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Carrie Schuettpelz – Winner of the 2023 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

Friday, December 8, 2023
Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz (Associate Professor, UI School of Planning & Public Affairs) has been honored with the 2023 Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant for her forthcoming book The Indian Card. The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is awarded to writers in the process of finishing insightful and well-researched works of nonfiction.
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Capstone Project Receives Exemplary Student Project Award

Thursday, November 30, 2023
A group of recent planning graduates has received the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Exemplary Student Project Award for the City of Clinton’s Liberty Square Master Plan. The award recognizes undergraduate or graduate student projects and research that represents a professional level of work that contributes to advances in the field of planning.
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Zuhlke Receives ARNOVA Award for Dissertation

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Professor Samantha Zuhlke has received the Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research for her dissertation, “A Political Theory of Nonprofits: Partisanship Policy and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector.”