Welcome to the Geography Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Geography Department's Digital Bulletin Board! Here we'll post about events, fundraisers, panels, and gatherings from across campus. Check back frequently to see if there's anything that appeals to your interests!   … [Read more...]

MSGA information session this week!

Students interested in the  Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis (MSGA) program are welcome to attend an information session this coming Tuesday, September 17, at 5:00 pm in Monroe 319 (the physical lab). I’ll talk about the program, its goals and student outcomes, with particular emphasis on the 4+1 program, which allows qualified students to apply when they are juniors and thus take two graduate courses in their senior year.  The deadline for 4+1 application for spring 2020 is Monday September 30. Who can apply? Students in the second semester of their junior year who have a cumulative GPS of 2.7 or more; this should include at least 2 GIS courses with a grade of B or higher. Details on the application process are available here. Of course, if you cannot attend on Tuesday, you are welcome to attend another session (planning one for the week of October 7!), or to come and talk to me! Jackie Gallagher - Associate Professor & Chair - Department of … [Read more...]

Employment Opportunity for Recent Graduates at U.S. Census Bureau

The Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau has employment opportunities for qualified graduates in geography and related fields. A posting for recent graduates (typically, people who have graduated within the past two years) opens today, September 9, and will only remain open until 100 applications have been received.  To apply, please visit USAjobs.gov and enter “Census Bureau” in the keyword search to see current postings and complete an application, or go directly to the posting page: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543983000 We are looking for well-qualified people with training in geographic information systems, population geography or demography, urban geography, and remote sensing/satellite image analysis, among other specialties. Salaries reflect experience and the level of education completed.  All positions require U.S. citizenship. Jobs are located at Census HQ in the Washington, DC, area.  Census HQ is located next to a … [Read more...]

STEM Speed Networking

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SEDAAG 2019 Informational Session

So what is SEDAAG? It is the regional conference of the American Association of Geographers. UMW is represented each fall by many faculty and students. Students participate in the World Geography Bowl (which VA won last year!) and some give presentations. This year, the meeting is in Wilmington, NC. We will leave on Friday, spend Saturday on the Outer Banks, and head to Wilmington later that day. The conference begins on Sunday with bowl competition, followed by poster and paper presentations. Think you might be interested? Join us for an informational session on Thursday (9/5) at 5 pm in the cartography lab! … [Read more...]

Study Abroad in South Africa

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Fulbright Meeting

Would you like to study ballet in Moscow, opera in Italy, or Flemish Renaissance painters in Belgium? Would you like to research migration patterns into Western Europe, Nile River Valley irrigation methods, mathematics in Ukraine, chess in India, or the effects of global warming on tropical rain forests in Brazil? Would you like to teach English in Korea, Bulgaria, India, Germany, Japan, Italy, or several other countries? These and other possibilities exist under the Fulbright/IIE program. If you are interested, plan to attend a Fulbright informational session at one of the following times: Tuesday, August 27 August, 5 p.m., in Monroe 210 Wednesday, August 28, 5 p.m., in Jepson 225. If you are unsure what to do after graduation and would like to spend a year teaching and/or conducting research abroad, consider submitting an application to the Fulbright Graduate and Research Abroad Program. This year’s national application deadline is October 8. The campus submission … [Read more...]

Leave No Trace Workshop

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Job Opportunity with WVDOT

The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) GIS program is looking for people to work on ad-hoc GIS projects that support the state's Roads to Prosperity and Secondary Road initiatives. Although the employment is temporary, this is an opportunity for you to take the challenge, work with a group of energetic and self-motivated GIS professionals, and grow your professional career. Minimum qualifications include: 1.            Associate’s degree, including six hours in computer science, mapping, CADD or GIS with a major in geography, cartography, geology, natural or earth sciences, environmental sciences, landscape architecture, urban planning, land surveying, environmental engineering, computer science or a related field 2.            One year of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in computer mapping or GIS-related activities 3.            Bachelor’s degree in the above fields may be substituted for the required training and experience on a year for year … [Read more...]

Geography Department Graduate Assistant position

The Geography Department is seeking a Graduate Student Assistant for the 2019-20 academic year. This person will tutor undergraduate students in geospatial courses, and will help develop GIS materials with geography faculty. Pay is $10 per hour, for up to 10 hours per week. The position is open to MSGA students only. This position requires a person who is organized, methodical, and pays attention to detail. The person should be able to work independently, and also be able to help undergraduates without just giving away the answers! Interested students should send a resume and a short statement of interest to Dr. Gallagher <jgallagh@umw.edu> by 5 pm on Friday, August 30. … [Read more...]

Geography Department Student Aide positions

The Geography Department is seeking two student aides for the 2019-20 academic year – one is a general aide position, while the other is for a GIS lab aide. These positions require a person with initiative, who will look for work when nothing has been assigned, and who is organized, methodical, and pays attention to detail. Daily assignments vary significantly. The most interesting involve doing research for professors, assisting with research, finding data, creating maps, and tutoring students. The more mundane includes making copies and pdf documents, alphabetizing student assignments, and recording completed assignments. The Lab Aide position requires at least 8 credits of GIS courses so that the person is able to help students with their lab assignments. Preference is also given to a student who has successfully completed the GEOG 110-111 sequence of courses. These positions are open to Geography majors only. The hours tend to be flexible and are usually 6 hours per … [Read more...]