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Celebrate UEP's Neighborhood Fellows
November 9, 2014
Each year since 2005, UEP welcomes up to five experienced urban leaders into the Neighborhood Fellows program. All of the Neighborhood Fellows possess extensive experience and significant leadership in their work with urban communities. Review the profiles of the 2013 and 2014 Neighborhood Fellows.

Tufts UEP Student Kristine Keeney Awarded the Diana Donald Scholarship from the Connecticut chapter of the American Planning Association
October 30, 2014
Congratulations to UEP student Kristine Keeney as she has been awarded the 2014 Diana Donald Scholarship!
The program awards the scholarship to a student pursuing a graduate degree in planning. The award is for Connecticut residents who demonstrate the ability to work effectively in groups and with the public and who posses superior academic skills.

Peter Ciurczak Interns at Sustainable Energy Advantage
September 11, 2014
Sustainable Energy Advantage (S.E.A.) is a renewable energy (RE) consulting firm that focuses solely on the renewables market in the Northeastern United States, primarily in New England. S.E.A. studies the renewables market very closely, and is often one of the first resources developers turn to in order to decide whether a project is economically sound. In addition, S.E.A. puts out a weekly analysis of RE policy and regulation that takes into account decisions at all levels of government (regional, state, local), in order to provide developers with timely information allowing them to make better investment decisions.

While at S.E.A., Peter worked on the Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC), which will be the host of non-partisan data and resources on wind energy in the Northeast. Some of his tasks for this project included putting together the barebones structure of the libraries that will be used, as well as research on wind siting issues in the region. He also helped set up resources for the steering committee, which will help them make decisions about the NWRC's direction.

Peter was following renewable energy for some time before working at S.E.A., but had never worked in the industry itself. On the advice of a friend, he submitted his resume to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s internship program, and was happy to be selected!

Sarah Jimenez Wins Social Justice Research Fellowship
September 10, 2014
UEP 2nd year MA student Sarah Jimenez has been chosen for the Social Justice Research Fellowship of the Center for Popular Democracy/Community Labor United. This 1-year fellowship includes training and mentorship by the national Center for Popular Democracy, research practice with Community Labor United, and a $16,000 stipend. The fellowship's purpose is to expand the research capacity of social justice organizations and create a pipeline for the development and placement of social justice researchers, particularly among students of color.

Becca Toole interns in Ghana
June 18, 2014
Innovations for Poverty Action is an international NGO that strives for “More evidence, Less poverty.” The organization develops, tests, and scales solutions to an array of problems in developing countries across the globe. A majority of their projects are in conjunction with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. Becca is working on the DIRTS project (Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders), developed by Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry, Mathias Fosu, and Shashidhara Kolavalli. The project—a collaborative effort between Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool—seeks in increase the productivity and profitability of smallholder farming by facilitating the sharing of information on good agronomic practices, improving access to agricultural inputs, and encouraging the uptake of rainfall insurance as a risk mitigation strategy. DIRTS is currently being implemented in a total of 162 communities, in 12 districts of Ghana's Northern Region.

Becca's responsibilities include analyzing survey data on household economies, farm organization and productivity, and social networks; writing policy briefs; and developing household case studies. She had been interested in IPA and JPALs work for several years before applying. But, to secure the internship, she simply checked their internship listings this spring and applied!

UEP Student Kristine Keeney Awarded Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship
May 23, 2014
Congratulations to UEP student Kristine Keeney as she has been awarded a 2014 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship! The program awards fellowships to students pursuing a degree in transportation-related disciplines. The award letter reads "The objective of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) is to attract qualified students to the field of transportation and research, and advance transportation workforce development." Learn more >

Wheelock College Newspaper Interviews Sherra Cates
April 28, 2014
Read the interview with UEP student Sherra Cates by the Wheelock College Newspaper on her internship with the Aspire institute! Learn more >

Hear Me Out: A Storytelling Symposium 4/11/14
March 31, 2014
The Intercultural Practice group (IPG) presents Hear Me Out: An Intercultural Storytelling Symposium. This storytelling symposium will feature a panel discussion of academics, professionals, and organizers who will discuss how storytelling is used as an effective strategy. Additionally, a workshop lead by a professional from the Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly SmartMeme) will help attendees to better put storytelling to use. The IPG Symposium will take place between 12:30 PM - 5:00PM on Friday April 11, 2014 at Sophia Gordon Hall on Tufts University's Medford campus.

