Weekly News

April 14, 2018

COLA Conference

The 18th annual conference of the College of Liberal Arts will be taking place on April 19-20. Students will be presenting their research at the Drinko Library over the two-day period. Below you can find the geography students presenting at the conference:

All undergraduates who eventually will have to present before reaching graduation are highly encouraged to attend. Not only will you get to see how the process works, but you can also be there to support your fellow classmates.

Academic Opportunities

Graduate Assistantship at University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Center for Applied GIScience (CAGIS) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking graduate students (Master and/or PhD) in the domain of GIScience and computational science. The ideal candidates, starting from Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, should have strong interest or experience in big spatial data, GIS-based programming, high-performance geocomputation, and CyberGIS.

Candidates will be working as research assistants to support the Center’s research projects. For Ph.D. and Master program information, refer to the following links:

geoearth.uncc.edu/phd-programs

geoearth.uncc.edu/masters-programs/masters-geography

If you are interested, please send CV, letter of interest, and contact information of three referees to Dr. Wenwu Tang (WenwuTang@uncc.edu; Phone: 1-704-687-5988).

Job Opportunities

GIS Analyst, VHB, Raleigh, NC

GIS Mapping Specialist, Randstad, Charlotte, NC

GIS Analyst Intern, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA

Geospatial Analyst, Bluehawk, Springfield, VA

GIS Aide Summer Position, Fairfax Water, Fairfax, VA

Cartographer, Enterprise Integration Corporation, Northern Virginia, VA

Environmental Data Analyst, Terraphase Engineering Inc., Conshohocken, PA

GIS Analyst, System One Services, Warrendale, PA

GIS Database Administrator, CACI International, Fort Campbell, KY

GIS Analyst, T&M Associates, Dublin, OH

GIS Technician, Bartech Group, Cincinnati, OH

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department

April 8, 2018

Funded Research Opportunity for Fall 2018

Marshall University is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards for Fall 2018. The award provides students an opportunity to pursue original creative work, scholarship or research, under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member during fall semester 2018. A $750 stipend and up to $1000 for travel and materials for one semester will be awarded.  A $750 is also provided for the participating faculty mentor for travel, and up to fourteen awards will be made.

Eligibility requirements:

·        Applicants must be juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0

·        Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester in which the project is funded

·        Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a full-time faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project

The student’s project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 150 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 10 hours per week) over the semester.  The project will be structured so that the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit, or performance) at the end of the award period.

Complete applications must be received by 5:00 on April 19, 2018, so please consult with a geography faculty member if you are interested in submitting an application.

Job Opportunities

Summer internship, Enervest Operating, LLC, Charleston, WV. Contact Kevin Miller at kmiller@enervest.net

Summer internship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, TN. Contact Dr. Leonard for further information leonard@marshall.edu

GIS Specialist, AECOM, Cherry Point, NC

GIS Tech, City of Durham, Durham, NC

GIS Analyst, System One Services, Allentown, PA

GIS Specialist, McMahon Associates, Fort Washington, PA

GIS Technician II, BAE Systems, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Analyst, Sallyport Global, Alexandria, VA

Apprentice Cartographic Analyst, Leidos, Springfield, VA

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department​

April 1, 2018

Register for Classes

Welcome back from the break! Hopefully you made the time to recharge your batteries so that you can close the semester on a high note. Also, the schedule of courses for the summer and spring semesters have been published, and there are many great offerings:

Summer Semester

·        GEO 100 – Human Geography

·        GEO 101 – Physical Geography

·        GEO 110 – Basic GIS

·        GEO 112 – Smartphone GPS

·        GEO 203 – Economic Geography

·        GEO 230 – Intro to Meteorology

·        GEO 305 – Geography of U.S. & Canada

·        GEO 317 – World Regional Geography

·        GEO 350 – Severe Storms and Natural Hazards

·        GEO 404/504 – Geography of Europe

·        GEO 408/508 – Geography of Latin America

Fall Semester

·        GEO 100 – Human Geography

·        GEO 101 – Physical Geography

·        GEO 110 – Basic GIS

·        GEO 206 – Geography of West Virginia

·        GEO 230 – Intro to Meteorology

·        GEO 317 – World Regional Geography

·        GEO 402/502 – Geography of Appalachia

·        GEO 425/525 – Climatology

·        GEO 426/526 – Principles of GIS

·        GEO 430/530 – GIS-Raster Analysis

·        GEO 482/582 – Cartography

·        GEO 615 – Geographic Thoughts/Methods

·        GEO 631 – Applied GIS Projects

Consider registering for classes as soon as you get the chance!

Job Opportunities

Four internships in West Virginia:

(2) would be working on digitizing/drawing approved limits of disturbance for construction projects

(1) would be working on digiting/drawing approved limits of disturbance for oil and gas construction projects

(1) would be working on digitizing/drawing MS4 (municipalities) boundary’s

For those interested, contact:

Fini Bya

Env. Resource Specialist II

WVDEP

Phone: 304-926-0499 ext. 1644

Email: Fini.B.Bya@wv.gov

 

Geoscience Policy Internship,American Geosciences Institute, Washington, DC

GIS Analyst, Talon, Allentown, PA

GIS Analyst I, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Analyst, The Footbridge Company, Allentown, PA

Entry GIS Technician, Astyra, Richmond, VA

Entry level GIS, McCormick Taylor, Charlotte, NC

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department​

March 19, 2018

New Leadership

 We are happy to report that the Geography Club elected a new team of officers during this week’s meeting. Here is the new leadership team:

 Mike Andry- President

Jerry Larcher- Vice President

Daniel Ball- Treasurer

Maggie McGhee- Secretary

Congratulations to our new leaders! We look forward to their new agenda for the 2018-2019 academic year. By the way, the club it is still looking to fill the sergeant at arms position, so if you are interested in joining the officer team, feel free to nominate yourself or someone else.

