Nov 21 2013

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Travel and Research Grants for Geography Majors

The Geography Department is pleased to invite geography majors to apply for research and travel grants funded by the Rountree Endowment for Geography.*  This Endowment was created specifically to support geography majors engaged in independent research projects and/or study abroad programs.

During the 2013-2014 Academic Year, the department may fund as many as 3 grants totaling $1800.  The maximum grant award will be $1000.  Funds will not be available before February 2014 and will only be granted as reimbursements for project-related expenses.

Eligibility for 50th Anniversary Endowment grants is limited to geography majors who are enrolled in UMW courses during the 2013-2014 academic year or who are enrolled in a study abroad program approved through UMW’s Center for International Education.

To apply for a grant please work with your academic advisor or another member of the geography faculty to fill out the Rountree_Grant_application_form.  You will also need at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (Recommendation Form).  Applications will be evaluated by the Geography faculty and decisions will be based on the quality of the proposal and the applicant’s record of achievement. The department maintains the right not to award any funds and re-issue a call for proposals at a later date.

All applications are due by Wednesday, December 11th at 5:00pm.  Please submit applications by e-mail to Dr. Stephen Hanna (


* Jeff W. Rountree (UMW 1991), CEO of the UMW Foundation and president of Eagle Property Holdings LLC, and his wife, Lisa, gave the initial gift that established the endowment in 2009.  Since then dozens of other geography alumni have made generous contributions.

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Mar 19 2013

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Symposium & Banquet Planning

For many years now, the Geography Department has hosted a research symposium and banquet. This year, they will occur on Wednesday April 17.

The symposium provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research over the past year; anyone interested may sit in on any or all of the presentations. Presentations take place in Monroe 240 throughout the day, while posters are in Monroe 319. We will have several sessions and encourage you to attend!!

Student presenters are selected based on the recommendations of professors, usually from classes the previous semester, sometimes as part of an Individual Study. This year, we have a number of speakers from Senior Seminars and from Individual Studies or GISC capstone courses. Original papers may have been improved by incorporating a professor’s comments but they are otherwise the student’s work. The presentation can be included on a resume; it is really good practice for graduate school and certain kinds of jobs!

Oral Presentations

In this type of presentation a student speaks for 15-20 minutes and then answers questions for 5-10 minutes. Some students choose to use a PowerPoint presentation or slides as a visual aid, though this is not required. Usually, two students with related topics share a 50 minute period – so there are five or six sessions throughout the day.

Poster Sessions

From 12.00-2.00 pm posters will be placed in Monroe 319, the Physical Lab. Students will be nearby for at least one hour of this time to explain their project and to answer questions. You are free to wander around the room, stopping by posters at your leisure. Posters work best for very visual presentations, where there are multiple maps or images.

The Banquet will be held at Brock’s Riverside Grill on Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg. It will be a buffet style meal, with a variety of menu items, and is always a very nice evening out. Dress is ‘business casual’. Price of dinner for geography majors and GIS certificate students will be $10.00; the price for guests is $30.00. After dinner, the Department will recognize students who have reached the highest levels in geography and awards will be presented.

Dr. Dawn Bowen is organizing this year’s symposium & banquet, with the help of the faculty. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Dr. Bowen at, Monroe 311

Dr. Gallagher emailed invitations to the Banquet today (March 19) – if you didn’t get one but should have done, please email me!

ALUM! We’d love you to come too, if you are nearby

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Feb 12 2013

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More Opportunites in Geography!

We have received several notices for internships and employment opportunities lately.  I have posted these on the Geography Club bulletin board (outside the labs) but am also posting them here.

First, a presentation WITH FREE PIZZA! open to everyone, about career opportunities in the National Parks – to be held on Wednesday, Feb 20th Jepson 219 at 4 pm  NPS1 Flyer – Spring2013

Second, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announces the opening of their 2013 Scholarship Program. Deadline for application is APRIL 19  USGIF scholarship announcement 2013

Third, a summer field training opportunity with the United States Geological Survey – Water Mission Area in North Dakota GIS intern description 2013

And last FOUR DIFFERENT employment opportunities with Courage Services, Inc. – a small, Arlington, VA-based company specializing in cultural and geographic research. Courage has researched, compiled and mapped thousands of ethnic/tribal groups and developed unique placename and geographic data for the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Northern Africa.

