance public service.

Eryn Ebach | (316) 978-6338

Eryn was born in Detroit, Michigan, and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wichita State. She began WSU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2019. Before returning to WSU to pursue a graduate degree, Eryn worked in political and nonprofit fundraising. She enjoys listening to NPR/KMUW and is always on the lookout for an interesting book or podcast. Upon completion of her MPA, Eryn's dream is to one day work for the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a prevention scientist.

Abigail Hammack | (316) 978-6530

Abigail is a Wichita native with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Kansas State University. During her undergraduate education and after graduating in 2016, Abigail worked in higher education in the areas of student services and international education. Abigail is now pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree at WSU, and joined the PPMC as a graduate research assistant in 2019. Prior to deciding to return to school, Abigail was the Marketing Director for a regional economic development organization in Virginia. Her interest in the public sector remains in the areas of nonprofit leadership, and community and economic development. 

Drake Koops | (316) 978-6401

Drake began the Master of Public Administration program in Fall 2019 after graduating in May 2019 from Sterling College with undergraduate degrees in History and Criminal Justice: Pre-Law and a minor in Political Science. His hometown is Downs, Kan., a tiny town in North Central Kansas. He has been enjoying his time in Wichita getting used to all the traffic and fast food restaurants! In his free time, Drake can be found watching any and all types of movies, reading books, listening to podcasts, and playing with his two Standard Poodles. Drake's future career interest is serving as a Foreign Service Officer who runs the day-to-day operations of an embassy.