Student Funding, Scholarships and Awards

Student Scholarships and Awards

Departmental Scholarships

The Geography Department offers scholarships from several different funds for the benefit of different groups of students. Recipients are announced at the Geography Spring Banquet and on the Department news page.

Award / Scholarship Details
Burton Anderson Scholarship For continuing undergraduate students
Eileen Johansen Memorial Scholarship For continuing undergraduate students
Rodney Steiner Award An award for continuing undergraduate or graduate students, in exchange for 50 hours of work in the Department
Frank Gossette Award For continuing or currently enrolled graduate students who have advanced to candidacy and are working on a master’s thesis
Graduate Research Enhancement Fund (GREF) Award Reimbursement for or purchase of research materials, field equipment, or software for graduate student research projects related to a master’s thesis

Departmental Employment

The Geography Department regularly offers employment opportunities for graduate students. Positions are typically 10 hours per week or less. Individual faculty may have grant-funded research that allows employment of one or more research assistants (graduate or undergraduate) to assist with project research.

Position Type Details
Teaching Associate Teach lab section of a lecture course, such as Geography of Weather & Climate (graduate students only)
Instructional Student Assistant Assist instructor of a lecture course, such as World Regional Geography (graduate students only)
Student Assistant Provide assistance to students in computer lab with geospatial software and other applications (graduate students only)
Research Assistant Work with a faculty member on a grant-funded research project. Tasks vary but may include, for example, literature research, field work, data processing or community outreach (graduate or undergraduate students).

New for fall! College of Liberal Arts Equity Scholars program offers a $3500 scholarship for 1-2 semesters to promising, research-driven students who are also socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation, and/or historically underrepresented in their discipline. Contact the graduate advisor for more information.