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2021 Urban Expo Ceremony and Student Projects 

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, UC San Diego's Urban Studies and Planning Department VIRTUALLY hosted the 31st Annual Urban Expo Awards ceremony.  Watch to see the over 20 awards given to students for their work on their senior project and achievement within the Department of USP.  The Project Galleries are composed of posters, papers, and media created from by students for their senior projects. 


Project Galleries

The Expo is a unique event that brings together students, faculty, staff, and the San Diego community to celebrate the research capstone projects of Urban Studies & Planning and Real Estate & Development graduating students.

Student Research Exhibits Focus on:

  • Real Estate & Development
  • Architecture & Urban Design
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure and Public Facilities,
  • Public Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban and Regional Planning

2020 Urban Expo Award Recipients

Academic Distinction Award
Eva Gabriel (USP)

Kaegan Springer (RED)

Meritorious Community Service Award

Joey Uy (USP)

Chris Giammanco (RED)

Health and Human Services Award
Celia Sanchez Zelaya

Pete Georgiou Award for Service to USP
Elizabeth Owen

Placemaking Award
Erik Mumm

Emerging Scholar Award
Enrique Arcilla
Xinyi Huang
Katharina Shultz

Emerging Leader Award
Natalie Tran

Emerging Innovator Award
Samaya Elder

Conference Travel Award
Timothy Hornyak
Enrique Arcialla

Travel Research
Alexandra Reep

Distinguished USP Senior Research Project
Elizabeth Owen
Rhiannon Koh

Digital Media Awards
Erik Mumm (1st Place)
Rachael Alberts (2nd Place)
Bryan Chan (3rd Place)

USP Poster Awards
Michelle Castro-Pilar (1st place)
Stephanie Belbeck (2nd Place)

Erik Mumm (3rd Place)

RED Poster Awards
Sabrina Snowball (1st place)
Steven Steinbeck (2nd place)
Kaegan Springer (3rd place)