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  • Recent Awards and Honors

    Research. Teaching. Scholarship. Service. Each year, Maxwell faculty, students and staff distinguish themselves as educators, investigators and future leaders committed to excellence in the public interest. Their awards and accolades are many. To follow is a partial list of notable recent honors.

  • Maxwell students named as University Scholars, highest undergrad honor

    Caitlin Harrison and Jacqueline Page, both international relations majors at the Maxwell School, were among the twelve seniors named as the 2018 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows. The scholars will also be honored at the One University awards ceremony on Friday, April 20, at Hendricks Chapel.


    Maxwell students win 2018 RvD iPrize

    Farm to Flame Energy, founded by Lee Mendes McKnight, a history major in the Maxwell School, and Rematriation Magazine, founded by Janet Flores, a geography major in the Maxwell School, were among the 13 student teams selected to win the 2018 RvD iPrize.


    Maxwell students awarded 2018 Foundations Scholarship

    Hayley Barbara Bermel ’19 BA (Soc) and Jordan Christian Nuber ’20 BA (IR) were among those selected to receive the 2018 Foundations Scholarship. Foundations is a workshop series that introduces Syracuse University students to essential life-skills.


    SU Hult Prize winners announced, history major leads winning team

    Farm to Flame Energy, founded by William Lee Mendes McKnight, a history major in the Maxwell School, won the Syracuse University campus qualifier for the prestigious Hult Prize and will advance to one of the 15 regional finals in March 2018. The Hult Prize, known as “The Nobel Prize for student startups,” seeks out game-changing student social enterprises that compete to solve the world’s toughest challenges.


    Cameron MacPherson '16 BA (IR) named as SU's first Mitchell Scholar

    Cameron MacPherson ’16 BA (IR) has been named a recipient of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland. He is Syracuse University’s first Mitchell Scholar. MacPherson is one of only 12 U.S. students selected from more than 300 applicants for the award this year.


    Model UN team named distinguished delegation at DC conference

    A Syracuse University/Maxwell team participating in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference earlier this month was named a “Distinguished Delegation” for its portrayal of the Republic of Finland/Suomi. The conference, held in Washington, D.C., drew more than 1,000 college and university students from across the U.S. and nine other nations.


    Inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs graduate scholars named

    The Maxwell School has named two graduate students as the inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs Graduate Scholars: John R. Barruzza, a PhD candidate in the history department, and Chelsea M. Thomas, a student in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.


    Maxwell students named as 2017-18 SoldierStrong scholars

    Maxwell graduate students Mitch Forbes and Chris Tonsmeire, both U.S. military veterans, have been named as this year’s SoldierStrong scholars, under terms of a scholarship the SoldierStrong Foundation provides to veterans at the School. Forbes is pursuing an Executive MPA and Tonsmeire is a first-year MA student in international relations.


    Maxwell econ alum captures top prize in innovation competition

    Josh Aviv '15 BA (Econ), co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18, 2017.


    Yinger selected as APPAM's 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient

    The award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance and is given annually by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).


    Sammies honor outstanding federal employees, innovative solutions

    Maxwell alumna Emily Simonson '15 MPA/IR was part of the winning Urban Waters team led by director Surabhi Shah, which created public-private partnerships to clean and revive urban waterways and their surrounding lands. For their efforts, the team received the People’s Choice Award.


    Nabatchi awarded 2017 Sharon M. Pickett Award by the ACR

    Tina Nabatchi has been awarded the 2017 Sharon M. Pickett Award by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) for her book Collaborative Governance Regimes (Georgetown University Press, 2015), co-authored with Kirk Emerson. The award recognizes contributions to environmental and public policy issues.


    Murrett inducted into Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) inducted the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame Class of 2017 during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Springfield, VA, Oct. 3, 2017. Among the inductees was INSCT Deputy Director Vice Adm. Robert Murrett (Ret.), a former NGA director.


    CCE student named first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar

    Kennedy Patlan ’18, a major in citizenship and civic engagement in the Maxwell School, has been named the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar at Syracuse University. The Engagement Scholar position was created as a part of the LaunchPad’s goal to grow social enterprise ventures across the campus.


    Merril Silverstein elected to the Sociological Research Association

    Merril Silverstein, professor of sociology and Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, was elected to the Sociological Research Association (SRA), an honors society of sociology scholars dedicated to excellence in research.


    Jenny Sacks '08 BA (Soc) to receive Generation Orange Award

    The Generation Orange Award recognizes alumni who have made an impact on campus and in their communities through volunteer work and philanthropy on behalf of Syracuse University. Sacks assisted individuals and groups of patients as a counselor at the Thomas Jefferson University Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program.


    Lopoo wins 2017 Birkhead-Burkhead Award

    Leonard M. Lopoo, professor of public administration and international affairs and director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Policy Research, is the 2017 recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship, an annual award that recognizes outstanding teaching in PAIA.


    PhD student Jennifer Brooks receives ASA Grad Student Paper Award

    Jennifer Brooks, a PhD student in sociology, is the recipient of the American Sociological Association Disability and Society Section 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for the paper, “Just a Little Respect: Differences in Job Satisfaction among Individuals With and Without Disabilities.”


    Incoming MPA student Ryan Gross named 2017 Tillman Scholar

    Ryan Gross, an incoming student in Syracuse University’s #1-ranked master of public administration program in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, has been named a 2017 Tillman Scholar in a cohort of 61 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses across the nation.


    Popp wins AERE award for paper on induced innovation and energy prices

    David Popp received the 2017 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists( AERE) Publication of Enduring Quality Award for his for 2002 paper in the American Economic Review, "Induced Innovation and Energy Prices." The award recognizes works that are of seminal nature and with enduring value in environmental and resource economics.


    Campbell Conversations wins NYS Associated Press Association award

    The Campbell Conversations, a public affairs interview radio program hosted by Professor Grant Reeher, was awarded first place from the New York State Associated Press Association in the Radio II/Public Service category for "Campbell Conversations: Katko, Deacon Hold First Debate for 24th Congressional District."


    Maxwell students awarded summer research and mentorship opportunity

    Maxwell students Abigail Hamilton, Jennith Lucas, and Kelsey Scott were each selected to receive a $2,000 stipend to conduct research and other creative projects this summer under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


    Wasylenko appointed Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics

    David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, announced Friday the appointment of Michael Wasylenko as Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics. This appointment recognizes his extraordinary service to the Maxwell School.


    Ebner awarded NEH funding to research Mussolini's rule in Africa

    Michael Ebner, associate professor and chair of history, was awarded a $6,000 Summer Stipend Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to conduct archival research in Rome on Mussolini’s rule in Africa.


    Hermann to receive the William Wasserstrom Prize for Graduate Teaching

    Margaret "Peg" Hermann, the Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, will receive the 2017 William Wasserstrom Prize for the Teaching of Graduate Students on Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium.

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