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Department Newsletter

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Exclusively for alumni, the Department of Geography's annual newsletter features alumni and department updates, as well as event information. 

Previous Newsletters: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 (PDF), 2013 (PDF), 2012 (PDF)


Department News

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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.

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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.

Ivana Mowry Mora

Support Networks, Mentoring Key to Immigrant Youth Success

Ivana Mowry-Mora, BS ’20, researches how immigration status affects access to mentorship and networking resources — and looks for ways to support more young immigrants.

Mapathon

 

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

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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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