Four students awarded Archer fellowships

Congratulations to our students Tarsha Hardy, Sima Namin, Lorin Washington and Emily Worland, who have been awarded Archer Fellowships. The fellowships include attending an intensive federal policymaking course and serving as interns, at a venue of their choosing, in Washington DC this summer. Hardy, Namin and Washington are pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, while Worland is pursuing a Master of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

With appreciation to the Archer Center – UT System in Washington DC for providing these fellowships, Honors College Dean Karl Petruso and members of the selection committee for overseeing the process, and our provost, Ron Elsenbaumer, for generously supplementing the fellowships to provide these students with housing in DC.

Outstanding Student Project Award

Congratulations to our graduate research assistants working at the Institute of Urban Studies on the Palestine 2040 Plan! They have received notification that the project is a winner of the STaR (Small Town and Rural Planning) 2015 James A. Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Project from the American Planning Association. Julie Wyatt, Jack Rainwater, Cristine Baril, Jungsoo Kim, Yanikka Lemons, Kukhyoung Kim, and Glen Showers worked on the comprehensive plan for Palestine, TX, which is based on an analysis of carrying capacity and future growth scenarios, as well as extensive public input, and focuses on infrastructure and historic downtown investment toward economic growth. The award will be presented at the American Planning Association National Conference in Seattle in April.

Student Project wins award

Graduate Research Assistants working at the Institute of Urban Studies and in the Landscape Architecture Program, along with students from Dunbar High School, will be recognized with a Student Project Award from the Midwest Section of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association at their annual awards banquet in Fort Worth.

Under the guidance of Rhonda Fields, Special Projects Coordinator at the Institute, and Brian Guenzel, Director of the Institute, our students worked with the high school students to develop a proposal for the 2.3 acre Bunche Park, located adjacent to the high school, that feeds both mind and body.

Congratulations to Rhonda, Brian, and all the students on this successful project!

2015-2016 Scholarships open

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Current applications are for academic year 2015-2016. A separate application is required for each scholarship. The deadline for applications is Noon, Friday, January 16, 2015.

For eligibility requirements and/or to apply, go to the School’s Scholarships page.

MPA student awarded UMANT Scholarship

Congratulations to MPA student Kristina Ashton who was recently awarded the William J. Pitstick Memorial Scholarship! The $3,500 scholarship is given by UMANT, the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, which states that its purpose is “to provide support for deserving, academically promising students enrolled in graduate programs at universities in the North Central Texas area; specifically those seeking degrees in public administration, urban affairs, or a closely related field.” Kristina adds that she is “awfully proud to be awarded the scholarship.”

Alum, students win Texas APA Awards

A SUPA alumnus and graduate students were among the winners at the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter’s 2014 Awards:

Alumnus Doug McDonald (’09 MCRP, ’10 MPA), Senior Planner at the City of Plano, won the Chapter President’s Award.

Graduate students working at the Institute of Urban Studies won a Student Project Award (Honorable Mention) for their Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City of Palestine.

Congratulations – we’re so proud of our students and alumni!