Prof. Lisa Naughton has received a UW–Madison 2016 Education Innovation Grant to create an international experience for students, specifically for Geog/Envir St 339: Environmental Conservation, through online short videos and real-time discussions with Ugandan farmers. The project aims to create a sense of connection to the global community among UW-Madison students who may have the opportunity to travel abroad, particularly to Africa. The short videos will be housed on a public website and have the potential to function as OERs for other UW–Madison courses and beyond.
If you live on Madison’s near eastside, you may have noticed an uptick in the number of people walking through your neighborhood during the last week of April. They would have been wearing headphones connected to an iPhone or tablet and might have been gazing at what, to you, appeared to be some rather mundane aspect of the landscape. Some of them probably looked a little lost.
These intrepid explorers were actually students in an undergraduate International Studies class taught by geography professor Stephen Young. The course focuses on the challenges raised by new forms of global interdependency. But what can students learn about globalization by walking through Madison? (more…)
Colin Higgins (B.A. ’15) has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top undergraduate scholars.
Higgins, of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May, triple majoring with comprehensive honors in environmental studies, geography and history. He is currently a graduate student in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and will complete an accelerated Master of Public Affairs degree in the spring. (more…)
In October, the Department of Geography officially announced the launch of its new Online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming. This is the first online degree offered by our department and we are excited to expand our educational outreach to new audiences and deliver globally in-demand geospatial development training. (more…)
When preparing to land that first career job out of school, nothing beats an internship experience to give students a leg up in today’s job market. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers report that applicants’ experiences outside the classroom — internships, jobs, and extracurricular activities — is a much bigger factor than coursework and grades when determining who they will hire. A student’s GPA, in fact, ranked near the bottom. Read more in this Atlantic Monthly article.
The Geography Department highly encourages students to seek out internships and service-learning projects to enhance their education, develop new skills, explore fields, expand their networks, and gain confidence in their abilities. (more…)