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Standing in Solidarity

GW Geography stands in solidarity with those resisting oppression.

Message to Students

We are writing today in sadness and solidarity. We have been following the protests across the country (and down the street) in response to the most recent acts of violence against the Black community.  We echo the message of these protests: Black lives matter.
Michael Mann sitting in front of a computer screen showing mapping software

Researchers Follow Social Distancing’s Path

Associate Professor of Geography Michael Mann is using GPS data to create a block-by-block map of the Washington, D.C., region, pinpointing social distancing behavior. Once completed, the model will be able to detect patterns by comparing real-time information to social distancing metrics.

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Virtual Advising Sessions for New Majors

Interested in more information about the Geography or Environmental Studies major? Considering declaring before class registration in a few weeks.

Joseph Dymond and four students sitting outside in the Botswana plains around a jeep

Announcing the Joseph Dymond Scholarship for Educational Travel

Applicants are invited to apply for the first annual Joseph Dymond Scholarship for undergraduate majors in Geography and Environmental Studies.

Prof Dima Streletskiy

Radical warming in Siberia leaves millions on unstable ground

Geography Professor Dmitry (Dima) Streletskiy quoted in Washington Post article on climate change in Siberia.
Jonathan Kvilhaug stands outside holding a plaque for an award he received

Sustainability Snapshot: Sustainability Minors Reflect On Their Culminating Experiences

Geography major Jonathan Kvilhaug was awarded an Eco-Equity Challenge Award to promote environmental engineering education.
A collage of students smiling at the camera, holding camera equipment and playing the trombone on a blue background.

Seniors' Favorite GW Memories

Geography major Vikram Albrecht talks about his most memorable moment during his time at GW.

Laura Smith

An Inside Look at New York City's Department of City Planning

Laura Smith, MA ’06, discusses how her childhood love of maps led to her current work planning New York City’s economic development and affordable housing construction.

Students with laptops seated around a table at Mapathon.

At Geography Mapathons, Students Make Their Mark on the World

From disaster relief to disease prevention, students are supporting aid efforts around the world — all with the click of a mouse.



Hosted by a student group, Mapathons are held at least once each semester to contribute to international aid efforts. Using open-source mapping software, participants help map areas that are identified as at risk for or have recently experienced disasters. All members of the GW community are invited to join a Mapathon event — no experience required. 

Learn More About Mapathons

2017 many Mapathon participants coding around a table


Geography Bowl 

A group of GW and other students holding a trophy at the 2019 Geography Bowl

GW geographers Brian Sachs, Noah Rothstein and Chris Hart were on the Mid-Atlantic Division Team that won the 2019 National Championship World Geography Bowl.

The American Association of Geographers hosts the annual World Geography Bowl, a quiz tournament featuring teams of undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the Mid-Atlantic region. The winning team and individuals win prizes, and all participants receive a travel stipend to offset expenses. 

Visit the Department of Geography Facebook page to see upcoming events and read recaps of past competitions and prizes. Contact the department to learn how to participate.


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