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MPA student Devin Dunigan attended the 19th Annual Black Policy Conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Congratulations to Devin on this amazing accomplishment! In a world where meaningful change often begins with dialogue, Devin Dunigan, a first-year Master of Public Policy student, recently embarked on an inspiring journey at the 19th Annual Black Policy Conference held at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious event serves as a beacon of hope, bringing together leading minds and practitioners to address challenges impacting Black communities and fostering sustainable solutions.

Three Martin School Students received the Employee Educational Assistance Awards

Three Martin School students received the Women’s Forum Employee Educational Assistance Award compliments UK’s existing tuition waiver program, the Employee Education Program (EEP). Recipients receive $250 to assist with the cost of books and/or other materials, supplies and fees related to their UK coursework. Congratulations to them! The Spring 2024 recipients are:

Alumna Crystal Staley acknowledged as a 'Disruptor' during Women's History Month

Crystal Staley, MPA 2007, was among the six women acknowledged as  "industry disruptors" in a recent piece by Brandon Brown and Lindsey Piercy for UKNOW about UK talent during Women's History Month. They write, "A 2007 graduate of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, she has served in various roles in state government for the past 17 years. And since 2019, Staley has held the title of communications director for Gov. Andy Beshear."

Dr. Rhonda Trautman speaks to Owensboro Non-Profit Coalition

Dr. Rhonda Trautman spoke to a group of local leaders of non-profit organizations in Owensboro Ky February 21st at the Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dr. Trautman's 90 minute talk, "Putting Your Strategic Plan into Action,” addressed challenges leaders might face as they seek to make positive impacts on their communities.

Dr. Taha Hameduddin Accepts 3 year term on ROPPA Editorial Board

Congratulations to Dr. Taha Hameduddin on being invited to a three year term (2024-2026)  on the Editorial Board of Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA)! In their own words, 

Darolia works with National Academies

Martin School researcher's longstanding commitment to advancing research, our own Dr. Rajeev Darolia has been working with Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine from the summer of 2023 to today. 

Dr. Wenchi Wei to Tsinghua University as an Associate Professor

Dr. Wenchi Wei, Martin School alum will be joining the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy & Management as an Associate Professor! Prior to his move in spring of 2024, he taught at Renmin University, also in China. Both of these are exceptional achievements, and we're always thrilled to hear that our alumni continue to shape the world of public policy scholarship.

Two Martin faculty speak at the January UK Research Advisory Group meeting, January 2024

Taha Hameduddin, Assistant Professor, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, spoke to UK's Research Advisory Group meeting last month about “What Matters Most? Examining Self-selection into Public Service Jobs and Its Implications for Workforce Diversity” for the Government portion of the event. The introduction to this portion of the event was given by another stellar Martin School Faculty: Dr. Annelise Russell, Assistant Professor. 

Brett Gillispie MPA '24 accepts prestigious graduate fellowship with National Nuclear Security Administration

MPA student Brett Gillispie is on his way to a prestigious fellowship opportunity with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP). He's already on track to complete his master's degree May 2024. Following an event held here discussing federal government fellowships, Brett took the initiative to apply and was selected! Brett explained to us that he, "...will be working as a part of their congressional and intergovernmental relations team in Washington, D.C." 

Fall 2023 Capstone Forum

Three students presented their capstone projects, which this semester dealt with issues of transportation, housing, and child welfare.