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End-of-Year Awards, Spring 2021

Barry Bluestone “Think and Do” Award
The Barry Bluestone “Think and Do” Award recognizes the Capstone project that embodies our ideal of timely, evidence-based, policy-focused research that addresses an important problem for a client with an intent of positive social change.

  • Fall 2020 | Policies to Ameliorate the Impact of Student Off-campus Housing on Roxbury’s Housing
    Client: The American City Coalition
    Team Members: Elizabeth Biskar, Helen Hemley, Dylan Ricker, Lin Zhai
  • Spring 2021 | Assessing the Feasibility of an Unarmed Emergency Response Unit in Lynn, MA
    Client: New Lynn Coalition
    Team Members: Georgia Hamilton and James English

Graduate Student Leadership Award
The Graduate Student Leadership Award is given to a student who demonstrates not only the desire to build a strong community among SPPUA students, but also the will to follow through on that desire.

  • Meghan Ryan, Master of Public Policy

Community Impact Award
The Community Impact Award is given to a student who demonstrates a deep commitment to partnering with others to address community issues and thereby bring about transformative change.­

  • Mehrnaz Amiri, MS in Urban Informatics
  • Delorean Sheridan, Master of Public Administration
  • Sebastian Zapata, MS in Urban Planning and Policy

Outstanding Academic Performance Award
The Outstanding Academic Performance Award is given to the graduate (Master’s or PhD) with the highest GPA.

  • Jillian Jacobson, MA in International Affairs
  • Yuan Ji, Master of Public Administration
  • Christopher Klem, MS in Urban Planning and Policy
  • Dylan Ricker, Master of Public Policy
  • Xin Shu, MS in Urban Informatics

School Spirit Award
The School Spirit Award recognizes a student who with their academic achievements, outstanding service to the University and larger community, and commitment to putting research into practice embodies the SPPUA spirit.

  • Anna Demina, MS in Urban Planning and Policy
  • Alison Jones, MA in International Affairs
  • Julia Vasta, Master of Public Policy
  • Grecia White, MS in Urban Informatics

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