AAUW Presents Florida Tech Award to Graduating Senior

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Melbourne Branch, presented the organization’s Academic Award for Excellence for Women to Florida Tech graduating senior Britney Ocean Pennington. Pennington, a resident of Orlando, will graduate with faculty honors on May 3 with dual degrees in biochemistry and biological sciences (molecular biology). Honored for her academic excellence, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), the highest possible.

A Distinguished Student Scholar, Pennington was also named Outstanding Senior for 2006-2007. She is a member of the Tri-Beta Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She has also been an intern at Cornell University, working on a plant genome research project.

In fall 2008, Pennington will begin a biomolecular science and engineering doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her emphasis will be molecular biology and biochemistry.

Melbourne Branch AAUW representative, Janice Teegen, Florida Tech instructor of humanities and communication, presented the award.
Founded in 1881, AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal changes. The organization, including the Melbourne Branch, is open to all graduates who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university. The AAUW, through its Educational Foundation, provides scholarship and fellowship funding to support women in graduate school and in research.
PHOTO:  Janice Teegen, Florida Tech instructor of humanities and communications, presents the AAUW Award to Britney Ocean Pennington.

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