Food Lab Graduate Students Receive Department Awards

The School of Architecture and Planning recently celebrated the academic achievements of students. During the Awards Celebration, three members of the Food Lab were recognized for their work.

Maryam Khojasteh, MUP, and Sarah Sangiovanni, MUP, both received the Chair’s Award for Academic Promise in recognition of their potential for the pursuit of advanced learning beyond the Master’s degree and for future contributions to planning scholarship.

Jennifer Whittaker received the Academic Excellence Award in recognition of achieving the highest overall GPA in the MUP program as a returning student.

Three of the Food Lab members are also graduating this year.  Travis Norton received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in December and is now serving as a Project Coordinator in the Food Lab.  Maryam Khojasteh will also receive her Masters in Urban Planning in May, 2014 and is continuing her research on immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurs and their role in strengthening local food systems.  Sarah Sangiovanni also received her MUP in December and is currently assisting with the Growing Food Connections Project.