Since graduating from Bosque in 2015, Neel Roy has found success in many different facets of his life. This past May, he graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in Economics and a minor in both Mathematics and Chemistry. “Throughout my college years, I found myself drawn to the quantitative rigor of science and also the collaborative, humanistic nature of policy-making. In economics, you find an intersection of the two,” said Neel.
While at Texas Tech, Neel found a passion in giving back to the youth in his community. “I’ve always enjoyed working with kids,” said Neel. As a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club, he became aware of the unmet need for volunteer support and the potential supply that Texas Tech could provide. He started connecting people and ended up founding a new organization called the Lubbock Youth Outreach. Serving as the president of the program, he directed and supervised approximately 125 volunteers who provided tutoring and mentoring services to over 750 young people in Lubbock. Under his direction, the program took off and became the most active volunteer organization at Texas Tech. The program also received “New Student Organization of the Year” by the college for the 2017–18 school year.
Aside from volunteering, Neel has also had an active work life. As an undergraduate student, Neel had the opportunity to work in the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall as a Senate Intern and joined U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar as a Congressional Intern. He has also worked as a Policy Research Intern for Think New Mexico and in other research positions at his university.
Neel left Texas Tech with a strong interest in public policy and health sciences. In July, Neel became the Title V Program Intern at New Mexico Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Services. In November, he started a new position as a Health Policy and Research Associate at New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Office of the Cabinet Secretary. In this new position, he conducts background literature studies to support activities of the senior staff, coordinates with content experts from NMDOH, supports the design and development of external funding applications, and much more.
Neel says that the Senior Thesis program at Bosque School was the first glimpse he had into the world of research. “It was a really great introduction as a high school student.” He added, “That experience really gave me the nudge into the research world that I ran with in college.”
When Neel isn’t busy researching or working, you can find him hiking, reading fiction, playing basketball, or having fun with his drum set.