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UEP Students Named APA Massachusetts Best Student Project Award
December 3, 2015
The American Planning Association - Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) committee has selected the "Making College Square: Leveraging Public Transportation for a Safer and Greener Campus", Tufts UEP field project to receive the Student Project Award this year. The award honors an individual or group for an outstanding project. The award will be formally presented at the APA-MA/MAPD Annual Awards & Luncheon on Friday, December 11. The "Making College Square" field project researched how the planned MBTA green line extension would influence the area surrounding College Avenue and Tufts University. It was authored by UEP students Betsy Byrum, Nathaniel Fink, Rayn Riel, and Xiang Yu.

Kathleen O'Brien Awarded 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize
October 28, 2015
On Thursday, October 28, the City of Everett was awarded with the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize. UEP student Kathleen O'Brien, Director of the Everett Community Health Partnership, helped the City earn the award. The prize is awarded to communities for working to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to live a longer, healthier and more productive life. As Director, Kathleen has helped Everett improve the health and quality of life of its people by creating opportunities for individuals, families and organizations to work collaboratively and strategically in addressing important challenges facing the community. Learn more >

Joel Wool quoted in Boston Globe article on Gas Leak Prevention
September 17, 2015
UEP 2nd year MA student Joel Wool was quoted in a Boston Globe article recently with regards to the ongoing problem of gas leaks in the Boston area. Advocates groups held a mock birthday party for a 30 year old gas leak to raise awareness about the issue. Learn more >

Becca Schofield Named a Kuehn Fellow
May 14, 2015
UEP student Becca Schofield was named a Kuehn Fellow recently. The Kuehn Fellows program works with the goal to inspire and equip men and women at the start of their careers to follow Bob's Kuehn's vision and vocation in community preservation and to add capacity to affordable housing nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts. Through the two year fellowship, Becca with be assisting Homeowner's Rehab in Cambridge. Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. is a nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of housing for low- and moderate-income residents, primarily families. Becca also has experience from work as a Portfolio Associate at Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. More information about the Kuehn Fellowship is available here.

Jonathan Diaz Awarded by Tufts for Public Service
May 1, 2015
UEP first year MA student Jonathan Diaz was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service for his work with various Tufts organizations and community service work. Jonathan's experience included Tufts University - Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP) where he participates in providing support to recently resettled refugees in the greater Boston area. Jonathan along with another member of TU-RAP were selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University and present on a new mentorship program designed for unaccompanied minors in the Somerville area. He has also been a volunteer for Environment America and the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. While at Environment America, Jonathan worked on a solar energy campaign identifying officials in support of solar energy in Massachusetts and researching examples of solar energy use nationwide. At the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, Jonathan volunteered to write a report focusing on the analysis of impediments to fair housing. Jonathan's efforts focused on identifying the progress of measures being taken towards the alleviation of housing discrimination in Medford, Everett, and Belmont.

UEP student Rebecca Tumposky awarded Robert M. Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship
March 16, 2015
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering recently selected UEP MA student Rebecca Tumposky for the Robert M. Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship. The award recognizes graduate students who have contributed their time and effort to the community outside of Tufts. This contribution could be in the form of volunteer work, activism in community issues, or participation in public service activities. The award ceremony will be on April 24th at the Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.

UEP student Kristin Haas awarded Outstanding Academic Scholarship (Master's Level) Award
March 16, 2015
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering recently selected UEP MA student Kristin Haas for Outstanding Academic Scholarship (Master’s Level) Award. This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. The award ceremony will be on April 24th at the Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center.