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TURLOCK — Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth has awarded two Stanislaus State University students the Turlock Mayor’s Public Policy Award for their research project entitled “Bridge the College Campus and Downtown Turlock Gap.”
Nathan Straubinger and Logan Martinez, both of Turlock will receive $3,000 for their research efforts and will be recognized at the Feb. 14 Turlock City Council meeting.
“Their proposal to bridge the gap between the campus and downtown complements our city’s other efforts to make Turlock a welcoming place for Stanislaus State students,” Soiseth said in a release. “I’m especially proud that the two have chosen to use the funds for the implementation of the award, not merely taking the money for themselves. It’s this selfless dedication and innovative thinking that will lead to a positive impact on our community.”
The Turlock Mayor’s Award for Public Policy Research began in the spring of 2015 when the mayor approached Stan State to explore ways to use his mayoral stipend to benefit university students and the city of Turlock.
The university issued a call for research proposals in late fall of 2016 from both undergraduate and graduate students focusing on public policy questions that San Joaquin Valley communities face.
The submitted proposals were reviewed through a competitive process by a panel comprised of the mayors of Riverbank, Waterford, Oakdale, Patterson, Modesto as well as Turlock.