Departmental Awards

Graduate School Application Fund

For our Urban Studies and Environmental Studies majors who are applying to graduate programs, we have a small fund to help defray the expense of application fees and test preparation classes (e.g. GRE, LSAT).  Please contact the Department Chair, Professor Tarry Hum, at for details on qualifications and how to apply.

Each May, we select a graduating student for each of our five named awards that recognize excellence in academic achievement, community leadership, and engaged research.

Hagedorn Award for First Generation College Students

Urban and Environmental Studies Majors who are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States are eligible for this award. Students wishing to apply for this award must fill out an application that includes two essays. Please check our News and Events page for Application Announcements and Deadlines!

Matthew Edel Award for Academic Excellence

This award is for graduating majors who demonstrate overall excellence in their urban studies coursework.

Paul Davidoff Award for Community Service

This award is for graduating majors who are actively engaged in community services and/or planning initiatives on campus or in Queens neighborhoods.

Herbert Bienstock Award for Outstanding Research

This award is for graduating students in the Urban Studies BA or Urban Affairs MA program for an excellent research project or paper.

Martin Eisenberg Award

This award is for graduating majors who demonstrate leadership and activism in urban or labor issues.

Marcia Bayne Smith Award

This award is for a graduating MA in Urban Affairs who demonstrate a commitment to African American or Afro-Caribbean women and their communities through excellence in a related research project or coursework.

Previous Winners of the Hagedorn Award for First Generation College Students

Shannae Johnson - 2018 Winner

My name is Shannae Johnson, a junior that major’s in Urban Studies and minor’s in Environmental Studies. Queens College has been my only home in the pursuit of my first bachelor’s degree since I moved to the United States in 2016. The faculty members here have been very personable and accessible, making my adjustment period fairly easy. Also, it has been very thrilling encountering other Urban Studies students who are devoted and especially helpful towards me. Through this, I am able to pursue my passion for development and growth of our cities and the communities within them. My goal specifically is to use my degree to make New York City more livable and sustainable for all.

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