Stevens Graduate Fellowship

The Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science was established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens (1929-1997), an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor and friend continues to have a profound impact on the field of Regional Science. Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are eligible to compete for the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in support of their dissertation research in Regional Science. Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs are asked to encourage their best students to apply for the Seventeenth Stevens Graduate Fellowship, which will support the winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science with a fellowship of $30,000 for the 2017-2018 year. The application deadline is February 15, 2017. Full submission guidelines may be found at http://www.narsc.org/newsite/?page_id=444

The 2016-17 Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed of:Laurie Schintler, Public Policy, George Mason University, Chair; Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Economics, Brown University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics, Université du Québec; and Amanda Weinstein, Economics, The University of Akron. The Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Tony Smith, Chair; David Plane, Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of NARSC.

Nick Tsivanidis, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Chicago, was selected as the winner of the Sixteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide a one-year stipend of $30,000 to support Nick Tsivanidis in his research entitled, ‘Commuting Technologies, City Structure and Urban Inequality: Evidence from Bogotá’s TransMilenio.’ This research will estimate the impact of a novel bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia – TransMilenio – in reducing congestion costs along two margins. First, what was the total effect of TransMilenio on city productivity and welfare? Second, to what extent did the system disproportionately benefit the urban poor, by reducing their commuting time and improving their access to jobs? Since the poor rely on public transit while the rich drive cars, TransMilenio may have had both important aggregate and distributional effects for Bogotanos.  Tsivanidis’s research is supervised by Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago.

Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs related to the interdisciplinary field of Regional Science are urged to encourage their best students to apply for the Seventeenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2017-2018 year with a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2017. Full submission guidelines are posted at narsc.org/newsite/?page_id=444.

The Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science was awarded to the following students:

2000  Michael J. Greenwald (UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine; Marlon Boarnet, advisor)

2001  Rachel Franklin (UniversityofArizona; Brigitte Waldorf, advisor)

2002  Jung Won Son (UniversityofCalifornia-Los Angeles; Leobardo Estrada, advisor)

2003  Alison Davis Reum (North CarolinaStateUniversity; V. Kerry Smith, advisor)

2004  Nicholas Nagle (Univ.ofCalifornia-Santa Barbara; Stuart H. Sweeney, advisor)

2005  Xiaokun Wang (UniversityofTexasatAustin; Kara Kockelman, advisor)

2006  Joshua Drucker (UniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hill; Harvey Goldstein

and Edward Feser, advisors)

2007  Alvin Murphy (DukeUniversity; Patrick Bayer, advisor)

2008  Paavo Monkkonen (UniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley; David E. Dowall, advisor)

2009  Elizabeth Mack (IndianaUniversity; Tony H. Grubesic, advisor)

2010  Adam Storeygard (BrownUniversity; J. Vernon Henderson, advisor)

2011  Peter Richards (MichiganStateUniversity; Robert Walker, advisor)

2012  Ran Wei (ArizonaStateUniversity; Alan Murray, advisor)

2013  Zhenhua Chen (GeorgeMasonUniversity; Kingsley Haynes, advisor)

2014  No award made

2015  Ahmadreza Faghih Imani (McGill University; Naveen Eluru, advisor)

2016  Nick Tsivanidis (University of Chicago; Chang-Tai Hsieh, advisor)

Fundraising in support of the Stevens Fellowship began in 1998, and is ongoing. In recent years, donations were also received in memory of two former colleagues of Benjamin Stevens at the Universityof Pennsylvania, Thomas Reiner (1931-2007) and Walter Isard (1919-2010). Donations may be sent to: The Stevens Fellowship Fund, First Financial Bank, 1205 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 USA. Checks should be drawn to The Stevens Fellowship Fund. Donations may be made online at www.narsc.org/newsite/donations2.php. If the donor desires, a donation made in memory of an individual will be acknowledged on this web page.

Sustaining donations to the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship Fund are being made by:

 

David Boyce 

Quaker Hill Foundation

Ronald Miller 

Tony and Judith Smith

North American Regional Science Council

 

Donations in memory of Benjamin Stevens were received from the following individuals:

Anonymous

Luc Anselin

Marcus Berliant

William Beyers

Peter Blair

Roger Bolton

David Boyce

Gerald Carrothers

Manas and Pradipta Chatterji

Benjamin Chinitz†

Leslie Curry†

Stan Czamanski†

Michael Dacey†

Nazir and Nasreen Dossani

Masahisa Fujita

Janet and Shelby Gerking

Arthur Getis

Norman Glickman

Reginald Golledge†

Harvey Goldstein

Peter Gordon

Daniel Griffith

J. W. Harrington

Britton† and Ruth Harris

Walter Isard†

Andrew Isserman†

Laveen Kanal

Maureen Kilkenny

Hugh and Linda† Knox

Robert Kuenne†

Yoshi and Glenn Kumekawa

William Latham

Martin Meyerson†

William Miernyk†

Ronald Miller

Gordon Mulligan

Peter Nijkamp

Anna Nagurney

Charles Perry†

David Plane

Karen R. Polenske

Thomas Reiner†

Adam Rose

Noboru Sakashita†

Tony Smith

Michael Teitz

George Treyz†

Shirley Weiss†

Mike† and Penny Winton

Yimin and Fengxiao Zhuang

Stevens Family Members

 

Donations in memory of Benjamin Stevens were received from the following organizations:

Blackwell Publishers Freddie Mac Foundation Quaker Hill Foundation

 

Donations were received from the following past recipients of the Stevens Fellowship:

Joshua DruckerRachel Franklin Michael GreenwaldJung Won Son Xiaokun Wang

 

Donations in memory of Thomas Reiner were received from the following individuals:

AnonymousPeter Blair

David Boyce

Manas and Pradipta Chatterji

Peter Gordon

Naoru KoizumiSusan Viuker Lieberman

Janice Madden

Mark Menchik

Ronald Miller

Anthony MumphreyEugeneSmolensky

John Tofflemire

 

Donations in memory of Walter Isard were received from the following individuals:

AnonymousLuc Anselin

Thomas Barringer

Marcus Berliant

Peter Blair

David Boyce

David Bramhall

Manas and Pradipta Chatterji

Al-Hassan ContehLeo Feller

Shang-Hsing Hsieh

Tschangho John and

MoonjaParkKim

Janet Kohlhase

Janice Madden

Mark Menchik

Ronald MillerAtsuyuki Okabe

David Pines

David Plane

Michael Teitz

Mark Wilson

 

Donations were received from the following past recipients of the Stevens Fellowship:

Joshua DruckerRachel Franklin Michael GreenwaldJung Won Son Xiaokun Wang

 

 

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