MPA Capstone Projects
All students graduating from the MPA program prior to May 2014 were required during their second year to complete a capstone project drawing on the cumulative lessons of their graduate experience. The project tapped their knowledge, analytic abilities, writing, and presentation skills, and the insights they acquired through study, observation, and opportunities for direct involvement in the practice of public administration. Each project focused on a current issue in the field of public administration.
MPA Capstone Awards
The Deil S. Wright Capstone Paper Award for Outstanding Research Paper and the Nanette V. Mengel Communication Award for Outstanding Capstone Presentation were presented each year to a student selected by a panel of faculty (Wright) and alumni (Mengel). Recent award winners included:
Deil S. Wright Capstone Paper Award:
- 2013 Recipient - Mattie Sue Stevens, The Facebook Question: Social Media and Your HR Department
- 2012 Recipient - Trevor Fleck, Finding Employment: Factors Influencing Self-Sufficiency Rates in the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Matching Grant Program
- 2011 Recipient - Emily Portner, Examining the Effect of Multi-Year Capital Budgeting: Does Forward Thinking Enhance Financial Condition?
- 2010 Recipient - Ingrid Rosiuta, Employee Perceptions of Furlough Fairness: The UNC-Chapel Hill Case
- 2009 Recipient - Mary Tiger, Communicating on Drought Surcharges
Nanette V. Mengel Communication Award
- 2013 Recipient - Daniel Baird, During the Recession of 2007 - 2012, How Did Local Governments Change Their Fund Balance?
- 2012 Recipient - Emily Guhde, The Value of Online Resources to North Carolina Public Library Patrons
- 2011 Recipient - Amy Strecker, Flocking to Facebook: How Local Governments Can Build Citizen Engagement
- 2010 Recipient - Lindsey J. Davis, Building Engagement: The Influence of Physical Structure on Social Interaction
- 2009 Recipient - Duane Hampton, Off-Duty, Extra-Duty and Secondary Work: Managing Municipal Police Working Privately