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NYU Wagner Student Consulting and Research Teams to Unveil 2012-13 Capstone Projects in Public Service on Tuesday, May 14

May 9, 2013

Re-envisioning the future of a 48-acre New York City brownfield. Fighting hunger more effectively in Mississippi. Fueling socially minded entrepreneurship in parts of Latin America.

NYU Wagner students tackled these and many other issues in their yearlong Capstone consulting and research projects for client organizations – and their findings and recommendations will be presented Tuesday, May 14, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion (60 Washington Square South, at the corner of LaGuardia Place, New York, NY).

This year-end Capstone End Event exhibition is free and open to the public. Media coverage is invited.

The Capstone program is a unique, highly regarded feature of the core curriculum at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, providing graduate students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to work in a team to perform a vital service for the public good.

Each team of students, working under the supervision of an experienced faculty member, tackles an important problem for a nonprofit, public, or private sector agency engaged in initiatives for the public good. This year, students worked on complex challenges related to issues of affordable housing, education, social enterprise development, and urban mobility, among others, in New York City and around the world.

Some of this year’s Capstone teams provided assistance to:

• A nonprofit looking for creative concepts to redevelop a 48-acre “post-industrial” brownfield in the South Bronx.

• A transportation institute exploring the establishment of a direct railroad track connection from Midtown Manhattan through central Queens to JFK Airport.

• Researchers seeking to learn whether crime levels are a significant predicator of the intensity of stop, question, and frisk policies in New York City.

• A regional justice center looking to design an anti-hunger campaign in parts of the American South.

• A partnership working to accelerate the success of early-stage entrepreneurs in Latin America who are committed to solving social and environmental problems.

• A municipal development organization seeking to assess the value of public-private partnerships in parts of southern and eastern Africa.

RSVP is required. Please visit to register.

About NYU Wagner:
NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service educates and prepares the world’s future public service leaders. Our students translate personal commitment into nonprofit, government, and private sector careers that impact the world's most pressing issues. Our faculty conduct research that changes the way we frame, understand, analyze, and act on issues of public importance. We offer Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Executive Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. For more information, please visit

About the Capstone Program at NYU Wagner:
Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. NYU Wagner’s Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. For more information, visit

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Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

NYU Wagner Student Consulting and Research Teams to Unveil 2012-13 Capstone Projects in Public Service

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