Research is an integral and rewarding part of a geographic education at UW-Madison. The Department of Geography offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in valuable research experiences. Several of our faculty maintain research labs, for example, which are open to undergraduate participation. And our faculty regularly participate in the campus Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program, which connects first- and second-year students with research opportunities. Moreover, research is a central component of our undergraduate curriculum, as all Geography and Cartography/GIS majors must complete a substantive research project, either through the senior capstone class, GEOG 565, in which small groups of students conduct original research over the course of a semester, or through a senior thesis or an honor’s thesis, in which students independently conduct a year-long research project under the guidance of a geography faculty mentor. Below, you can explore some of the exciting research projects our majors have completed.