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Graduate Student Success

Our graduate students do excellent work — and they get noticed. Learn about the impact that geography and urban planning students are having, the recognition they’re earning and where alumni go after they graduate.


B.L. Turner advisees: From ASU to start of academic careers

Three doctoral students working under Regents’ Professor B.L. Turner graduated in December 2015. Each is now beginning a postdoctoral position at a prestigious university.

ASU grad's career in planning off to a running start

As she receives her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning, Stephanie Watney has not only been a top graduate student but has made professional-level contributions to several planning initiatives. And based on her work, she has been hired and is already working as a planner for a nationally recognized law firm.

Pai Hui Yu, MAS-GIS student, wins national GIS award

Pai Hui Yu, a student in the MAS-GIS program, was selected as one of two winners of the Masters Scholarship Award given each year by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). As a student in the MAS-GIS program, she applied GIS to a research initiative in ASU’s School of Sustainability, and also worked as an intern at the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

Benson-Lira uses award to explore Mexico City's changing climate

Much research exists in the U.S. on severe heat events in urban environments, but there’s been little study of urban climate in developing countries. Valeria Benson-Lira began to change that with her masters’ thesis research, which examined the effects of Mexico City’s urbanization on its regional climate.

Has the Great Recession begun to reshape Phoenix residential growth?

Kevin Kane, a geography doctoral student wondered, whether the housing collapse of 2006 has brought a structural change to residential housing in the Phoenix area, with a new preference for urban living. His paper on this question was published in the journal Urban Geography. Kevin moved from ASU to become a postdoctoral fellow with the Metropolitan Futures Initiative at the University of California Irvine.