Wanted: Students with Bright Ideas for Baltimore

David Hoffman is UMBC’s assistant director of student life for civic agency.

David HoffmanI work every day with UMBC students developing innovative solutions to problems on campus and beyond. They are applying their skills and passion to work that builds community and significantly advances the common good.

For those wanting to devote their creative energy to policy problems facing the City of Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and The Abell Foundation hope to hear from you. Together they are offering the Abell Award in Urban Policy (up to $5,000) for a compelling paper that addresses a Baltimore problem and provides a feasible solution. Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at 13 area universities including UMBC are eligible to apply.

The deadline to submit an entry form is October 18, 2013, with the final paper due February 24, 2014. The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies website provides additional information about the award, including links to all the winning papers from previous years and profiles of the people who submitted them.

Contact the author, David Hoffman, at dhoffman@umbc.edu.