For Immediate Release
December 18, 2018
Karen E. T. Garrett
Chief of Communications & Marketing
(202) 585-4313

ASPA Selects 2019 Founders’ Fellows

Washington, DC -  The ASPA Founders’ Fellows program recognizes outstanding students and new professionals (within three years of their graduation) in the field of public service and public administration.

Following a competitive review process, Founders’ Fellows present their scholarship during the ASPA Annual Conference, receive substantial professional development and networking opportunities, and are paired with a seasoned scholar or practitioner who serves as their mentor for their Fellowship year.

The following individuals have been selected to comprise the 20-member class for 2019:
  • Michael Bednarczuk (Ohio University—Chillicothe)
  • Christopher Burks (University of Alabama—Birmingham)
  • Edgar Bustos (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)
  • Wendy Chen (George Mason University)
  • Donwe Choi (Florida State University)
  • Suparna Dutta (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Nuri Heckler (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Emmy Hicks (Louisiana State University)
  • Victoria Martin-Nammour (University of Central Florida)
  • Joseph Maya-Rodriguez (Rutgers University—Newark)
  • Assel Mussagulova (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Amy Owen (Tennessee State University)
  • Pooja Paswan (Jamia Millia Islamia)
  • Cimone Philpotts (University of Delaware)
  • Amelia Pridemore (Florida International University)
  • Mustafa Sen (Mississippi State University)
  • Jennifer Swann (The City of Oklahoma City Planning Department)
  • Jie Tao (University of North Texas)
  • Shahrin Upoma (The University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Nara Yoon (Syracuse University)

The 2019 Founders’ Fellows will receive a complimentary 2019 Annual Conference registration, a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and complementary lodging in the conference hotel. Travel to the conference location in Washington, DC, meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the Fellow or sponsoring organization.
“ASPA’s Founders’ Fellows program is one of the best ways for new public administration professionals to expand their networks, participate in groundbreaking research and learn from some of the biggest names in the field,” commented Founders’ Fellows Committee Chair Galia Cohen. “We are very pleased with the caliber of the incoming Fellows and look forward to helping them have a productive year in the program.”

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