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Internships: Geography students spend summer jump-starting their careers

When preparing to land that first career job out of school, nothing beats an internship experience to set yourself apart 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 […]

Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well. In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as […]

LifeMapping wins Burrill Business Plan Awards

GIS Certificate student, Dean Olsen, won two awards at the Steve Burrill Business Plan Competition hosted by the UW Madison Business School this spring. With assistance from UW Cartography lab staff, Dean is developing an interactive mapping software product called LifeMapping to help people tell and share their life stories with family. The competition was […]

Green receives Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award

Ph.D. student Nathan Green was awarded the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in Social Studies for his paper, “The History and Economy of Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance on the Thai-Cambodia Border”. The Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award recognizes a doctoral student in the social studies who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly writing accomplishments while a […]

2015 Department Undergraduate Awards

The Geography Department is pleased to announce its 2015 undergraduate awards. Olmstead Awards The Olmstead family set up a fund in 1995 to honor our department which has been ranked among the highest quality geography departments in the United States, consistently since the late Clarence W. Olmstead became a member of its faculty in 1946. He […]

Friedrich awarded Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant

Hannah Friedrich (BA ’16) was awarded a 2015 Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant for her work in Mali’s Inland Niger Delta. The bourgou pasture plains of the Inland Niger Delta declined significantly in extent from 1968 to 2000 due to poor floods and heavy human pressure. Freidrich’s research will focus on the dynamic relationship of bourgou with human land uses […]

Spring 2015 Student Awards

Every year our students receive many college and university recognitions for their outstanding teaching, research, and academic achievements. Here are some of this spring’s awards to date! WARF Discovery Challenge Award On April 9th, Ph.D. student, Ritodhi Chakraborty, won the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Discovery Challenge Symposium Award. His project, “Climate and Agricultural Change at the Third Pole: The Impact of Change in Precipitation […]

Sack receives Innovation in Teaching award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student, Carl Sack, for receiving a 2015 UW-Madison ‘Innovation in Teaching’ award. This annual award is given by the Graduate School, with funding support from the College of L&S, to recognize exceptional teaching by graduate students. Sack and other award recipients were honored at a ceremony on February 26th at Van Vleck Hall. Related: 2015 Campus-wide Teaching […]

Day awarded NSF grant for disseration research

Geography PhD candidate Cathy Day has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation research. Day’s interests center around how climate change influences agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. For her master’s degree, she researched the vulnerabilities of farmer livelihoods to climate change in Niger’s […]

Campus Food Map & Sustainable Dining Guide launched

The Office of Sustainability (OS) website now hosts the new “Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide“ created by UW–Madison students Danielle Caputo, Jen Tirella, and Russell Wagner. The interactive map includes reviews of all campus eateries and their sustainable dining options. The students developed this map as part of their capstone project in Env. Studies 600 “Consumer-Driven Sustainability” taught […]

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