We will be taking orders for GEOGRAPHY CLUB T-SHIRTS soon, cost will be about $15

Please ask if you have any questions:

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Jan 23 2013

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Welcome to Spring 2013!

A little belated – but it is ONLY Day 2 in Week 2! I do already feel behind…

In this post,  announcing some internship and volunteer opportunities AmeriCorps Flyer version 3 small and  Announcements Jan 13

Add to that information about the 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Email announcement sp 13 plus 50thAnniversaryEndowmentApp and Recommendation Form The deadline for Spring 2013 is Friday January 25 – but if you are thinking of a future project, read this information to see how you might fund it

The Geography Club had its first meeting today (Wednesday Jan 23) -highlights!

Since many students have received and completed a survey about the proposed Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis (MSGA), I answered a few questions about that: the department is proposing a one-year master’s program; it has been approved by UMW committees, but still needs to go through the UMW Board of Visitors and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). SCHEV has a specific format for the proposal, with specific information required – and one item is student surveys to show interest in such a program. Hopefully, all will be approved by the summer, and in the Fall of 2013 we will be allowed to advertize for a new tenure-track hire in geospatial technologies. The program would then start in Fall 2014.

David announced winners of the photograph and map competition – we’ll be in touch with those people in the next two days!

The t-shirt design that was chosen will be perfected (thank you Megan) and Chino will look around for prices, then we’ll send out an order form – we want to pre-order so that we get the right number of shirts.

We talked about when we should have meetings – working on once a week, at two different times, but always the same times… also hoping to promote the club within the department more effectively

Talked about activities for the spring – students are joining intramural sports teams, planning a hike, planning to geocache, to watch movies with Dr. Bowen, to hear study-abroad students from the geography department speak about their experiences, and other things (trivia at the Underground, trivia table when it is over 30F outside,  presentations by professors…) ! Going to put together a schedule as soon as we figure it out.

That means that if you have any ideas, you can still send them in and help decide what the club does this term!

Don’t forget the Department Symposium is Weds April 17 all day – hear upperclassmen speak about their research – and the Banquet is that same night at Brock’s Riverside Grill on Sophia Street – dinner for majors is subsidized by the department, $15 each, and a great time will be had by all!! The Club suggests a brown bag lunch during the poster sessions that day, just so we can spend more time with each other!


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Nov 12 2012

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Happy Geography Awareness Week!

This week is officially Geography Awareness Week, so be sure to tell your friends about it!

We extended the deadline for the map & photo competition till tonight (Monday, Nov 12) at midnight…  Winners will be announced and prizes given on Friday Nov 16 at a potluck dinner in the Physical Lab

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’ll hold the Trivia Table outside Lee Hall – prizes are candy, posters & books (donated by Wiley) – please swing past and take a shot at some geography trivia questions!!

Tomorrow evening, UMW Geography will be represented at the National Museum of the Marine Corps’s Geography Day  –  we’ll be doing a ‘food miles’ activities with the young students who attend, spreading the word about the Wonderful World of Geography!

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Oct 26 2012

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Geography Awareness Week Activities (Nov 12-16)

The UMW Geography Club has decided to hold a series of activities for Geography Awareness Week!

Geography Awareness Week is a national event, November 11-17 2012 (Supported by organization such as National Geographic, Google Earth, ESRI…)

