Urban Fellows Program
Urban Fellow Emily McClendon (J.D. ’15)
- Atlanta Regional Commission’s Vision for Atlanta
- City of Atlanta Strategic Community Investment Study
- Climate Change and the Impact of Community Design
- Update on the Atlanta Beltline
- Future of MARTA
- From Smart Growth to the New Urban Economics
- Shining Cities on the Hill? Cities, Climate Change and International Law
The Urban Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in the College of Law. Top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning to study and discuss issues related to urban growth with top decision makers.
Students in the Urban Fellows Program participate in a speaker series that includes monthly afternoon lectures and brown bag lunches; the speaker series focuses on a variety of topics related to urban and environmental issues. Students also participate in community outreach projects, field trips, and conferences and symposia. Students are required to write a research paper of publishable quality.Read the Urban Fellows Student Blog
Why be an Urban Fellow?
- Broaden your awareness about urban and environmental issues by attending the speaker series
- Build your network of professionals with similar interests
- Develop cross-disciplinary contacts at Georgia State University and other universities in Atlanta
- Receive guidance and direction to write a paper of publishable quality and earn course credit
- Make connections in the community through volunteer opportunities
- Become privy to job opportunities
- Boost your resume
- Qualify for graduate research assistantships sometimes available to Georgia State Law students
- Attend the Monthly Lecture Series: The program runs August through April, and there are four afternoon lectures per semester (8 total per year) - generally, one afternoon per month from 4-5:30 p.m. Attendance is required to remain in the program. Speakers will address a variety of urban, growth management and environmental issues.
- Attend Brown Bag Lunches: Brown bag lunches are scheduled throughout the semester. The brown bag lunches are open to non-urban fellows students and faculty across the university. Urban Fellows are expected to attend these lunches.
- Write a Research Paper: All Urban Fellows are required to write one research paper on an urban affairs issue during their term with the program. GSU Law students will be automatically registered in the paper writing Urban Fellows course (LAW 7494). Papers must be of publishable quality and meet the writing requirements outlined in the program. Download the writing requirements.
- Perform Five Hours of Community Service Each Semester: Students are required to participate in five hours of community outreach projects that address urban issues and strengthen communities each semester. Record your volunteer hours here.
Questions? Contact Karen Johnston (J.D. '08) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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