October 3, 2017

Fall is finally here but the thermometer says otherwise. We should ask our State Climatologist (Dr. Kevin Law) where are the cool temperatures?

There are plenty of exciting opportunities this week for our current students and recent graduates.

On the academic front:
The Applied Geography Student Research Fellowship Competition (open to graduate students and undergraduate students) is due December 15, 2017 (a second competition will occur in mid-2018). The AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group will award undergraduate fellowships (up to $350), Master’s fellowships (up to $500) and Doctoral fellowships (up to $1000) to support any applied geography topic being researched by a student in conjunction with a faculty mentor. The Applied Geography Student Research Fellowship support may be used for any reasonable expenses associated with developing and/or disseminating the research. Eligibility is limited to current student members of the Applied Geography Specialty Group who are enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at time of award. Please note that separate competitions will be held for Ph.D., M.A./M.S, and undergraduate students, and two competitions will be held this academic year: December 2017 and spring 2018. The application packet includes: 1) a 3 page proposal with name, affiliation, and a discussion of the research question(s), proposed method(s), and expected results/significance. Applicants must also include a letter of support from the faculty mentor (the letter of support can be emailed by the applicant or the faculty mentor).

Eligibility Requirements
• Must be a dues-paying member of the AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group
• Must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at time of award
• Topic must be clearly defined as a contribution to applied geography

Applicants should send their completed application materials to Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne at timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu by 5 pm (EST) on December 15, 2017. Winners will be contacted in late January 2018.

On the networking front:
The 2018 Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference is taking place in Washington, D.C. March 20-21. This is a great conference to attend, especially if you intend to apply your GIS and related skills at the government level. More information.

On the job front:
Here are the most recent job opportunities in the region. Many of these are entry-level (i.e. do not require extensive years of experience), and there are a couple that are field-base- for those of you not interested in being in an office or cublicle.

GIS Analyst – Engie, Columbus, OH
GIS Technician – Modis, Akron, OH
GIS Technician – Randstad Engineering, Akron, OH
GIS Analyst – Geospatial Consulting Firm International, LLC, Columbus, OH
GIS technician II –BHI Energy, Akron, OH
GIS Technician II – Genesis 10, Akron, OH
GIS Analyst III – Aclara, Solon, OH
GIS Technician – Myriad Technical Services, Akron, OH
Utility System Technician – Davey, Toledo, OH (If you love being outdoors doing GIS, this job is for you)
Instrument Operator – Surveying, Aerial, Mapping, Columbus, OH

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.

Sincerely,

The Geography Department