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Prestigious grant

URS Ph.D. student earns $25K
Robert Wood Johnson grant



Meghan Wieters, an doctoral student in Urban and Regional Sciences, recently received a $25,000 dissertation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Active Living, making her the third Urban and Regional Sciences Ph.D. student to receive this prestigious grant in the last two years.

Previous recipients were Xuemei Zhu and Praveen Maghelal.

The grant will help fund Wieter’s research into integrating walking as a means of transportation for office workers. She is currently studying patterns of physical activity by office workers, applying an intervention aimed at increasing their number of walking trips per week.

“The combination of utility of integrating daily needs with physical activity enables people the ability to adopt better habits as a matter of course in their lives,” said Wieter, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. “Receiving the funding is a great honor,” she added. “It facilitates my ability to collect research data and is a strong, confirmation of the validity of this type of research.”

Learn more about the grant online at”

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