September 2, 2018

Student & Alumni News

This week we were informed of the passing of Shawn Ross, a geography major in the department who was well liked by the faculty and will be missed dearly. Shawn passed away at his home earlier this month. You can read his obituary in the Herald-Dispatch.

We also received an update from Brian O’Keefe and his active job search. Brian has been landing multiple interviews in the region and outside. This is very encouraging news as it demonstrates that Marshall Geography students are attractive in the job market. Keep -up the good work, Brian!

Joseph Fitzwater, a Marshall Geography alumni was recently hired by WOWK TV 13 in Charleston, WV as their weekend meteorologist. According to the WOWK TV 13 website "Joe first worked professionally in meteorology as an intern at 13 News during the summer of 2014 under the guidance of meteorologists Spencer Adkins, Bryan Hughes, and James Hopkins. In May 2016, he joined 13 News full-time as an assignment editor to experience the full scope on how the news business works. In March 2018, Joe was promoted to producer. He then joined the StormTracker 13 team a few months later, in June".

Congratulations to Joe!  The department is very proud of you and will be tuning-in on the weekends.

Graduate Research Assistantship – The Geography Department at the University of Alabama

The Department of Geography at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is accepting applications for a fully funded Graduate Research Assistantship at the doctoral (preferred) or masters level beginning in spring 2019 or Fall 2019. This position will be in direct support of a project “Anticipatory Interdiction of Narco-Trafficking Networks”. Recently supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this project will study how U.S. counterdrug efforts designed to disrupt Central American cocaine trafficking networks influence citizen security in the region and in the U.S.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 15, 2018 for Spring admission, and March 15th, 2019 for Fall admission.

Qualified students will have expertise in some or all of the following: GIS and spatial analysis, operations research and optimization modeling, agent-based modeling, spatial statistical modeling, network analysis, or similar computational approaches. Previous experience and proficiency with programming with Matlab, Python, or R is desirable.

The position carries a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Additional funding for conference presentations will also be provided. Interested students should first contact Dr. Nicholas Magliocca ( with a statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, and GRE scores to assess competitiveness and topical fit with the project.

Job Opportunities

GIS Analyst, Western Land Services, Southwest PA

GIS Analyst, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

GIS Technician, JobFuel, Cincinnati, OH

Transportation Planner Intern, VHB, Raleigh, NC

Geospatial Analyst, ProCleared LLC, Springfield, VA

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


The Geography Department