Geography

Students returning after a research trip

What’s New Among Undergraduate Students


2013

Congratulations to Michino Hisabayashi '15 for being as the 2013 Mosakowski HERO Fellow. HERO Fellows are paid for eight weeks of full-time research, and also provided with a substantial living stipend.

Congratulations to Gaia Khairina'15 for being named as the 2013 O'Connor HERO Fellow.  HERO Fellows are paid for eight weeks of full-time research, and also provided with a substantial living stipend.

Congratulations to Emily Sturdivant '13 for receiving the first annual Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award, which carries with it a $500 stipend. This award is given to award is given to an outstanding junior or senior in Geography who shows the passion for the environment in their education and research that Marcia Szugda-Emani exhibited in her support of environmental education at Clark University.

Congratulations to Joseph Danko '13 for receiving the 2013 Ellen Churchill Semple Award, which carries with it a $200 stipend and was presented at the 2013 Honors Convocation Ceremony.

Congratulations to Yelena Finegold '13 for receiving the 2013 IDRISI GIS Excellence Award. This award is given to an outstanding Geography major who shows excellence in the field of Geographic Information Science and comes with a $200 stipend.

Congratulations to sisters Lauren Ziemer '13 and Martha Ziemer '13 for receiving the 2013 NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award. This award, which carries with it a $100 stipend for each recipient, is co-sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.

Congratulations to April Herleikson '13, who received the 2013 Linda Roth Student Activist Award. This award is given to an outstanding Global Environmental Studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that Linda Roth (a graduate of the Geography Ph.D. program and a life-long social justice & environmental activist) demonstrated during her life. This award carries with it a $150 stipend.

Congratulations to Zoe Ritter '14 and Gabrielle Kent '15, who were named the 2013 Peter J. Condakes Summer Research Fellows. To be considered for this award (which is open to sophomores or juniors studying Geography, Global Environmental Studies, and Earth System Science) students must submit a research proposal alongside a faculty mentor to be conducted during the summer months. Both Zoe and Gabrielle’s proposals were selected this year, and they have each received a $1,500 stipend to support the costs of their research.

Congratulations to Yelena Finegold '13, who has been accepted for a prestigious Forest Futures summer internship in Rome with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO).  Yelena will work with the UN FAO Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) team to predict and analyze forest change from 2010 to 2030 and 2050.

2012

Congratulations to Andrew Hostetler '13 for being named the 2012 O'Connor HERO Fellow. HERO Fellows are paid $4,500 for eight weeks of full-time research, and also provided with a substantial living stipend.  Andrew will present his research at the 2013 Annual Association of Geographers (AAG) scholarly meeting in Los Angeles in April, 2013.

Congratulations to Mette Fog Olwig '05 who just received her PhD, dissertation titled, "Living with Development and Climate Change in Northern Ghana. Global Processes and Translocal Relations" from the Dept of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen Defended on October 1st, 2012.

Congratulations to Andrew (A.J.) Shatz '12 for being awarded a $500 stipend for receiving 1st prize in the RSSG/GISSG/CSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition for his poster titled, "Characterizing the Distribution of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Worcester County, Massachusetts using Mahalanobis Typicality."

Congratulations to Dylan Broderick '12 for receiving the 2012 Ellen Churchill Semple Award, which carries with it a $200 stipend and was presented at the 2011 Honors Convocation Ceremony.

Congratulations to Parker Edmonds '12 for receiving the 2012 IDRISI GIS Excellence Award. This award is given to an outstanding Geography major who shows excellence in the field of Geographic Information Science.

Congratulations to Andrew (AJ) Shatz '12 for receiving the 2012 NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award. This award, which carries with it a $200 stipend, is co-sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.

Congratulations to Tatiana Baglioni '13 for receiving the 2012 Strabo Award. This award is given in recognition of intellectual leadership, exploration, and creativity, and carries with it a $100 stipend. It is named for the Greek Geographer, Strabo, whose seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Geographica, changed the known world of his time.

Congratulations to Serena Galleshaw '12, who received the 2012 Linda Roth Student Activist Award. This award is given to an outstanding Global Environmental Studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that Linda Roth (a graduate of the Geography Ph.D. program and a life-long social justice & environmental activist) demonstrated during her life.

2011

Congratulations to Abigail (Abby) Kaminski '11, a dual Geography and Economics major, who received the 2011 Paul P. Vouras Social Science Award. This prestigious award, which is sponsored from a permanent endowment fund established by Paul P. Vouras, class of 1951, is offered to an outstanding graduating senior, and carries with it a $1,000 stipend.

Congratulations to undergraduates Yelena Finegold '13 and Holly Jones '12 for receiving the 2011 Condakes Research Award Fellowship, which includes a $1000 stipend for each student to work as a summer research assistant. Read about their projects in the Fall 2011 issue of Geography News.

