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.


The Geography Department