Also, on Saturday March 31st the Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) will take place at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center from 9AM to 5PM. Registration is now open. For your $30 registration fee, you will be provided with a THATCamp Marshall 2018 t-shirt, lunch, coffee, water, and snacks. Undergraduate and graduate students, your registration is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of multiple sponsors (College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, Department of Geography, and Honors College for sponsoring student registrations). All interested in attending, please make sure to complete the registration form.

Finally, do not forget to send us your pictures of any physical or cultural landscape that you happened to take during the break. We will love to share it with all members of the department.

Job Opportunities

Planning Institute Summer Intern, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Senior GIS Technician, DTE Energy, Canonsburg, PA

GIS Intern, Conservation International, Arlington, VA

GIS Specialist, AECOM, Arlington, VA

GIS Specialist, CACI International, Charlottesville, VA

Cartographic Analyst, Obsidian Solutions Group, Springfield, VA

Imagery/Geospatial Analyst, Bluehawk LLC, Springfield, VA

GIS Analyst, Union Rural Electric Cooperative, Marysville, OH

GIS Analyst, HKA Enterprises, Charlotte, NC

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department

March 9, 2018

Departmental News

We got to see this week the valuable contributions that geography alumni make to the department. Zachary McLain (BA 2014) reached out to us this week to recruit current geography students in the department to apply for the summer internship at the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Remarkably, Zach himself started in that department as an intern recruited by another geography alum. This is the value of creating lasting relationships with your department, and we encourage soon to be graduates to follow in the footsteps of Zach. Just because you graduate, it does not mean that our interaction ends. We always want to hear from you, not just to offer opportunities to current students, but to stay abreast with your progress in life and career. At the same, current students should value these opportunities and are encouraged to get in contact with the alumni geography body for mentoring and network development.

We also received word this week of movement in the articulation agreements between Columbia State Community College in Tennessee and Marshall University’s Geography Department. The agreement has been signed by President Gilbert, so is now in effect.

Finally, we would like to remind everyone that on Wednesday, March 14th the Geography Club will be holding its second meeting and attendees will be voting to elect the officers of the club. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for the positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, or secretary, please email Dr. Law. The meeting will be in HH 202 at 2:30PM.

Job Opportunities

Internship, West Virginia Department of Transportation, Charleston, WV

GIS Manager, Kanawha County, Kanawha County, WV

Student Trainee, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

Student Trainee, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

GIS Research Assistant, Child Care Aware of America, Arlington, VA

GIS Technician, JoCo, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Technician II, EQT Corporation, Waynesburg, PA

GIS Intern, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Analyst II, G.A.S., Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Technician, aksLIVE, Cleveland, OH

GIS Analyst, ReNuke Services, Cincinnati, OH

GIS Specialiast, Integrity Applications Incorporated, Beavercreek, OH

GIS Technician, System One, Akron, OH

GIS Technician, The Spear Group, Akron, OH

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department​

March 3, 2018

“Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”

If you recognize this quote, you know we are referring to what has become known in the discipline as the first law of geography. First articulated by Waldo Tobler in seminal work “A computer movie simulating urban growth in the Detroit region”. (1970). Economic Geography, 46(Supplement): 234-240. Professor Tobler passed away on February, 20th 2018, you can read the AAG’s obituary at http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/tributes_memorials/sz/tobler_waldo. Every geography student should have read and be familiar with his work, and if you are not familiar with it by now, reading his paper will be a good way to pay a tribute to him. For a good explanation of the concept read “Tobler’s First Law and Spatial Analysis” by Harvey J. Miller, Annals of the Association of American Geographers Vol. 94, No. 2 (June, 2004), pp. 284-289.

Finally, I would like to remind you that on Wednesday, March 14th the Geography Club will be holding its second meeting and attendees will be voting to elect the officers of the club. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for the positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, please email Dr. Law. The meeting will be in HH 202 at 2:30PM.

Funded undergraduate research at Marshall University Geography Department

 The Marshall University Research Corporation has funding available to promote undergraduate research and creative discovery. The awards provide a $3,000 stipend for the student and up to $1,000 for travel and materials for the summer. In addition, $1,000 is provided for the participating faculty mentor for travel. Up to 14 awards will be made.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0;

Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester previous to the summer in which the project is funded; and

Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a full-time faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project.

The student’s proposed project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 200-300 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 20-30 hours per week for 10 weeks) over the summer. The project must be structured so the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit or performance) at the end of the award period. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018. Contact a geography faculty who is doing work, or that can supervise your project, in your area of interest.

