Urban Studies major Daniel Jacobson's Streetcar Plan for the City of Oakland was featured in the Stanford Alumni Magazine and was recognized with a Dean's Award.
As part of an independent study project begun as a sophomore, Jacobson authored a comprehensive, 140-page proposal for an urban streetcar line in Oakland, Calif., that described its potential for beneficial impacts on sustainability, livability and prosperity.
One of Jacobson's advisers, Michael Kahan, associate director of the program on urban studies, said Jacobson's work was "on par with anything [he had] seen in the professional world." His proposal captured the attention of the media, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Financial Times. Two major candidates running for mayor of Oakland voiced support for the plan; the Oakland City Council is giving it serious consideration.
Moreover, the process of writing the plan was as impressive as the final product. Jacobson reached out, both within the university and beyond, creating a network of advisers in academia, government and the private sector. He also traveled to Portland, Ore., and Seattle, two cities known for their excellent transportation systems, and met with agency heads and other key transportation officials to gain further insights.
Jacobson's work represents an exceptional accomplishment that combines the best of academic scholarship with tangible, real-world impact.
Shannon Moskitis, Urban Studies '11, received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, which is given to Stanford’s top theses in sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Shannon's thesis, "'It's a Catch-22': The Intersection of Homelessness, Domestic Violence, and the Shelter System's Response" was based on in-depth interviews with women living in a homeless shelter. After graduation, Shannon began work as a Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Aurora Kazi Bassett and Emily Jones, both class of 2011, were recognized for Best Oral Presentation of an Honors Thesis, an award given by the Center for Teaching and Learning's program in Oral Communication. Bassett's thesis, "From Local Intervention to Global Solution: Culture in Mental Health and Sangath" examined the efforts of an NGO in Goa, India to scale its mental health promotion efforts beyond the local area.
Jones's thesis "As Good as it Gets: Life in San Francisco's SRO Hotels" was a study of residents in several single-room occupancy hotels in San Francisco.