Awards

Awards by name:

For awards involving travel reimbursement, we recommend you review the campus requirements explained here.

Departmental Awards:

Trewartha/Odebolt Conference Travel Awards (typically ~$500):

Principle: Intended to support graduate student conference travel. The travel grant may be used for participation in major conferences in any of the subfields of geography. However, not all conferences are qualified. The Graduate Studies Committee will decide on the qualification of conferences for this travel fund and the amount to be awarded per request depending on the costs of attending the conference and the number of people who have applied. 

Eligibility: Each Master’s student may receive conference travel support once during his/her tenure as Master’s student in the department, but no more than once each academic year. Each Ph.D. student may receive conference travel support up to 5 times during his/her tenure as Ph.D. student in the department, but no more than once each academic year.  Activities that qualify for this travel support are: presentation of paper or poster, serving as a judge at paper competition or a panelist/discussant or as chair of a session at the qualified conferences.

Amount and Application Procedure:Application should be submitted as a single PDF document to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu) and should include title of paper, poster, or session + an abstract as appropriate, an image representative of your work for use in dept news/PR  (Any raster format or PDF, EPS, or AI), an estimate of travel expenses.

Deadline: Sept 15 and Feb 15

Reimbursement Procedure: Information about reimbursement procedures is available here.

Acknowledgement: Recipients should acknowledge the Trewartha or Odebolt fund for this support in their publications/presentations..

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Trewartha Graduate Research Awards (typically ~$400 for M.S. students and ~$600 for Ph.D. students):

Principle:Trewartha Research Grants are intended to defray costs related to thesis research, including cover research travel to study site, purchases of research experiments and materials, and similar costs. 

Eligibility: A Master's student may receive this support once during his/her tenure here as a Master's student. Master's students should apply during their first year so that the fund can be used for the summer. Ph.D. students may receive this support once during his/her tenure here as a Ph.D. student.

Amount and Application Procedure: Application should be submitted as a single PDF document to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu ) and should include a description of research (not to exceed one page or approximately 500 words). plan as to how this award will directly facilitate the research activities and the completion of the graduate degree, proposed budget, including other pending funding sources that could be used for this research

Deadline: March 15

Reimbursement Procedure: Information about reimbursement procedures is available here.

Acknowledgement: Recipients should acknowledge the Trewartha fund for this support in their publications.

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The Leopold Geomorphology Graduate Research Award:

Principle: This award is intended to support Ph.D. research work in the area of geomorphology.

Eligibility: Ph.D. students whose Ph.D. work substantially engages with the field of geomorphology are entitled to this support. A Ph.D. student may receive the Whitbeck Dissertator Award (see below) or the Leopold Geomorphology Graduate research support once during his/her tenure in the department.

Amount and Application Procedure: Award amounts are determined annually. The Graduate Studies Committee will review and make a recommendation of awardees to be approved by the full Faculty. Application should be submitted as a single PDF document to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu) and should include:

Deadline: March 15

Reimbursement Procedure: Information about reimbursement procedures is available here.

Acknowledgement: Recipients should acknowledge the Leopold fund for this support in their publications.

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Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Awards:

Principle: This award is intended to suport dissertators while they are in the final writing stages of the Ph.D.

Eligibility:: Ph.D. candidates (ABD) in their final year are entitled to this support. A Ph.D. student may receive Whitbeck dissertator award once during his/her tenure in the department.

Amount and Application Procedure: Each academic year, a maximum of 2 awards of equal amounts will be awarded. The Graduate Studies Committee will review and make recommendations of awardees which will be approved by the full Faculty. Application should be submitted as a single PDF document to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu ) and should include:

Deadline: March 15

Distribution: This award is distributed via the payroll system and, as such, is subject to payroll taxes. Recipients are eligible for health insurance and receive remission of the in-state portion of tuition.

Acknowledgement: Recipients should acknowledge the Whitbeck fund for this support in their publications.