Job Opportunities

Internship- contact Dr. Leonard

GIS Technician, The Partners Alliance, Roanoke, VA

GIS Analyst II, Abacus Service Corporation, Herndon, VA

GIS Specialist, Aries Computer Systems, Inc., Herndon, VA

GIS Technician, Randstad, Roanoke, VA

Geospatial Analyst, Engility, Dulles, VA

GIS Technician I, Kelly, Roanoke, VA

GIS Technician, National Computing Group, Akron, OH

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department

February 23, 2018

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 18th Marshall COLA Conference is fast approaching. This is a great venue for you to present the research and findings of your capstone projects. For further info, please go to http://mds.marshall.edu/colaconf/

Also, the Applied Geography Conference will be holding its annual meeting at Kent State University from October 31st to November 1st. This is another great conference to attend given its collegiality, student participation, and engagement with the business sector. If you are interested in learning how geography an GIS technology can be applied to the real world (i.e. retail, transportation, government, healthcare, agriculture, and many other applications) this conference is a must for you. Many of the U.S. retail giants attend to discuss how geography helps their operation and logistics of their businesses, and so this is not only an opportunity for you to attend, but also to develop your network of contacts. The conference also offers accessible registration and lodging rates, and a comfortable atmosphere conducive to engagement and discussion among participants. Finally, the conference also has a paper and poster competition for students, so you can benefit in multiple ways if you decide to attend this conference. For further information please visit http://www.appgeogconf.org/2018-conference.html

Finally, I would like to remind you that on Wednesday, March 14th the Geography Club will be holding its second meeting and attendees will be voting to elect the officers of the club. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for the positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, please email Dr. Law. The meeting will be in HH 202 at 2:30PM.

Academic Opportunities

1) Graduate Opportunities at West Virginia University

The Geography Program at West Virginia University is currently recruiting graduate students for 2018-19 academic year.  WVU Geography offers both Masters and Doctoral degrees and a rigorous certificate program in Geographic Information Science.  Our graduate program is composed of 19 core geography faculty (www.geography.wvu.edu/people) engaged in local, regional, and global research. Areas of faculty expertise include: human-environment relations, climate change, political geography, migration and refugee studies, spatial science, digital humanities, forest ecosystem modeling, cultural and political ecologies, conservation science, feminist geography, science and technology studies, humanitarianism, land change science, critical cartographies, food justice, and development geography.  Faculty are currently conducting research in South Asia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and the United States, including Appalachia.

The Geography Program is recruiting graduate students, with opportunities for funding though research assistantships on funded projects, teaching assistantships, and competitive University fellowships. Students interested in research assistantships (described below) should contact the research faculty prior to applying. Applicants must submit a CV and research statement addressing specific interests and qualifications for the potential research topics. In addition to the specific qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the Geology & Geography Department at WVU

2018-2019 Funded Research Assistantship Positions

Immersive Virtual Reality for Geovisualization and Geography Education:

This study will focus on developing theoretical & practical approaches of immersive Virtual Reality for geovisualization and geography education. Integration of GIS and immersive VR will provide innovative ways for geovisualization. Looking for students having interests on this emerging powerful technology. RA responsibility includes assisting research design and VR module development. 2 years of RA support will be guaranteed, with continuing funding upon progress. GIS and/or programming background is desired, but not required. Faculty Information: Dr. Insu Hong, insu.hong@mail.wvu.edu

Health care disparity and accessibility in West Virginia:

This study will focus on analysis of spatial/aspatial disparity of health care in West Virginia. GIS and location science based approaches, such as spatial-temporal accessibility analysis, location analysis, and optimization, will be applied for addressing health care accessibility issues in West Virginia. RA responsibility includes assisting research design, data collection, and analysis. GIS background is desired, but not required. Faculty Information: Dr. Insu Hong, insu.hong@mail.wvu.edu

Job Opportunities

GIS Specialist, AECOM, Germantown, MD

GIS Range Coordinator, Timmons Group, Inc., Fort Eustis, VA

GIS Specialist, Tallience LLC, Sterling, VA

GIS Analyst, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA

Intelligence Analyst, Engility Corporation, Springfield, VA

GIS Analyst, Bartech Group, Cincinnati, OH

GIS Analyst, U.S. Tech Solutions, Cincinnati, OH

GIS Technician, System One Services, Akron, OH

GIS Technician I, On-Board Services, Akron, OH

GIS Technician, Talent Burst Inc, Akron, OH

GIS Technician, National Computing Group, Akron, OH

GIS Technician I, Aerotek, Akron, OH

GIS/Drafting Technician, National Computing Group, Akron, OH

Cartographic Analyst, BAE Systems, Dayton, OH

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department

February 19, 2018

Do you have any plans for the summer?

This week we would like to emphasize to students the importance of maximizing opportunities during summer break. I know what you are thinking, spring break is not even here and we already talking about summer. Well, the reality is that not having a plan for the summer, is like planning for an unproductive summer. Summer is a great time to add experience to your CV, regardless of the stage of your college or graduate career. The market is competitive and employers are looking for experience nowadays, so you really want to have something to show by the time you start applying for jobs. As mentioned in an earlier news brief, experience comes in different forms: job-shadowing, assistantships, volunteering, internships, and part-time positions. As you can see, none of these have to be “official paid positions”, but of-course if you are able to land a temporary paid position during summer, or if you already have a full time job, then even better.

