CED student Sam Gebb was recently awarded the prestigious Selected Profession Fellowship by the American Association of University Women, an organization that recognizes scholars who lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.
Gebb is currently pursuing concurrent Masters of Architecture and Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a certificate in Global Urban Humanities at CED. Her work explores the interplay of bodies and the built environment with a specific interest in kinesthetic agency of the user. Her research poses the questions: How does the built environment affect our bodies and our movement choices, and in turn, how do we affect our environments? Can human movement constitute an architectural medium?
Other UC Berkeley recipients include Sylvia Lewin, a doctoral candidate in physics, and Lousie Ly, a doctoral candidate in sociology.
AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 13,000 women from more than 145 countries since 1888. For the 2018–19 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.9 million through six fellowships and grants programs to 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.
“AAUW fellows and grantees have contributed so much to the world at large,” said Kimberly Churches, the chief executive officer of AAUW. “These trailblazers are breaking the mold in nontraditional fields and redefining what leadership and expertise look like. AAUW is proud to support them with the resources necessary to excel in their chosen fields.”
The funding helps women continue their education and research, especially given that the growing burden of student debt disproportionately impacts women. AAUW’s awards alleviate that burden so women can focus on developing the skills and experience they need to excel.