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Abell Award in Urban Policy

The Abell Award in Urban Policy is given annually to the student who authors the most compelling paper that analyzes a serious policy problem facing the City of Baltimore and proposes feasible solutions. The contest is intended to encourage fresh thinking about the challenges facing Baltimore City. The Selection Committee decides on the allocation of the $5,000 award.

The 2016 winners were Co-authors: Christopher Kelley, PhD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, and Ramya Ambikapathi, PhD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department for their paper, "Litter-Free Baltimore: A trash collection policy framework based on spatial analysis and social media."

All full-time students from the following schools are eligible to enter:

  • Coppin State University
  • Goucher College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • McDaniel College
  • Morgan State University
  • College of Notre Dame in Maryland
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • UMBC
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Stevenson University  

Click here for more information on the 2017 Abell Award Competition.

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Read the winning papers from prior years.

To learn more about previous Abell Award winners, click here.