Keep in mind that you can receive actual college credits towards your degree if you are doing an internship or working on a project for a company or institution. Note that this must be approved by your advisor. However, you should also keep in mind that your professors have ongoing research projects in which you can assist. In fact, if you are interested in assisting a professor or having a professor supervise your own research project, this is a good time to get in contact with them. Marshall University is requesting proposals for summer research projects. The program is open to juniors and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The awards provide a $3000 stipend and up to $1000 for travel and materials for summer 2018.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester previous to the summer in which the project is funded.
  • Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a fulltime faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project

PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS

The student’s project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 200-300 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 20-30 hours per week for 10 weeks) over the summer. The project will be structured so that the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit, or performance) at the end of the award period. An important aspect of this program is the engagement of a faculty mentor to oversee the student’s effort. After agreeing on a particular project, the faculty member assists the student in writing and submitting a proposal, supervises the student’s scholarly activity, and assists in the construction of the student’s final project report. The award is intended to support projects which require both original intellectual and faculty – assisted input from awardees . Students requesting personal support as part of the proposal budget must be eligible for campus employment. Complete applications must be received by 5:00PM on March 16, 2018. Also, check out other summer opportunities below.

Academic Opportunities

 1) Summer Fellow Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

 The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (STC) is looking for 4 – 6 undergraduate research assistants to serve as NSF REU Summer Fellows in 2018. They will potentially work at George Mason University Site (Fairfax, VA), Harvard University site (Cambridge, MA), or University of California, Santa Barbara site (Santa Barbara, CA).

 This opportunity is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) I/UCRC and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs which enable undergraduate students to obtain research experience and consider a career path in spatiotemporal domains (e.g., GIS, CS, Geosciences, etc.). NSF REU Student interns will work in a team with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at one of the three center sites and will conduct research related to spatiotemporal issues. NSF fellows also have the opportunity to attend a professional conference to present their research results. Students may participate in various projects.

To know more about the center, please visit http://www.stcenter.net. Please refer to the “Projects” tab on this website for the brief introduction of the undergoing projects. Requirements:

  • Applicants must be undergraduate U.S. citizen or permanent resident status is required
  • Applicants should be able to work as NSF fellows for 7 weeks. Starting date is flexible.
  • NSF REU fellows will receive stipend and reimbursement for travel to a conference.
  • Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.

A complete application includes:

  • A CV
  • One page double spaced statement of interest.
  • Contacts (email and phone #) of two references.
  • Application Deadline: Review of application will begin on March 20, 2018 and end until the position is filled up. 

Submit your application at: stcenter.net/stc/REU2018. For more information about the NSF REU Fellow Opportunity contact Manzhu Yu (myu7@gmu.edu).

2) Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

A group of interdisciplinary faculty at PSU are looking for undergraduate students who can work on a NSF sponsored REU project. The focus area of this REU site is computational modeling to serve and enhance the Portland metropolitan region as it grows and evolves. You will be involved in a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research project and trained in computational thinking across different disciplines and communities. You will learn the fundamental skills of computational modeling that will help you understand and solve complex problems in a complex world.

After a 2-week initial training, each student will work on an 8-week research project completed in a research lab under a mentor’s guidance and with the involvement of a community partner. At the end of the internship, you will present the research outcomes to the community partner. Weekly site meetings, seminars, site visits, and a final symposium will enrich the unique internship and provide you with an intellectual toolbox that has the potential to have a lasting impact on your career. 

Eligibility

  • Completed one or two years of college.
  • Majoring in a STEM or related discipline.
  • US citizens or permanent resident.
  • Students from institutions with limited STEM and research opportunities, such as 2-year community colleges, are encouraged to apply.

 Important dates

  • Mar 15, 2018: Application deadline for full consideration
  • Mar 30, 2018: Selected students will be notified
  • Jun 18 – Aug 24, 2018: Program dates (10 weeks)

 Participant benefits

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $1,200 meal allowance
  • Additional travel subsidy for limited non-local students
  • Free on-campus housing

 Application form: bit.ly/PSUREUComputingApplication. Application deadline: Mar 15, 2018. Contact: reucomputing@pdx.edu

REU site directors 

  • Dr. Christof Teuscher, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS), Portland State University.
  • Dr. Jay Gopalakrishnan, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Portland State University, and Portland Institute for Computational Science (PICS).

3) MS in Geoscience- University of North Carolina Wilmington

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is recruiting students to enroll in the MS in Geoscience program for Fall 2018. The MS Geoscience is an exciting, applied research program with three tracks (geology, earth processes, and geospatial science) and opportunities for personalizing the program to suit your career goals and research interests. Our program focuses on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork in a multitude of geographic settings and sub-disciplinary or interdisciplinary frameworks. We pride ourselves with significant community engagement and collaborations including a thriving Internship Program with local, regional and federal partners where you can gain experience and apply your academic training. UNCW’s MS in Geoscience is intellectually challenging and rewarding, with collaborative projects among students, faculty and community partners. With our location on the Atlantic coast, there is plenty of opportunity to study coastal environments and resilience issues, yet our diverse faculty conduct research around the world!

Competitive funding in the form of graduate teaching or research assistantships are available. Applications are evaluated as soon as they are submitted so applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1st with a final deadline of April 15th deadline. Information about the MS Geoscience program can be found here: https://uncw.edu//msgeoscience/index.html

For more information about UNCW, feel free to peruse our web site: www.uncw.edu. For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. Joanne Halls, Graduate Coordinator, at hallsj@uncw.edu

4) Graduate Assistantships in Remote Sensing, GIS, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University

Applications are invited for MS/PhD graduate assistantships in environmental remote sensing, GIS, and ecosystem modeling (priority given to applicants for PhD), beginning Fall 2018, with Dr. Kaiguang Zhao in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), the Ohio State University. Dr. Zhao’s lab focuses on mapping, monitoring, modeling, and managing terrestrial environments across spatial scales via a  combination of observation and modeling toolsets. Self motivated individuals are sought, especially those with quantitative and computational skills who would like to address interdisciplinary environmental issues related to natural or human dominated landscapes. Successful applicants will have the flexibility to develop their own research topics in the general areas of remote sensing and environmental sciences, but the preference will be given to those interested in examining impacts of climate change and human activities in agriculture-dominated landscapes. The students are particularly encouraged to pursue research ideas through our newly funded projects. One project, funded by the Ohio Water Resources Center, is on the water-energy nexus issue in Ohio, seeking to answer how shale gas development affects landscape integrity and hydrological regime. A second project, funded by EPA, is to build a multi-scale hierarchical predictive tool for linking climate and land-use with river physicochemical gradients and ecological condition to predict and prevent harmful algal blooms in the upper Ohio River basin.