MPP Student Elaine Ng Receives 2014 Presidential Award!
March 26, 2014
Congratulations to February 2014 graduate of our MPP program Elaine Ng! Elaine just received the 2014 Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service.

The Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service was established in 1999 by then-President John DiBiaggio. Each year this award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across Tufts University for outstanding achievement in community service and community leadership.

Each winter, the President solicits nominations for the award from faculty and administrative leaders across the university. Students from any undergraduate major and all of the university's graduate and professional schools are eligible for nomination. Winners are announced in late spring and receive their awards at a celebratory breakfast hosted by the President shortly before the end of the academic year.

Marcy Ostberg Receives The Robert P. Guertin Student Leadership Award!
March 24, 2014
Congratulations to UEP student Marcy Ostberg who was awarded the 2014 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, Robert P. Guertin Student Leadership Award! This award recognizes outstanding graduate student leadership in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering. Evidence of nominees' leadership may include accomplishments in such areas as academic or social programming, curricular initiatives, supporting the work and lives of fellow students, community service, and/or developing improved policies. Nominees may be individuals or groups.

Tufts Energy Competition Award Winners!
March 13, 2014
Congratulations to the Dinnergy App team who, last Sunday won the Tufts energy competition for new and innovate technology! The team, made up of UEP student Peter Ciurczak, and Fletcher students Zoraida Velasco and Ruben Korenke, took home $3000 to pursue the development of an applicat ion that would allow students to measure their energy footprint through the food they eat at Tufts. With enough students interested, the team hopes to measureably shift consumption of food to less energy intensive methods. They hope to have the application ready for market for the fall semester.

Congratulations to the Tufts UEP Field Projects Team!
February 26, 2014
Congratulations to team members Ian Jakus, Tida Infahsaeng, Valerie Oorthuys, Denise Chin, and the Field Projects faculty! The AICP Student Project Awards Jury met on Friday, February 21, and selected UEP's submission "Urban Farming in Boston: A Survey of Opportunities" as a winner of the 2014 AICP Student Project Award for 2014. The project will receive the Award for Application of the Planning Process. These awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors Ceremony at the 2014 APA National Planning Conference in Atlanta and recognize outstanding class projects or papers by a student or group of students in planning programs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board that contribute to advances in the field of planning. The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C2, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA, 30313 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:45pm.

Liz Holden hired as Civic Engagement Fellow
February 18, 2014
Liz Holden was recently hired as the Civic Engagement Fellow for Duke University's Office of Civic Engagement in Durham, NC. In this position, Liz is primarily responsible for office communications, as well as some research and program coordination. The research she conducted as a UEP student on engaged universities has been particularly useful in preparing for a major project that will aim to help Duke faculty members better integrate their scholarship with local community needs.

The mission of the office is to incubate, coordinate, and amplify the many civic engagement activities that take place at Duke. Learn more by visiting the office's website.

Sherra Cates - Boston Women's Fund Allocations Committee
February 10, 2014
UEP and Child Development student Sherra Cates joins the Boston Women's Fund Allocations Committee for Fiscal Year 2014. Her experience, long-standing civic participation, and organizational and analytical skills, were said to make her an excellent addition. Together with other members of the Allocations Committee, she will be recommending to the Trustees of the Boston Women's Fund which community based grassroots organizations led by women and or girls should receive funding for Fiscal Year 2015.