Vance Roper, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Army and a dual-degree graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was awarded the first annual Student Veteran Academic Leadership Award and will be recognized May 23 by The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers.

Because of his outstanding accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom, Roper was chosen as this year’s graduate awardee, selected by the SVALA.

In the fall of 2008, the LBJ School launched the new Master of Global Policy Studies program, designed to prepare future policy makers for the complex global environment. In a further effort to ensure students are at the forefront of understanding the global policy landscape, the LBJ School created international partnership programs with six schools from around the globe. These programs represent formal, collaborative relationships geared toward providing international learning opportunities for students and faculty.

Each year, students at the LBJ School participate in a yearlong policy research project that focuses on a large policy issue. Students spend a year at the school diving into a real-world problem and researching a solution with their instructor. This type of policy research has been at the core of the school’s curriculum since its inception more than 40 years ago.

From elementary school classmates to college roommates, Jason Wible, David Harris, and Brian Carver have been friends for 30 years and have shared a passion for public service. Though they are now geographically separated, the three remain close making frequent efforts to reunite with one another. On one such reunion, their conversation turned more serious as they began discussing the challenges students pursuing public service careers face due to student debt and financial hardships.

LBJ School of Public Affairs Global Policy Studies student, Robbie Paras, and The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts Ethnic Studies Junior, Loyce Gayo James, were awarded the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards for the Spring 2015 semester. The two students each received a $1,000 stipend made possible by Michael and Alice Kuhn through the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship Program.

For the 2014-15 school year, Professor Todd Olmstead is running a Policy Research Project to benefit Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS). Over the course of the year, students will participate in research and analysis including ridealongs, guest speakers, and listening to emergency calls to determine how to optimize ATCEMS in the face of a changing healthcare scene.