Another project, funded by USDA, is to identify adaptive strategies and policies that can mitigate the risks posed by climate extremes in the Eastern Corn Belt Region and help to achieve sustainable and resilient agroecosystem management, through an integrated modeling approach aiming to balance agricultural production with protection of critical ecosystem services. Through projects like these, there exist numerous opportunities to collaborate with physical scientists, ecologists, sociologists, and economists. Qualified backgrounds include hydrology, geography, ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, meteorology, agriculture sciences or related fields. Degrees in statistics, physics, and computer sciences are also acceptable, if with demonstrated good understandings of biophysical ecology and environmental sciences. Skills and experiences in math, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, & Matlab), and GIS&remote sensing are highly desirable. The successful applicants must also have a strong work ethic.

Financial support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Prior to submitting your full application package, applicants should contact Dr. Kaiguang Zhao (zhao.1423@osu.edu) using “Graduate Assistantship” as the email subject. Please include a brief statement of your qualification, a CV, GRE a/o TOFEL scores, and unofficial transcripts if readily available. Review of applicants will begin immediately. See here for more information about our graduate programs and admission requirements – SENR: https://senr.osu.edu/graduate/admissions, and ESGP: https://esgp.osu.edu/prospectivestudents/admissions.

5) M.A. & M.S. assistantships at the University of North Dakota

The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science at the University of North Dakota has a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships available for Fall 2018.  The department offers MA and MS degrees in Geography with a focus on geospatial applications in physical and human geography.  For more information contact Doug Munski, Graduate Director at (701) 777-4591, douglas.munski@und.edu.  Application information, please visit the website atarts-sciences.und.edu/geography/gradadmissions.cfm.

Job Opportunities

GIS Analyst, FHI 360, Durham, NC

GIS Technician, Progressive Recruitment, Philadelphia, PA

GIS Mapper, County of Blair, Hollidaysburg, PA

GIS Tech, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

GIS Specialist, RCN Becocom LLC, Wilkes Barre, PA

GIS Analyst, System One Services, Allentown, PA

Seasonal GIS Mapping, City of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, VA

GIS Technician, Princeton Information, Richmond, VA

GIS Internship, Ohio Gas Company, Bryan, OH

Junior GIS Analyst, Willoughby, OH

GIS Intern, American Modern Insurance Company, Amelia, OH

GIS Technician, Randstad, Akron, OH

GIS Analyst, City of Upper Arlington, Columbus, OH

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

Sincerely,

 The Geography Department​

February 9, 2018

Great Departmental News this week!

The 2+2 articulations between Marshall’s geography program and Mountwest Community Technical College (MCTC) have officially been signed by President Gilbert.  With this approval, MCTC becomes the third 2+2 program to articulate with the geography program at Marshall (the other two being: Palomar College in California and Roane State Community College in Tennessee).Mountwest graduates will be able to transfer their credits into Marshall and apply them towards a B.S. in geography. Dr. Pittenger, interim Associate VP for Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School, recognizes Dr. Leonard’s efforts and leadership for coordinating with MCTC and preparing the plan of studies.

Dr. Cordoba received confirmation of the publication of his latest research article “The residential segregation of San Antonio, Texas in 1910: an analysis of ethno-racial and occupational spatial patterns with the colocation quotient” in Urban Geography. This the third publication from the San Antonio project with collaborators from the University of Washington and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.

Brian O’Keefe just returned from his second job interview. This is not only a great sign of his accomplishments, but it should also serve as an inspiration to future and recent graduates of Marshall’s geography program. In many ways, landing an opportunity to interview is a success on its own, even if doesn’t lead to actual employment. The market is very competitive, so to stand out from the crowd is tough, but a great chance to hone your interviewing skills and elevator pitch. Keep-up the good fight Brian!

Checkout this YouTube video touting the Marshall’s geography program https://youtu.be/OcL_NU4GEVs. Please share widely!

Finally, Punxsutawney Phil reminds you that the Marshall University Geography Club will be hosting its first meeting on Wednesday, February 14th at 2:30PM in HH 237

Academic Opportunities

1) Paid Summer Research Opportunity in Florida or Belize

This summer at the University of Central Florida, we are pleased to host the third year of our National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Community GIS and Citizen Science.” Our program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks.  The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 25-August 10, 2018.  We are interdisciplinary in nature emphasizing community GIS and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis.

