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    2012 APA Outstanding Planning Student Organization Awards

    DCRP Planners' Forum students were recognized for two recent department events: Divided Cities and Regions: Consensus Policy Conference and Pecha Kucha Presentations on Internships.


    The 2012 National Planning Excellence Awards were presented during a special luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in Los Angeles. Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership.

    Divided Cities and Regions: Consensus Policy Conference
    This impressive symposium featured nationally recognized academics, practicing professionals, and student presentations centered on consensus building and conflict resolution. This two-day event put DCRP students on display, highlighting their ability to conceive and organize an event that attracted more than 100 attendees and helped educate practicing planners about best practices in resolving disputes.

    See photos from this project (pdf)

    Read the students' project description (pdf)

    Pecha Kucha Presentations on Internships
    These events gave first-year students an opportunity to hear about the types of internships available and allowed second-years to share their summer work experiences. The presentations were well attended by students, faculty, and staff in the department.

    Learn more about this project (pdf)

    Read the students' project description (pdf)

    About the Awards
    Planning Student Organizations (PSOs) throughout the country are involved in exciting and creative activities that enliven student life, contribute to their communities, and provide enhanced educational experiences for the students. This awards program provides a means for student groups to share their ideas, learn from one another, and receive recognition (and rewards!) for creative, successful activities.

    The APA Student Representatives Council (SRC) Executive Committee designed this awards program to:
    •    promote students' volunteer involvement in their student organization, communities, and state chapters;
    •    recognize the outstanding efforts of these student groups;
    •    identify best practices in student organizations; and
    •    strengthen the ties between student organizations and the American Planning Association

    Awards in each category will include a monetary contribution to school's PSO to fund its activities. Funding is provided by APA divisions. The award are presented during the annual APA National Planning Conference.

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