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September 24, 2008
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Urban Policy Competition Seeks Solutions for Baltimore
Cash awards for best papers addressing city's
pressing policy problems.

Baltimore-area undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in solving urban problems have an opportunity to test their ideas, be recognized by city decision makers and win up to $4,000 by entering the 2009 Abell Award in Urban Policy competition. Co-sponsored by the Abell Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, the award is given annually to the students who author the most compelling papers on a pressing problem facing Baltimore City. The first place prize is $4,000 and second place is $1,000.

"The purpose of this award is to encourage fresh thinking about the serious challenges facing this city and to tap the intellectual capacity of the city's college and graduate students," said Bob Embry, president of the Abell Foundation.

The contest is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Coppin State University; Goucher College; The Johns Hopkins University; Loyola College in Maryland; Morgan State University; the College of Notre Dame; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; UMBC; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Stevenson University.

Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprising Baltimore opinion leaders and practitioners. Past winners have focused on strategies for reusing vacant properties in Baltimore, new approaches for preventing and reducing youth violence, the impact of zero tolerance school discipline policies, measures to reduce infant mortality, and policies to reduce high Latina birth rates.

"The judges and I have been extremely impressed with the thoughtful analysis and creative solutions that are offered by these papers," said IPS Director Sandra Newman, a member of the judging panel. "It is clear that Baltimore's graduate and undergraduate students have much to contribute to the solution of these very challenging problems, both during their schooling and, hopefully, beyond."

In addition to the monetary award, winners will have their papers distributed to key city and state decision makers, featured in the Abell Foundation Newsletter, and posted on the Johns Hopkins IPS Web site, ips.jhu.edu/

Applying is a three-step process: Potential applicants must first complete and submit a one-page contest entry form by Oct. 17, and a thorough abstract by Nov. 14. Final papers are due by March 6, 2009.

For details, including the entry form, a sample abstract, official guidelines, FAQs and examples of winning papers, visit ips.jhu.edu/pub/Abell-Award-in-Urban-Policy or write abellaward@jhu.edu. The award is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and the Abell Foundation Inc.