Congratulations to Alicia Cavanaugh '11 for receiving the 2011 Ellen Churchill Semple Award, which carries with it a $200 stipend and was presented at the 2011 Honors Convocation Ceremony.

Congratulations to Andrew (AJ) Shatz '12 for receiving the 2011 IDRISI GIS Excellence Award. This award is given to an outstanding Geography major who shows excellence in the field of Geographic Information Science.

Congratulations to Angela Marshall '11 for receiving the 2011 NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award. This award, which carries with it a $200 stipend, is co-sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.

Congratulations to Dylan Broderick '12 for receiving the 2011 Strabo Award. This award is given in recognition of intellectual leadership, exploration, and creativity, and carries with it a $100 stipend. It is named for the Greek Geographer, Strabo, whose seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Geographica, changed the known world of his time.

Congratulations to Callista Perry '11, who received the 2011 Linda Roth Student Activist Award. This award is given to an outstanding Global Environmental Studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that Linda Roth (a graduate of the Geography Ph.D. program and a life-long social justice & environmental activist) demonstrated during her life.

2010

Congratulations to undergraduate Kristin Travis '10 who won 1st place for her poster presentation for the session Topics in Environment and Water Resources at the annual AAG conference in Washington, D.C. April 14-18th, 2010.

Congratulations to Abby Kaminski ('11, Economics and Geography major) and Andrew Shatz ('12, Geography major) who have all been chosen as HERO fellows for the summer.

Congratulations to Blaize Denfeld ('10, Earth Systems Science major, Geography minor) and Cassandra Volatile-Wood ('12, Earth Systems Science major) on being selected for the summer 2010 Polaris Project, which will bring them to the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, East Siberia. Cassandra will be a first-time participant, and Blaize has been selected as a returning student (allowing her to expand on her current senior honors research for her 5th year MA GISci thesis next year).


2009

Congratulations to Claire Griffin ('10, Geography major, ES minor), Blaize Denfeld ('10, ESS major, Geography minor), and Boyd Zapatka ('10, Geography major, ES minor) on being selected for the summer 2009 Polaris Project.

Katherine Willis, Boyd Zapatka, and Karen Frey were mentioned in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for their work with the Polaris Project this summer. Read the article here.

Kelsey Herrington '09 has been named a Mosakowski HERO Fellow. Read more.

Laura Merner received a first place Norb Psuty Student Paper Merit Award (sponsored by the Coastal Marine and Specialty Group) at the 2008 AAGs.

Joseph Fortier (Accelerated MA student) received third place in the 2008 AAGs Remote Sensing Specialty Group Paper Competition in Boston, MA.

Paula (Kiviranta) Zimmerman was co-recipient of the 2008 Paul P. Vouras Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Social Sciences.

Claire Griffin, Boyd Zapatka, and Katherine Willis have been selected from Clark University to participate in The Polaris Project during Summer 2008. The Polaris Project is a National Science Foundation-funded field experience for undergraduates to take place in Cherskij, East Siberia, focusing on impacts of climate warming on carbon cycling in the Arctic.

Paula (Kiviranta) Zimmerman was selected as the 2007 Maxfield Scholarship winner by Gamma Theta Upsilon, geography's national honor society. The award involved a $500 stipend.

Paula (Kiviranta) Zimmerman has been awarded the Jefferson Prize for outstanding Junior entering Senior Year.

Kate Del Vecchio won 1st Place in the Applied Geography Specialty Group's Undergraduate Paper Competition at the 2007 AAG Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Joe Fortier won 1st Place in the Remote Sensing/Cartography & GIS Specialty Group's Student Illustrated Paper Competition at the 2007 AAG Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Dawn Gedenberg and Nagraj Rao won 2nd Place in the Water Resources Specialty Group's Undergraduate Illustrated Paper Competition at the 2007 AAG Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Troy Hill won 1st Place in the Applied Geography Specialty Group's Graduate Paper Competition with his B.A. honors paper from last year's graduation at the 2007 AAG Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Paula Kiviranta-Zimmerman won 1st Place in the Applied Geography Specialty Group's Undergraduate Paper Award, presented by the Urban Geography Specialty Group, at the 2007 AAG Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Alina Taus, Joanna Plunkett, and Paula Kiviranta-Zimmerman were elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Laura Merner has been awarded an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates, sponsored by NSF) in Integrated Environmental Science at the Environment Science Institute, University of Texas.

Tim Currie has been awarded and NSF Doctoral Fellowship.

Paula Kiviranta-Zimmerman has won the Urban Geography Specialty Group Glenda Laws Undergraduate Paper Competition for her paper "Social Justice in the Multi-Ethnic City: What is the Urban Reality for Immigrants in Sweden".


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