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If you are a Pell Grant recipient, the following opportunity with Dr. Bruce Appleyard might be of interest:

What is the Faculty Student Mentoring Program?

The Faculty-Student Mentoring Program ( supports student engagement and development through involvement in scientific research and other academic initiatives.  The program connects students with an interest in research with faculty in an appropriate field of study. The ultimate goal of my program is to help students prepare for graduate school in a variety of social science disciplines (city planning, geography, sociology, economics), as well as public health, civil engineering, and computer science--essentially if you are interested in sustainable urbanism, transport, quality of life, and equity, you should consider contacting me.  In addition to one-on-one mentoring meetings and group seminars, we help students get involved in research projects that they can eventually present in written and oral form at the student research symposium. Even if you are already conducting undergraduate research, you can still get involved if you want to learn more about the graduate school application process.

What will I research?

I believe in allowing students, like yourself, pick areas of my research agenda that match your interests.  Here are a few topic areas you will be allowed to choose from for 2018-2019:

  • Sustainable Transportation and the future of travel.
    • Fighting climate change
      • This includes analyzing data from the SDSU Travel Survey and helping shape the policies and actions within the SDSU Climate Action Plan
    • Improving street safety and livability
      • This includes analyzing  and designing better streets and street networks.
    • Researching the future of travel
  • Improving the sustainability, livability, and equity of urban environments through geo-spatial analysis of urban quality. This includes a major focus on housing and social equity. For more information see: Webinar on Livable Transit Corridors
  • Creating useful new tools to help people and public agencies make better decisions about how urban areas grow and evolve.

Why Do I Need Research Experience?

The experiences gained by participating in the research process (critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, written and oral communication skills) are valuable for any career.  Students who plan on pursuing advanced degrees are much more successful applicants if they have research experience as undergraduates. Research experience also benefits students pursuing careers in government or at other research agencies. You can also get course credit for conducting research, in the form of PA 499.

How Do I Get Involved?

We will be able to accept a small number of bright, motivated students who want to participate in this program for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Students involved in our program should expect to commit 10-15 hours per week to research activities, meeting every other week (TBD, but likely Thursday, 10:30 to 12:30), and participating in a seminar focused on preparing students for applying to graduate programs.

If you are interested, please send me the following information via email at I can continue to accept applicants through the summer up until the first week of classes in Fall of 2018.  However, spots are limited and may be gone before classes start in the fall, so the sooner you send me these details the better:

1. Name

2. Major

3. Year (Fr, So, Jr, Sr)

4.  Briefly summarize your career goals and explain why you think this program would help you achieve them

I will contact students who seem like a good fit to schedule in person interviews. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Bruce Appleyard, PhD, MCP

Associate Professor

City Planning & Public Administration

San Diego State University


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