Voinovich MPA student named 2015 ASPA Founders' Fellow

Emily Bamforth
February 3, 2015

Seema Mahato is one of 15 outstanding students in public administration chosen to head to the Windy City in March to present her work and learn about the latest advancements in her field.

Mahato, a second-year MPA student at the Voinovich School, will attend the American Society for Public Administration’s national conference in Chicago as a Founders’ Fellow.

The five-day event will allow Mahato to attend educational sessions and hear distinguished speakers from all over the world. One of the aspects of the fellowship Mahato said she’s most excited for is the mentoring she will receive – professionals volunteer to serve as mentors for the fellows.

Mahato said she has been interested in attending a conference for some time, and she was particularly intrigued by this year’s conference topic, “Building a Stronger and more Equitable Society."

“A strong public administration or strong administrators envision this goal,” she said. “(It’s something I hope to do) when I’m in the field.

Mahato will be presenting her paper “Public Service in the Twenty-First Century: Optimizing vs. Rationing.” The work, which she wrote as part of the materials for the program, discusses possible solutions for the revival of the public sector, such as balancing accountability with authority and undertaking sector capacity building initiatives, she said.

The conference will run March 6 through 10.