  •  The UMW Geography Club is holding a MAP COMPETITION and a PHOTO COMPETITION to celebrate –
    • Anyone can enter
    • Entries must be received by Friday November 9 at midnight
    • Email to the Geography Club:
    • Submit as JPEG or PDF format
    • Map entries must be CREATED BY YOU and should be something original, not done for a class! Try looking for ideas online (e.g. – but DON’T PLAGARIZE!)
    • Photo entries must be TAKEN BY YOU – but could have been taken 2 years ago, there is no time limit
    • Judges will be geography professors
    • Prizes will be awarded for the best 3 maps, and the best 3 photos
  • The Geography Club is also holding TWO DAYS of GEOGRAPHY TRIVIA QUIZ on tables outside Lee Hall, Tuesday Nov 13, 11-2pm and Wednesday Nov 14, 11-2 pm PLUS a Geography Trivia NightContest on Thursday Nov 15 (details TBA)
    • You can be involved by
  1. Going along to answer a question and win a prize!
  2. Taking friends with you so they can see how good you really are at geography…!
  3. Helping at the tables for an hour or two – if you want to help, email me or the club
  • Details on Geography Trivia Night TBA
  • Ø We’re planning an International Pot-Luck Dinner on Friday Nov 16 to award Map & Photo Competition Prizes – details TBA, but around 6pm, Physical Lab, everyone welcome, bring something to eat from a defined place!

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Oct 22 2012

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Career Advice Session Wednesday October 24 at 4pm in Monroe 319

Dr. Bowen & Dr. Gallagher will be holding a Career Advice Session this coming Wednesday October 24 at 4pm in Monroe 319 (physical lab) – the following day, UMW is holding a Career Fair in Woodard, so this is partly preparation for your exploration of the Career Fair! We will offer practical advice, including:

  • Resume vs. Cover letter – what goes in each?
  • Letters of Recommendation – who to ask, when, what to provide
  • How to prepare for a Career Fair: what you should be looking to get out of it at different stages of your academic career
  • What to do – and what NOT to do – during an interview
  • You may bring your current resume – we may have time to look over it and give you pointers!

UMW Career Day 2012 is Thursday, October 25  3-6 pm in the Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

Career Day attracts local and regional employers who will be searching to fill full-time and internship positions. Organizations attending include representatives from corporations, federal and state government, and non-profit organizations. All students are welcome and are encouraged to arrive with resumes and dressed in business professional attire. To see a list of registered employers, click here. Pre-registration for students is not required.

Feel free to forward all student requests regarding Resumania! or Career Day to the Office of Career Services at or 540-654-1022.

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Oct 09 2012

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Questions about grad school? Info Session Tomorrow!

Why go to grad school?                         

                        What can I expect as a grad student?                  

                                           What program is right for me?

                                                                      How do I APPLY to grad school?

                                                                                          How will I pay for grad school?!

Have your questions answered!
10/10 at 4:00 PM in Monroe 319
Sponsored by the Geography Department & Club

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Oct 04 2012

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Going on this week…

Meeting TODAY Thursday 2pm in Monroe 319

–          Talk about Geography Awareness Week Trivia Table planning (November 12-16): prizes, location, timing, etc. – with Dr. Finlayson – email her if you want to be involved but can’t make this meeting!

Saturday October 6, 10 am: meet at Monroe – carpool to Chatham Manor for field trip!

Sunday October 7, 8 pm, Monroe 319: Cuba: The Accidental Revolution (Sustainable Agriculture) (45 minutes) – EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Sustainable Agriculture examines Cuba’s response to the food crisis created by the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989. At one time Cuba’s agrarian culture was as conventional as the rest of the world. It experienced its first “Green Revolution” when Russia was supplying Cuba with chemical and mechanical “inputs.” However, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 ended all of that, and almost overnight threw Cuba’s whole economic system into crisis. Factories closed, food supplies plummeted. Within a year the country had lost over 80% of its foreign trade. With the loss of their export markets and the foreign exchange to pay for imports, Cuba was unable to feed its population and the country was thrown into a crisis. The average daily caloric intake of Cubans dropped by a third.  Without fertilizer and pesticides, Cubans turned to organic methods. Without fuel and machinery parts, Cubans turned to oxen. Without fuel to transport food, Cubans started to grow food in the cities where it is consumed. Urban gardens were established in vacant lots, school playgrounds, patios and back yards. As a result Cuba created the largest program in sustainable agriculture ever undertaken. By 1999 Cuba’s agricultural production had recovered and in some cases reached historic levels.

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Oct 01 2012

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Coffee & Cookies Tuesday 10/2

We’ll be hosting coffee and cookies tomorrow morning (10/02) at 10:45am in Monroe 319 (Physical lab). We’ll be discussing this weekend’s field trip among other things.

It’s been great having everyone so far so lets keep it up!

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