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Gavin Derleth Receives Luther Rice Fellowship

Geography Undergraduate, Gavin Derleth Receives Luther Rice Fellowship
A geography junior, Gavin Derleth, received a Luther Rice Fellowship from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences to continue his research on neighborhood effects of gentrification in Washington, DC.

DONATE to the Joseph Dymond Scholarship in Geography Fund

Dorn McGrath Lecture 2019: Planning for Diveristy and Inclusion in Cities.
When: March 1, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Where: SMPA B07 (805 21st St, NW)

Housed in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Geography is home to thirteen faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication. The Department offers B.A. degrees in Geography and Environmental Science, a M.S. in Geography, and a graduate certificate in GIS.

The Department has research expertise in four areas: human migration and mobility, sustainable development and environmental change, urban environments and applied geospatial techniques. GW Geography faculty are highly research active and have an excellent record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Since 2010 geography faculty have been awarded $5.7 Mil in external grants.  GW Geography has also been a pioneer in teaching Open Source software, is a founding member of Youthmappers and established the student-led GW Humanitarian Mapping Society, which seeks to render aid and better the world through humanitarian GIS projects. In 2017, the AAG awarded Geography an Honorable Mention as a Department of Excellence.

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.

The Department of Geography SPEAKER SERIES
Each semester the Department hosts a number of different speakers on a variety of topics relating to the field of Geography.  All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks.  The talks will take place in Corcoran Hall 207 at 4pm.

FALL 2018 
Sep 14  Dr. Matt Hannah | Universitat Bayreuth | Direction and Geographical Thought
Oct 12  Lawson Brigham | Ubiversity of Alaska, Fairbanks | The New Maritime Arctic
Oct 26  GWU Geography Faculty | Lightening talks on their own research
Nov 9   Nathaniel Lewis | University of South Hampton | LGBT Immigrant Health
Nov 30  Wes Reisser | Department of State and GWU | Book Launch: Energy Resources: From Science to Society

Jan 25   
Jessica Greybill | Colgate Univeristy | 
Feb 8   Jonathan Leib | Old Dominion University | Boasts of the Confederacy: Race, Memory and Monument Landscape Politics in Southern Virginia
Mar 1   ANNUAL DORN MCGRATH LECTURE Nisha Agarwal | Senior Advisor to the New York City Deputy Mayor and Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagemenr at GWU | Planning for Diversity and Inclusion in Cities
Apr 12   Jessica Gephart | SESYNC - Post Doc | Food Security and Fisheries

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 donate click here.

 The Office of Sustainability has certified that the Department of Geography has met the requirements for Green Office Certification at the George Washington University and pledges to promote sustainable office behavior and practices. 

Geography News & Resources



SPRING 2019 Spatial Analysis Lab Calendar

Geogaphy Students and HMS featured by CCAS for Mapathons

Geography Adjunct Professor, Aswin Subanthore publised in the journal Social & Culture Geography.

Students from Humanitarian Mapping Society (HMS GW) attend and work The Oepn Data for Resilience Mapathon at World Bank.

Geography alumna Laura Smith released a video series highlighting NYC planning for economic development and affordable housing construction

Professor Declan Cullen's article, Taking Back the Wheel, on the rise of Uber and the peer-to-peer economy. 

Geography alumna Kaitlin Yarnal thrives at National Geographic

Research Prof. Tim Heleniak published a new article on Migration in Iceland titled Once Homogenous, Tiny Iceland Opens Its Doors to Immigrants

Dr. Marie Price, HMS GW and other GW Students and Alum highlighted in International Women's Day Mapping Event!

Geography Faculty and Students work in arctic featured by Columbian College: Into the Arctic.

GW Professors Nuala Cowan and Joe Dymond and Richard Hinton, GWU Spatial Analysis Lab Manager and Instructor, visit YouthMappers Leadership Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in Summer 2017.