We’re hosting a Facebook Live Event “Secrets to an Awesome Citizen Science GIS REU Application” on Tuesday, February 20 @ 2 pm EST. Join Dr. Hawthorne (REU PI), Dr. Hannah Torres (REU Faculty Mentor), and Lain Graham (REU Senior Research Mentor) as we give away the secrets to a successful application to our National Science Foundation (NSF) #REU Site in Orlando and Belize. Please share with your pals and have them join us. #citizensciencegis #ucfreu.  Join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/citizensciencegis

Research opportunities: Students will work in one of three research directions with community partners and mentors from University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, The Hopkins Belize Village Council, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program:

Research Direction 1: Mapping disparities in flooding & disaster management

Research Direction 2: Mapping marine debris & mitigating impacts on coastal communities

Research Direction 3: Mapping island resiliency with drones and spatial storytelling (new in 2018 with additional NSF funding)

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3500 research stipend, a meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to/from the REU Site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and 2 research methods books.

Application process: The priority application deadline is Friday, March 2nd @ 5 PM EST.  Complete program information and application instructions can be found at http://www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site/.

Student reflections from the field: “Challenging, emotional, fun, collaborative, thought-provoking, interesting, real-life, and eye-opening.”  These are some of the words used by students to describe our previous research program.  Check out a short video from our REU fieldwork at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5zSFKw7F24&feature=youtu.be

Questions can be directed to:

Dr. Timothy Hawthorne: Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems at University of Central Florida

timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu

phone: 407.823.1030

Dr. Christy Visaggi: Co-Principal Investigator, Lecturer of Geosciences at Georgia State University

cvisaggi@gsu.edu

phone: 404.413.5755

2) Health Data Visualization Contest

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the American Association of Geographers is made of hundreds of members worldwide, representing some of the best minds in health geography dynamics and how different environments impact health. In the first Health Data Visualization Contest, we encourage students, faculty, and other members to translate their research into meaningful and modern ways that can impact mainstream health thought. Show us your best work!

The contest opens on the fifth of February, and ends on the fifth of April. Winners will be announced at the HMGSG Business Meeting at AAG 2018.

What to Submit:

A data visualization using spatial data offering insight into some health or medical geography topic. It could be a static graphic, an interactive web page, narrative or story-telling map, etc.

We are especially interested in visualizations that explore the complex dimensions of health, as the social determinants of health (ie. access to transportation, healthcare, food, poverty, crime, and other built environment factors) make a substantial impact on population and individual health outcomes. Your visualization can focus on one topic in detail, or facilitate the exploration of multiple associations.

Requirements:

·         Open to any AAG (American Association of Geographers) member

·         Individual or Team Submissions Accepted (with at least 1 AAG member)

·         Health-related data must come from you or your team, open data source, etc.

·         Visualization must incorporate some “spatial” aspect or feature of the data.

·         If clinical or personal health information is used, data must be de-identified with no way of tracing back to person

Submission Protocol:

·         Submit using this form (https://goo.gl/DAQhtA)

·         Submissions should be submitted as a File (pdf, png, etc) or Link (url, github page, etc)

·         300-word maximum description of the visualization including data source documentation

Important Dates:

·         Contest Open: February 1st, 2017

·         Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2017 at midnight CST

·         Winners Announced: HMGSG Business Meeting at AAG, New Orleans

Awards:

Winners will be published in the HMGG newsletter and website, and additionally promoted through our partners and the Health Research & Educational Trust, the non-profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

3) Student Paper Competition

The Population Specialty Group (PSG) of the American Association of Geographers is sponsoring a student paper competition at the 2018 AAG meeting in New Orleans. Students are encouraged to submit a paper (between 2500 and 8000 words excluding references) on any topic of population geography.

The competition is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who have not previously won the award. Papers must be based on original work, completed as an undergraduate or graduate student. Note that both journal-length and ‘short,’ form papers are welcome to give students the chance to present work that is still in development or reporting preliminary results. To be eligible for the award, the student must be first author and present the paper at the AAG.

The PSG Student Paper Award will be made in the amount of $300. Honorable Mention prizes of $100 may also be awarded. Winners will be announced at the PSG Business Meeting (Friday, April 13th, 11:50 am; Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor).

The Deadline for submission of a paper is Monday, March 26, 2018. Submit your paper by email to Chris Fowler csfowler@psu.edu.

4) Student Travel Grants

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers invites applications for the 2018 CLAG Travel Awards to support student travel to CLAG 2018 in Costa Rica. CLAG will offer a limited number of travel grants to students (up to $500) in support of attendance.

Eligibility:

·         Members of CLAG before the application deadline;

·         Registration for CLAG Costa Rica 2018;

·         Submission of cover letter explaining need for travel support;

·         Submission of an extended abstract not exceeding 1,000 words summarizing research to be presented at CLAG Costa Rica 2018;

·         All awardees must provide a home address (necessary for CLAG’s IRS reporting obligations)

·         US awardees must supply a US social security number to the CLAG Treasurer before receiving the award (necessary for CLAG’s IRS reporting obligations).

·         Guidelines

·         Extended abstracts (less than 1,000 words) will be evaluated on criteria including but not limited to the following:

·         Coherent research question situated in relevant theoretical or conceptual literature;

·         Clearly described research design;

·         Cogent description of results or findings;

·         Compelling discussion of results or findings.

A selection committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the Honors committee chair.  Awardees will be notified by March 30, 2018. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 CLAG-LASG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans and on the CLAG website.

All applications should be submitted via email to Christian Brannstrom (cbrannst@geos.tamu.edu) no later than March 2, 2018 as a single document that includes the following items:

1) Evidence of registration for CLAG 2018;

2) cover letter

3) application form (attached)

4) Essay of fewer than 1,000 words.

