Be sure to make plans to addend the joint Fall Conference of the Mississippi and Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.  This event is scheduled for November 12-14, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. 
More information to follow!     

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Welcome New URP Students Fall 2014

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M.A. Students
From left to right on the first row:  Dominique Harris, Jasmine Fleming,  Brandon Rankin, Zena Woodard,  DeAngelo Brown Top row:  Mario Milton, and Wade Jackson


Ph.D. Students
First row from left to right:  Cheryl Jones, Biqi Zhao
Top row:  Heather Civil-Ayers, Daniel Walker, and Robbie Smith

Several of Urban and Regional Planning's faculty and students collaborated on an article pertaining to "Analyzing Water Resource Issues in the State of Mississippi."  The article was published in the British Journal of Applied Science and Technology on April, 22, 2014.  Authors included:  Dr. Edmund C. Merem, Dr. Joan Wesley, Emmanuel Nwagboso, Siddig Fageir, Peter Isopehi, Marshand Chrisler, Shayron Thomas and Romorno Corney.  Purpose of the research centered around a rise in pumpage amoung different sectors and the increase in boil water alerts prompted by pollution and standard violations.  They concluded that the capacity of utilizing a mix scale approach to bring attention to the vunerability of Mississippi's water resources to degradation.

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Interim Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Department and Heather Wilcox, Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Planning are seen here with team members Keith Collins, JSUTV Production Manager and Marlin King with the Department of Facilities and Construction in front of the School of Engineering.  Together, they are the recipients of the JSU Creative Award for 2014 for their proposal titled "Jackson State Universiy Rain-Works Challenge."  Their proposed project will be displayed as a digital simulation of the plan.  The purpose is to show the impact of a green corridor near the present School of Engineering buliding which will feature a rain garden,an outdoor green classroom and convertible parking lots.  The award also came with a $5,000.00 stipend.


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Dr. Talya D. Thomas, Assistant Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department received the Dean's First Junior Faculty Research Award.  The award was presented by Dr. Ricardo A. Brown, Dean, College of Public Service.

Dr. Edmund Merem Receives CPS Award

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Dr. Edmund Merem, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning received the award for Research and Scholarship at the College of Public Service Faculty and Student Awards Program.


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~~*We congratulate Dr. Evandro C. Santos, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, on being recognized as one of 42 individuals at the "One JSU Excellence Awards" program.  Accomplishments were highlighted in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Brown Bag/Community Forum Dates

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More information coming soon!

Financial Awards Deadline for Ph.D. and M.A. Programs are now closed!   Please contact Ms. Lisa Johnson for further information regarding the application at 601-432-6853 or email at


Urban and Regional Financial Aid Scholarship form:  Revised Scholarship Application 2009[1]
Please complete this form if you are interested in receiving our program's scholarship.  It must be returned by the deadlines above for the respective programs for consideration.  Be sure to submit an essay along with your official transcripts as well.


JSU Dates

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2014 Fall Semester Calendar 
November 24-29th  Fall Break/Thanksgiving
December 12th  Commencement