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Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at The George Washington University is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and education through the diffusion of geographic knowledge that focuses on the relationships between the physical world and its occupation and modification by humans.

Geography is an integral part of the basic education of university students, occupying a central role in the pursuit of knowledge among complementary disciplines. Offering introductory and a wide range of advanced courses, the Geography Department faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication.

The department believes in fostering an educational environment that introduces young scholars to the theoretical and applied aspects of contemporary and historical geography. Students in our undergraduate and graduate programs are prepared to meet the challenges of further study and professional careers in several fields.

Announcing the Dorn C McGrath, Jr. Lecture Fund.  The fund will support an annual lecture from a prominent urban planner or geographer.  The intent of this lecture fund is to honor the contributions of Professor Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. and to insure a high-level discussion about planning innovations and best practices in the United States and abroad.  To dontate click here.

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February 2015
Research Professor Timothy Heleniak publishes chapter on "Arctic Populations and Migration" in Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages.

SPEAKER SERIES: Dr. Thomas Opel - "Mid to Late Holocene climate change in the Eurasian Arctic (Paleoclimate, Permafrost, Putin and Polar Bear)".  February 20th, 4:00pm, Old Main Rm 219

Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) semester calendar.

December 2014
Geography senior Christopher Hart has Op. Ed. piece on Google published by two online news sources.  See Chris's article on The Edmond Sun or  The Davis Enterprise.

Announcing the Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. Lecture Fund.  For more information, please see page 7 of the 2014 Newsletter.  Click here to donate.

Fall 2014 Departmental Newsletter now available.

November 2014
GWU Geography mapathon noted in Trajectory magazine article called Defeating Disaster.

The GWU team wins the Geography Bowl trophy for the 5th year in a row at the Middle Atlantic Division Annual Meeting. Congratulations to all the team members!

October 2014
GW Geography Graduate student, Gloriana Sojo, won first prize in the poster-paper category at the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas, October 22-24, 2014. Congratulations

September 2014
GW Geography Alum, Jill Willson, authors report at Brookings titled Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in US Metropolitan Areas.” 

August 2014
GW Geography Alum, Colleen Pulsford, presents her work with USAID GeoCenter on their Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts at ESRI conference.

July 2014
Faculty and student's Siberian permafrost research highlighted in Barents Observer

June 2014
GW Geography Alum, Brian Hawthorne, part of D-Day Anniversary recognized by President Obama.

April 2014
The Humanitarian Mapping Society at GW (HMS GW) is a new student organization that will provide geospatial support for international development, and international disaster preparation/response efforts. For more information check them out on Facebook or email.

March 2014
Professor Mona Atia received the prestigious NSF Career Award to conduct research on poverty mapping in Morocco and Egypt.  Next year on her sabbatical she plans to begin this project with field work in Morocco and Egypt.

January 2014

GW Geography mapping project noted in USAID blog.