Student Awards

About the Awards

The Department of Geography gives several awards, most of them annually, to students who excel in certain areas. Our current awards date back to 1999, although we know that awards were given before that year. Occasionally, a new award is created – for example, the Outstanding Student in the MSGA began in 2016. Awards are described and listed by year on each hyperlink.

Richard P. Palmieri Award for Excellence in Geography
Given to a non-senior Geography major who demonstrates excellence in his or her introductory and upper-level courses.

Geography Alumni Scholarship
Granted to a rising junior or senior Geography major in recognition of their achievement and contributions to the department.

Matthew Fontaine Maury Award
Presented to the student who excels in geographic techniques.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark Award
Given to the graduating Geography Major with the highest grade point average in Geography courses.

National Council for Geographic Education Excellence of Scholarship Award
Presented to the student who has an enthusiasm for and commitment to Geography.

Harold Thompson Straw Award
Presented to the student who exhibits the most professional potential for scholarly contribution in Geography.

Geospatial Technologies Award
In Recognition of the GISc Certificate student who has excelled in all certificate courses and who has contributed to the success of others in the program.

Outstanding Student in Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
Presented to a graduating MSGA student who demonstrates excellence in his or her

Outstanding Alumni Award
Recognizes an alumnus who has excelled in the discipline of Geography and who has made outstanding contributions to the discipline.