Student Recognition

Cristy Jensen Award

The Department of Public Policy and Administration created the Distinguished Graduate Award in honor of our founding faculty member, Professor Emeritus Cristy Jensen. Affectionately known as the Cristy Jensen Award, MPPA students selected for this honor exhibited throughout their graduate careers the qualities Dr. Jensen valued most:

    • academic achievement
    • active involvement in the PPA community
    • peer mentoring
    • demonstrated leadership
    • professionalism

Meet the Cristy Jensen Award recipients.

Graduation with Distinction

The College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes master's students who are graduating with distinction. To qualify for this honor a master's student must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.8 and have completed a culminating project that the faculty considers distinctive.

Meet the award recipients from our Department.

Other Awards and Recognition


PPA student, Jodi Lewis, won the 2014 Student Research Symposium at Sacramento State.  

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Two MPPA Alumni were honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2014.

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James P. Mayer
, MPPA '92
2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Keri Thomas
, MPPA '06
2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipient