Student Awards - POCIG Student Travel
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The Planners of Color Interest Group provides travel scholarships for doctoral students of color to attend the annual ASCP conference. The conference is an important venue for students to meet other students, planning faculty, and attend conference activities such as panels, workshops, business meetings, and receptions. The scholarship’s purpose fits with the larger POCIG goal to support and mentor doctoral students of color as they can complete their degrees and increase the number of planning faculty of color. We especially encourage applications from students with limited additional support to attend.

There will be three cash awards provided by the ACSP for $500 each to offset student travel expenses to be distributed at the Annual Conference. Each award also includes a conference registration waiver. Winners will be acknowledged at the POCIG business meeting during the ACSP conference.



The deadline for applications is June 1 using the form below (scroll down to the bottom of the page).


Application Information

Applicants must 1) be currently attending an ACSP member school; 2) be traveling more than 100 miles to attend the conference; 3) have submitted an abstract and subsequently have an accepted paper to present at the ACSP Conference.

Please submit your application prior to knowing if your abstract was submitted. ACSP staff will verify the abstract acceptance, and these students will be given priority in the award application review process.

Applicants should be involved in research that actively supports communities of color, focusing on planning issues such as, but not limited to: multiracial organizing, racial zoning, affordable housing, residential discrimination, Indigenous planning, Latino urbanism, Asian American Urbanism, Afrofuturism, environmental justice, immigration and food security in communities of color.



  • Sigmund Shipp, Hunter College, CUNY,
  • Devin Oliver, University of Texas Austin
  • Kim Mosby, University of New Orleans
  • Lenor Vanik, University of Illinois Chicago


Past Award Winners

  • 2019 Patrice Williams, Florida State University; Ariam Torres Cordero, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Sayma Khajehei, University of Utah
  • 2018 Mohammed Hafiz, University of Texas at Arlington; Nazanin Ghaffari, University of Texas at Arlington; Woolack Kim, University of Cincinnati 
  • 2017 John Arroyo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Matthew Miller, University of Southern California; Seyoung Sung, Portland State University
  • 2016 C. Aujean Lee, University of California, Los Angeles; Kim Mosby, University of New Orleans; Devin Oliver, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2015 Leonor Vanik, University of Illinois at Chicago; Nina Flores, University of California, Los Angeles; Miriam Solis, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2014 Dwayne Baker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melissa Currie, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Sang Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Park Han, Texas A&M University
  • 2013 April Jackson, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sheryl Ann Simpson, Cornell University
  • 2012 Kimberly Adams, Texas Southern University; E-Sok (Andy) Hong, University of Southern California; Carolina Sarmiento, University of California, Irvine
  • 2011 Sheryl Ann Simpson, Cornell University; Edward Tarlton, Texas A&M University; Jasmine Williams, Jackson State University; Dungwoo Yang, University of California, Irvine
  • 2010 Andrew Greenlee, University of Chicago; LaTonya Green, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kwang OkLee, University of Southern California; Aftab Erfan, University of British Columbia; Donovan Anderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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