Please save the file as “YourLastName_ CLAG_2018_Travel”. Email subject line should indicate “CLAG 2018 Travel Award Application”.

Job Opportunities

Summer Internship, City of Xenia, Xenia, OH

GIS Analyst, City of Columbus, Columbus, OH

GIS Administrator, Charter Global, Inc., Columbus, OH

GIS Forester, Lakeside Environmental Consultants, LLC-541, Cincinnati, OH

Transportation Planner, The Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

GIS Analyst (Entry level), Williams Companies, Tunkhannock, PA

GIS Analyst, Apidel Technologies, Allentown, PA

GIS Technician, Gordon & Associates, Philadelphia, PA

GIS Intern, Wood, Chantilly, VA

GIS Technician, Kimley-Horn, Virginia Beach, VA

GIS Specialist, Sallyport Global, Virginia Beach, VA

GIS Analyst, Stantec Inc., Williamsburg, VA

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department

February 3, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil- Dr. Law’s prediction instrument

Attention geography majors, the Marshall University Geography Club will be hosting its first meeting on Wednesday, February 14th at 2:30PM in HH 237. The Geography Department kindly asks all its students (grad and undergrad) and faculty to attend the meeting. The department will be going over the club’s purpose and it is looking to recruit candidates for officer positions. The Geography Club is an essential and unique entity of every geography department, but in order to function it needs the active support and participation of the student body. Although the geography faculty plays a supervisory and advisory role, the club is for the students, and run by students. Here is a sample of the different activities that can be undertaken by the club:

·        Explore – Fieldtrips to both, cultural destinations or natural environments.

·        Network – Organize social gatherings to build a sense of community among fellow geographers, but also develop a support and contact network.

·        Develop – Attend yearly academic conferences to share your work with other geographers, but also to learn from their work as well. Conferences are a great way also to develop your network and stay up to date with changes in the field of geography.

·        Learn – Workshops can be organized on variety of different topics (e.g., professional development, GIS techniques, fieldwork, statistics, etc.)

·        Fun – Of course you have a club also to have fun. You can organize geography bowls, picnics, happy hours, and many other activities that pick your interest.

This is only sample and the opportunities are endless. What it should be clear however, is that the club is there to benefit students and to enhance your experience while you earn your geography degree. Please mark your calendar and make the time to attend.

Academic Opportunities

1) Student Paper Competition- The Ethnic Geography Specialty Group

Students who have completed a research paper to present at the 2018 AAG are eligible to submit their research paper for adjudication in this competition. The EGSG Student Paper Committee will evaluate all submissions based on written clarity, methodological rigor, and overall contribution to ethnic geography scholarship. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a certificate, a ticket to the AAG Award Luncheon, and formal recognition at the banquet and in the EGSG Newsletter. If there is a tie between two papers/students, the prize may be equally distributed among the co-winners.

Paper submissions must be based on original research completed as an undergraduate or graduate student and must adhere to following:

To be considered for the award, students must present their research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AAG. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the EGSG business meeting, and become active in EGSG student committee activities.

The topic must be on some aspect of Ethnic Geography.

The text portion should be double-spaced and not exceed the twenty pages and the total length should not exceed thirty pages.

Papers co-authored with faculty will not be considered for student award. Papers authored by multiple students, however, are acceptable, and if multi-students authored papers are the winners, the total prize award may be distributed among the co-authors.

The paper must be sent to Jay L. Newberry (Student Paper Award Committee Chair) by e-mail. If there are essential graphics which cannot be sent by e-mail, the author may send the graphic by mail.

The paper must be received no later than March 10th, 2018.

The paper will be judge by the committee members on: written clarity, methodological soundness, contribution to scholarship in ethnic geography, and overall effectiveness. The paper presentation at the conference will not be considered in the scoring.

For further information, please contact Jay L. Newberry by e-mail: jnewber@binghamton.edu.

2) Student Paper Competition – The Media and Communication Specialty Group

The Media & Communication Geography Specialty Group will be awarding two paper prizes to student participants at the 2018 AAG meeting in New Orleans. There is a $100 first prize and a $50 runner-up. To qualify for consideration, papers must address geographical aspects of media & communication or mediatized and communicational aspects of geography. This includes studies of particular films, television programs, websites, or video games as well as particular genres of media such as comedy, horror, or the news. It also includes studies of ways that media are incorporated into the spaces and places of daily life and media-induced transformations of the meanings of public and private. Studies of communication infrastructure, either fixed or mobile, are appropriate, as well as studies of unevenness or gaps in communication infrastructure.

Papers must be sole-authored by currently-enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. Papers must be submitted by e-mail in completed form by March 10, 2018.

Details:

The judging will be performed by a panel of recognized geographers with expertise in various aspects of communication geography. Papers will be judged on the basis of appropriateness, clarity, originality and potential for publication. Formatting should be suitable for an intended journal such as the Annals of the AAG, Geographical Review, Professional Geographer, Environment and Planning D, Political Geography, or another refereed journal. Length must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The author’s name and contact information should be on a cover page that can be removed, and must not be indicated in the body of the paper, in order to facilitate the blind review process. Submit as a pdf file or a Word document. If using Word, figures should be separate files (please do not embed images and do not exceed 1 megabyte per image). Winners will be announced at the Media & Communication Geography Annual Keynote Address at the New Orleans meeting on April 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm.

