Congratulations to the 2020 GP Student Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2020 GP Student Award Winners!

Signage on UAlbany campus (photo by Paul Miller)

Congratulations to the four Geography and Planning students who won awards in the Spring of 2020: Cody Arana - AICP Outstanding Student Award, Luis Roldan - Paul D. Marr Memorial Award for Excellence in Planning, Elizabeth Hayes - David Mark Prize in Geography: graduate award, and Zachary Perry - David Mark Prize in Geography: undergraduate award. The awards are described below.

AICP Outstanding Student Award: Cody Arana

The MRP Program faculty at the University at Albany recommended Mr. Cody Arana for this prestigious award.

Candidates must meet the award criteria of academic achievement, leadership, commitment to planning as a career, and community service.


Paul D. Marr Memorial Award for Excellence in PlanningLuis Roldan

The Paul Marr Award for Excellence in Planning Scholarship and Practice award is presented to a student who best represents and honors the memory of Paul Marr, a Geography professor at the University of Albany.

Candidates must be a top performing MRP student and must also be actively involved in community engagement in planning.

Professor Marr was the founder of our current MRP Program and he very much valued community engagement and professional planning success. 


David Mark Prize in Geography: Graduate award - Elizabeth Hayes,  Undergraduate award:  Zachary Perry

David Mark received his BA (summa cum laude), his certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis, and his MA in Geography from the University at Albany.  David was a bright, enthusiastic, and talented student who was always eager to learn more about GIS and cultural geography. Tragically, David passed away in March 2011, less than 3 months after receiving his Master’s degree.

To honor David’s passion for his studies, the Department of Geography and Planning awards the David Mark Prize each year to a student who shares David’s strong work ethic and breadth of attainment in the discipline of Geography. Special consideration is given to a student demonstrating strong commitments to community service or who has helped a colleague overcome any learning, physical or emotional challenges that have interfered with his or her achieving a personal goal.