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|Student Award - Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning|
Description of the Award
Since 1998, this award has recognized superior scholarship in a doctoral dissertation completed by a student enrolled in an ACSP-member school.
The committee seeks a thesis that is original, well written, employs methods elegantly, offers lessons pertinent to central issues in the field of planning, and provides guidance about how planners or governments should make choices.
The award includes a cash grant in the amount of $500 USD provided by Cornell University plus waived conference registration from ACSP if the student is able to attend. The winner will be invited to present their paper at a special Student Award Paper Session at the ACSP Annual Conference.
Deadline to Submit
The deadline to submit your application is June 1. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the nomination submission form.
Nominees must have received the doctoral degree in the two years preceding the upcoming conference.
Biography of Barclay Gibbs Jones
Barclay Gibbs Jones (1925-1997) devoted his life to academia. He held four university degrees -- a B.A. in Fine Arts (before WWII, which included time as a wounded prisoner in Germany) and a B.Arch, both from the University of Pennsylvania, then a Masters in Planning and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of North Carolina. After a few years teaching at Berkeley (and finishing his thesis), in 1961 Barclay came to Cornell to reinvigorate and expand its tiny Ph.D. program. The program grew: through 1998 Cornell had awarded 235 doctorates. Jones himself chaired 66 PhD committees in Planning, and he served on uncounted other committees at the master’s and Ph.D. level in planning and many other fields, from industrial engineering to sociology to architectural history. He studied, taught, and wrote -- always with an interest in the normative questions of planning, and often with path-breaking innovation -- in a fields as diverse as architectural design and history, historic preservation, decision theory, quantitative methods, urban development, regional science, and disaster planning.
An eccentric iconoclast, Barclay Jones's main joy was mentoring Ph.D. candidates -- typically between 11 pm and 4 am, every night of the week. When Barclay was awarded the Distinguished Planning Educator award at ACSP in 1990, about 20 percent of the hundreds in the room stood and cheered, in recognition of the time each of them had spent as a student in Barclay’s classroom or office.
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