E-mail submissions by March 10, 2018 to: laurasharp@email.arizona.edu

3) PhD Assistantship at UNC Charlotte

The UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is accepting applications for a Doctoral Graduate Assistant to work on a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study entitled Rail Transit, Residential Mobility, and Income Segregation. The purpose of this research is to investigate the role that public investments in rail transit play in shaping urban income segregation. This mixed-methods study asks the following research questions: (1) Are low income residents more likely to move out of neighborhoods following the placement of a new transit station than other residents? (2) Do they then relocate to neighborhoods of a lower socioeconomic composition? and (3) What are the motivating factors that drive re-location decisions both into and out of transit neighborhoods? Finally, to measure how these individual level behaviors ultimately shape economic segregation, we assess (4) where and for which income groups have residential economic segregation trends changed since the new transit system was put into place? The project will generate knowledge that will inform key debates surrounding transit-induced gentrification and displacement, the causes of rising levels of urban income segregation, and will serve as a platform for linking local residents with city officials in identifying policy solutions to the findings.

Graduate Assistant responsibilities include:

➢ Attending regular meetings with the study principal investigators (Drs. Elizabeth Delmelle, Isabelle Nilsson and Claire Schuch).

➢ Acting as the Teaching Assistant for the Applied Research in Geography course associated with this study.

➢ Recruiting survey, interview and focus group participants.

➢ Conducting, entering and analyzing survey, interview and focus group data.

➢ Engaging and building relationships with community partners.

➢ Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

➢ Admission into the UNC Charlotte Geography PhD program.

➢ A high degree of independent thinking, excellent organizational skills, and ability to work as a member of a team are important.

➢ Community-based and qualitative research knowledge and experience desired.

➢ Knowledge of urban inequalities and/or urban planning desired.

➢ Community service experience in underserved communities desired.

Compensation:

This is a 9-month contract for 20hrs/week at $21,000/year, starting in the Fall of 2018. In addition, tuition is fully covered. Funding is guaranteed for two years and likely to continue contingent on satisfactory performance and university funds.

Application:

Please send resume or vitae, a letter of interest, and contact information of three references to Dr. Claire Schuch (jschuch1@uncc.edu) and Elizabeth Delmelle (edelmell@uncc.edu) by February 15, 2018.

4) Field Study Award – The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) invites applications for the 2018 CLAG Student Field Study Awards. Each year CLAG confers named awards at the Ph.D. level (Bernard Nietschmann, Robert C. West, and James J. Parsons awards) and at the master’s level (Clarissa Kimber, William M. Denevan, and Oscar Horst awards).

Applicants should expect awards to be around $1,000 for MA/MS applicants and around $1,500 for PhD applicants. These awards are intended to support graduate student members of CLAG in their thesis or dissertation research in Latin America or concerning the Latin American diaspora. The awards are not intended to cover all fieldwork costs, but rather to assist students working towards the Master’s or Ph.D. in their field and/or archival research in Latin America.

Eligibility:

Members of CLAG before the application deadline;

Registered as a graduate (M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.) student in a geography department or related discipline;

Regional area of research in Latin America, including the Caribbean, is given priority. If the regional area of research is outside of Latin America, a clear justification of how the study relates to dynamics in Latin America must be provided. CLAG Field Study Awards are for field and archival research, not for attendance at academic meetings;

Recipients of previous CLAG Field Study Awards are ineligible to apply with the exception that previous winners at the Master’s level may apply for the Ph.D. level award if they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program;

Fieldwork must be conducted during the dates in the proposal. Any proposed significant changes must be reported to the CLAG Chair;

All awardees must provide a home address;

US awardees must supply a US social security number to the CLAG Treasurer before receiving the award (this is necessary for CLAG to comply with IRS reporting obligations).

Guidelines

Proposals will be evaluated on criteria including but not limited to the following:

Quality of the proposal (coherent research question; clearly described and viable research design research question situated in relevant theoretical or conceptual literature; viable research timeline; feasibility of the proposed work; adequate preparation demonstrated; academic rigor; potential contribution to Latin American geography);

Other funding sources available to students to support fieldwork.

A selection committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the CLAG chair. Awardees will be notified by April 10, 2018. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 CLAG-LASG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans and on the CLAG website.

All applications should be submitted via email to Christian Brannstrom (cbrannst@geos.tamu.edu) no later than March 16, 2018 as a single document that includes the following items: 1) the applicant cover sheet (appended below), 2) the fieldwork proposal narrative, 3) Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages). A letter of support should be sent separately, directly from the recommender. Please save the file as “YourLastName_ CLAG_2018_Field”. Email subject line should indicate “CLAG 2018 Field Study Award Application”.

Job Opportunities

GIS Analyst, Northeast Natural Energy LLC, Morgantown, WV. Send resume to  hr@suttlecpas.com

GIS Technician, State of West Virginia, Charleston, WV

GIS Analyst, CBRE, Conshohocken, PA

GIS Intern, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, PA

GIS Analyst, Allegis Group Company, Wexford, PA

Site Selection Analyst, VIOC, Lexington-Fayette, KY

Crime Analyst, City of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Cartographic Analyst, PAR Government Systems, Springfield, VA

Cartographic Apprentice, Leidos, Springfield, VA

Spatial Coordinator, Conservation International, Arlington, VA

Remote Sensing Intern, OGSystems, Chantilly, VA

GIS Technician, Randstad, Akron, OH

GIS Technician, National Computing Group, Akron, OH

GIS Analyst, Prime AE, Columbus, OH

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

Sincerely,

The Geography Department