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legacy and pilot award winners

The Pilot and Legacy Awards are the most prestigious student-nominated awards for graduating MPP and BA students. This year, a record number of nominations were submitted by Batten students, faculty and staff who were impacted by Batten’s Class of 2021.

From left, Kirsten Gelsdorf, Victor Luftig, John Holbein, Talitha LeFlouria and Kate Stephenson won this year’s Faculty Public Service Awards.

Batten professors Kirsten Gelsdorf and John Holbein were two of the five University of Virginia faculty members to be recognized with 2020-21 Public Service Awards for their dedication to work that enhances student experiences and engages communities nearby and around the world.


Batten student Heeyon Joy Kim (MPP '21), who has been taking classes remotely from Korea during the pandemic, is working to be a voice for vulnerable children.


As he awaits the NFL Draft this week, Batten student and co-captain of the football team Terrell Jana (BA '21), looks back on his time at UVA, where he learned that athletes can shape public policy.

Lead from Anywhere

Despite major disruptions in the hiring market posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Batten’s most recent graduates demonstrate that a Batten education continues to be in high demand among employers across sectors.

Nature cover

In a new paper featured on the cover of Nature, Batten’s Gabrielle Adams, Benjamin Converse and co-authors explain why people systematically overlook subtractive improvements.

Brad Carson

Brad Carson, a native Oklahoman who represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives, taught courses related to national security and public sector innovation at Batten.


Tatenda Mabikacheche (MPP ’21) grew up in Zimbabwe during a period of incredible economic instability. What she’s learned during her time at Batten, she said, can help her country rebuild.


Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia (SE@UVA), a Batten School initiative, is marking its 10-year anniversary with a renewed commitment to educate the next generation of social innovation leaders.


Committee chairs have long been considered power brokers for lawmaking, but according to research from the Center for Effective Lawmaking, their lawmaking effectiveness is diminishing. In an op-ed for The Hill, Batten's Craig Volden and Vanderbilt University's Alan E. Wiseman write about the trend.