Student Highlights


Ralph Buehler
Ralph Buehler

Last fall, the Bloustein School captured its fourth consecutive Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP.) Ralph Buehler, who received his PhD in 2008 and now teaches at Virginia Tech University, won the 2008 award for his thesis, entitled, “Transport Policies, Travel Behavior, and Sustainability: A Comparison of Germany and the U.S.”

Professor John Pucher chaired Buehler’s dissertation committee; other members included University Professor Joseph J. Seneca, Professor Michael R. Greenberg, Associate Professor Radha Jagannathan, and Dr. Uwe Kunert, of the German Institute of Economic Research in Berlin.

The previous ACSP award winners from the Bloustein School were:

  • 2006—Philip Ashton, "Advantage or Disadvantage? The Changing Institutional Landscape of Central City Mortgage Lending." David Listokin, Faculty Supervisor
  • 2005 -- Kurt Paulsen, "Land Use and Locational Justice: Land Use and Fiscal Policies of New Jersey Municipalities.Donald Krueckeberg, Faculty Supervisor
  • 2004 -- Anna Laura Wolf-Powers, "The Effect of Labor Market Intermediaries on Career Opportunity for Non-College-Educated Workers: A Supply-And Demand-Side Analysis." Ann Markusen, Faculty Supervisor

There was no award presented for 2007. The Bloustein School's first ACSP award winner was Grant Saff in 1998 for his thesis, "Urban Policy, Urban Change and Residential Desegregation in South Africa during the Political Transition: the Case of Cape Town." Dr. Saff now chairs the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University.


Saesha Carlile, Emily Grant and Sara Meyers
Sara Meyers (top left), Emily Grant (top right) and
Saesha Carlile (bottom)

MPP students Saesha Carlile, Emily Grant, and Sara Meyers have been admitted to the federal government’s Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program class of 2009. Established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to outstanding students to federal service to manage public policies and programs, PMF is administered by the Office of Personnel Management. The program is designed for graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.


The Star-Ledger named Enrique Noguera, a planning and public policy undergraduate student, as its “Person of the Week” during last November for his grassroots work to create an urban version of a 4-H program in New Brunswick. Noguera participated in an internship with Lazos America Unida on the project.


Christopher Plasencia
Christopher Plasencia

Students in the Bloustein School's doctoral and masters graduate programs have been awarded financial support from the prestigious Ralph Bunche Graduate Fellowships, and the Rutgers Presidential Fellows program. MCRP student Christoper Plasencia (left) won a Bunche Fellowship, which provides a $15,000 stipend plus tuition. He joins fellow MCRP student Elmyra Jemison who was awarded a Bunche Fellowship in 2007. The Bunche Fellowships are designed to recruit new graduate students with exceptional qualifications who promote diversity.

Doctoral student Juan Rivero secured one of only nine Rutgers Presidential Fellowships which provide $30,000, tuition, and health coverage for two years, followed by three years of assistantship. The fellowships were created in 2006 by Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick to strengthen graduate education in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering at the university’s three campuses.


Na'imah Terry, an undergraduate in the planning and public policy program, was selected to represent New Jersey in this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. A junior from Jersey City, Terry attended a Capitol Hill reception, the Grand Ball and the annual Cherry Blossom parade. "We are very proud of our princess, her many academic accomplishments and her commitment to helping others," New Jersey State Society President Donise Cameron told the Jersey Journal. "She is a wonderful role model for young women and will represent New Jersey with distinction."