Undergraduate Research Grants

Geography students have received funding from Mary Washington’s Undergraduate Research Grants program to support a variety of research projects. Students develop a project in consultation with a faculty member and prepare a grant proposal. In the last several years, a number of students have received substantial funding from the college to pursue independent research.

Recent Grant Recipients and their Research Topics:

  • Adam M. Hager: Grant for “Using GPS to Map Biodiverse Agricultural Plots of Small Scale Farmers and Deforestation in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala,” January 2013.
  • Carl A. Larsen: Grant for “Using GPS to Map Biodiverse Agricultural Plots of Small Scale Farmers and Deforestation in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala,” January 2013.
  • David J. Chambers: Grant for “Using GPS to Map Biodiverse Agricultural Plots of Small Scale Farmers and Deforestation in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala,” January 2013.
  • Allyson Thompson: Grant to present “The Appeal of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC.
  • Amber Huffman: Grant to present “Maya Women in Development: Experiences in Guatemala” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC
  • Lauren M. Birney: Grant to present ‘Exploring Maya Food Security in Highland Guatemala” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC.
  • Michael (Chase) Morgan received a grant to conduct original research this summer for his research project entitled, “Expressions of Globalized Youth: The Rise of Street Art in New York and Paris.”
  • Bitna Yeon: Grant to present “Effects of Human Activities on Ecosystems in Wetlands: Implication for Wetlands of Madrid in Spain” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC
  • Tim St. Onge: Grant to present “The Geography of Water Pollution in the Salton Sea” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC
  • Anya Bogdanow: Grant to present “The Aral Sea Catastrophe: How are Former Soviet Countries Dealing With the Problems?” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting; Apr 14-18, 2010; Washington, DC.