Student Highlights Archive


October 2007

Alyson Abbruzzi wins NJPHA Book Phair contest
Alyson Abbruzzi, undergraduate public health major, won the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA) Book PHair essay contest. She received the award at a ceremony held at William Paterson University.


April 2007
Matthew Ferguson Wins 'Above & Beyond' Award
MCRP student Matthew Ferguson won an “Above & Beyond Award" from the Rutgers Office of Sexual Assault Services/Crime Victim Assistance. A resident director, Matt recruited his staff and residents to attend the RU Safe? program and volunteered his services in creating a Men Against Sexual Assault group and recruiting members.


March 2007
Sophonie Joseph Awarded Fellowship
Undergraduate student Sophonie Joseph has won a fellowship for the 2007-2008 school year from the Minority Academic Careers Program at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown.


March 2007
Kevin Henry Gains Internship with Federal Reserve Bank
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York awarded Kevin Henry, the first student enrolled in the Bloustein School’s dual MPP-MBA program, a position in its Graduate Summer Analyst Program.



December 2006
Robert Checchio Receives Grant
Robert Checchio, Ph.D. student studying transportation and economics, has been awarded a $2,000 grant by the Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf Aviation Fund to study the regional economic effects of new aviation technology. The Wolf Aviation Fund was created to help individuals work together in support of general aviation.


October 2006
Philip Ashton Receives Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning
Dissertation Title: "Advantage or Disadvantage? The Changing Institutional Landscape of Central City Mortgage Lending." David Listokin, Faculty Supervisor.


This award recognizes superior scholarship in a doctoral dissertation completed by a student enrolled in an ACSP-member school. The committee seeks a thesis that is original, well written, employs methods elegantly, offers lessons pertinent to central issues in the field of planning, and provides guidance about how planners or governments should make choices. Nominees must have received the doctoral degree in the two years preceding the deadline (May 2004 through June 2006). The work is expected to be presented at the 2006 ACSP Conference where the award is presented.


Past winners include:
Kurt Paulsen (2005). Dissertation Title: "Land Use and Locational Justice: Land Use and Fiscal Policies of New Jersey Municipalities”. Donald Krueckeberg, Faculty Supervisor

Anna Laura Wolf-Powers (2004), Dissertation Title: "The Effect of Labor Market Intermediaries on Career Opportunity for Non-College-Educated Workers: A Supply-And Demand-Side Analysis". Ann Markusen, Faculty Supervisor


July 2006
Justin Hollander Receives Fellowship
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy awarded Justin Hollander a $10,000 fellowship for research on his dissertation entitled, “Unwanted, Polluted and Dangerous: America’s Worst Abandoned Properties and What Can be Done About Them.”


July 2006
LaTanya Harry Receives Fellowship
The New York City Bar Association awarded MCRP/JD student LaTanya Harry a Thurgood Marshall Fellowship. She will assist the Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee.


Bloustein School student named the Inaugural Undergraduate University Commencement Speaker
Bloustein School student, Sarita Pillai, was named the Inaugural Undergraduate University Commencement Speaker. She was unanimously selected by a university-wide selection committee.

Access to Justice Scholarship
MCRP/JD student LaTanya Harry has won the "Access to Justice Scholarship" of the National Association of Women Judges (District III). The scholarship is awarded to law students who have demonstrated a sustained and passionate commitment to the achievement of equality of opportunity and access in the system of justice. LaTanya is one of two recipients of this prestigious award for 2006.