Field Area Papers/Projects
MURP students may choose to either prepare an original research paper or project in their field of specialization. The research paper or project is meant to demonstrate a student's ability to integrate and apply material from his or her course work and is designed in consultation with faculty. For examples of and ideas for Field Area Papers, look below. Here's some guidance, from School Director Ethan Seltzer, on Field Area Papers:
What is a Field?
A field is a planning topic or set of planning topics that constitute an area of specialization for planning practice. There is a lot of overlap between fields. Nonetheless, association with a field enables students to focus their professional interests and equip themselves with relevant coursework and other experiences.
What is a Field Area Paper?
A Field Area Paper (FAP) should be developed to meet the following objectives:
A Field Area Paper is not a thesis or disseration. It is not expected to be voluminous. It is not expected to be exhaustive in its coverage, research, or results. A Field Area Paper is acceptable when it meets or exceeds the standards for a professional work. A Field Area Paper is exceptional when:
A Field Area Paper is an individual piece of work, but it benefits tremendously from interaction with readers, other students and faculty, practitioners, and community members.
What are the steps that I should go through to meet the Field Area Paper requirement?
If you plan on doing a field area paper, take a look at the CUPA Library on the 7th floor of the Urban Center. All FAPs are there. Here are some recent transportation FAPs:
Morgan Shook, Transportation Barriers and Health Access for Patient Attending a Community Health Center, Spring 2005.
Mike Tresidder, Using GIS to Measure Connectivity: An Exploration of Issues, Winter 2005.
Theresa Carr, The Mobility of Elderly Persons in the Portland Metropolitan Region, Summer 2003
Mauricio LeClerc, Bicycle Planning in the City of Portland: Evaluation of the City's Bicycle Master Plan and Statistical Analysis of the Relationship between the City's Bicycle Network and Bicycle Commute, Spring 2002 (very large pdf file, ~8 mb)
Shayna Rehberg, Safe Routes to School in Portland, Oregon, Fall 2003.
Michael Rose, Neighborhood Design & Mode Choice, Spring 2004.
Kerri Sullivan, Transportation & Work: Exploring Car Usage and Employment Outcomes in the LSAL Data, Spring 2003
Shimon Israel, Street Connectivity, Land Use and Transportation, and the Master Street Plans in Portland, Oregon, Spring 2002.Need ideas for research?
The Transportation Research Board Census Subcommittee developed a list of research ideas for student papers using 2000 Census data. They have also developed a list of ideas using the National Household Travel Survey data.
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