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Achievement Awards:

GIS Certificate Student Achievement Award

Description: Recognizes outstanding academics, application and service in GIS

Application Procedure: By Nomination of the faculty/staff in GIScience

Deadline: early April

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Olmstead Award for Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student ($100 award)

Description: Awarded to a student who has written an outstanding publication, as judged by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Application Procedure: Papers published or accepted in the prior calendar year. Nominations should include a PDF of the publication as well as a cover letter indicating why the publication is significant and of particular merit.  Submit materials to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu ).

Deadline: March 15

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Olmstead Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching ($100 award)

Description:This award may be given for accomplishment in any aspect of teaching by a graduate student in the department, including:

    1.   mentorship of others teaching in the department
    2.   lecturing or classroom acumen
    3.   conscientious use of pedagogy
    4.   an articulate teaching philosophy
    5.   graduate students nominated by the department for other campus teaching awards.

Application Procedure: Nomination letters should include the name of this award and the course(s) in which the individual has taught and should be submitted to Sharon Kahn (smkahn@geography.wisc.edu ).

Deadline: March 15

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Olmstead Award for Outstanding Citizenship ($100 award)

Description:This award may be given in appreciation of outstanding participation in departmental activities and culture by a graduate student.  Qualifications for nominations may include:

    1.   vision or effort in representing the student body in departmental committees
    2.   active involvement in departmental events, such as Yi-Fu Tuan lectures, the recruitment weekend, and social occasions
    3.   initiative in organizing cultural events and outings related to the department
    4.   furthering geography’s contribution to the Wisconsin Idea

Deadline: March 15

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Barbara Bartz Petchenik Memorial Graduate Award in Cartographic Design

Description: Given to students for excellence in cartography and map design, including artistic and technical skills. Prizes awarded at both the graduate and undergraduate level (often both 1st and 2nd place cash awards)

Application Procedure: Open to any geography student who made a map in the past year. Submit map(s) to Prof. Mark Harrower.

Deadline: early April

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Campus-wide TA Awards:

The College of Letters & Science, with additional funding support from the Graduate School, takes a leading role in recognizing the critical role of TAs in undergraduate instruction by organizing the campus-wide TA awards, which are distributed at the end of the fall semester.
  • Up to five winners in each award category per year
  • $500 award funded by the College of Letters & Science and the Graduate School
  • Teaching Assistants from all UW-Madison schools and colleges are eligible to apply
  • Departments may nominate up to three TAs per year and may distribute those nominations across the award categories as they see fit, but a department or program may nominate an individual TA in only one of the four categories per year.
Campus-Wide TA Awards recognize:
Nominees are required to submit a personal statement. Visit the Award FAQ page to read statement guidelines for each award category.

Early Excellence in Teaching  – recognizes outstanding and inspirational performance on the part of TAs with fewer than four semesters of teaching experience;

Exceptional Service – recognizes TAs who, in addition to their regular duties, perform exceptional service related to the educational mission of their department and our university (volunteerism, committee work, mentoring, etc.). Nominations should focus on the service performed outside of the TA's regular duties, above and beyond what is normally required.

Innovation in Teaching – recognizes TAs who bring extraordinary creativity to their work and have developed or adapted teaching methods or techniques in new and innovative ways;

Capstone Ph.D. Teaching – recognizes TAs who have performed as outstanding teachers throughout their UW-Madison tenure. Nominees must be dissertators at the end of their graduate program and planning to defend their dissertations by the end of the school year. Therefore, Teaching Assistants may be nominated only once for the Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award.

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L & S Teaching Fellow

Description: The Teaching Fellow Award is granted to TAs from the College of Letters and Sciences, the College of Ag. And Life Sciences and the School of Human Ecology who have achieved outstanding success as students and teachers.  Winners of this award are named L&S Fellows and serve as instructors at the L&S TA training session at the start of the fall semester.  Previous award was $1000.

Application Procedure: By Nomination of the faculty in early February

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