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URP student receives prestigious national award

TAMPA, Fla. -- The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2011-12 Career Development Grant to University of South Florida student Rebekah Brightbill. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning.

“It is an incredible honor to be a part of the incredible and diverse field of AAUW honorees. This award expands my capacity to take classes that would have been otherwise unfeasible,” Brightbill said of the award.

AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants to offer “encouragement” funding to members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement. The grants now help women preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce.

Brightbill has a B.A. in community development with a U.S. Urban Economic Development focus, and will graduate in 2012 with a M.A. in urban and regional planning. At USF she was the recipient of Best Student Paper in the Urban Planning Category at the 2010 Florida Society of Geographers Annual Conference for her submission titled "Suburbanization, Urban Decline, and Public Policy in Manatee County," and was a member of 2011 USF Urban Land Institute Gerald Hines Student Design Competition Team.


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Author: Lauren Laffer