DUSP Graduate Student awarded a 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Please join us in congratulating Benjamin Preis, a current MCP Candidate at DUSP, who was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship!

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers to support their graduate research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Launched in 1952 shortly after Congress established NSF, GRFP represents the nation's oldest continuous investment in the U.S. STEM workforce. For the 2018 cycle, 2,000 fellowships were selected from more than 12,000 applicants from across the nation.

Preis's fellowship project will seek to answer two questions:

1) What economic, spatial, political, and institutional factors lead to strong city-university partnerships focused on information and communication technologies (ICT) and smart cities?

2) While some factors of strong ICT city-university partnerships are likely situationally unique, which factors are scalable and replicable to other cities and universities?

With scarce research focused on exploring the causal factors of a strong, ICT-centric city-university partnership and increasing funding towards continuing to prioritize this new type of city-university relationship, more research is needed to identify the driving forces behind these partnerships and to substantiate a widely held belief that these partnerships are beneficial for both citizens and their cities.

Look to the DUSP Facebook Page for future updates on Preis's research.