2024 Awards, Honors and Achievements

Submitted by Nell Gross on

On June 7, 2024, the Department of Geography celebrated over 165 B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. recipients at our annual Convocation Ceremony! Professor Bo Zhao, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Professor Suzanne Withers, Graduate Program Coordinator, announced the following honorees who received awards from the department and from other units at UW:

Graduate Awards & Recognitions

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching

Alexandra Yanson

Edward L. Ullman Doctoral Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Clara Lemme Ribeiro

Edward L. Ullman Masters Award for Excellence in Scholarship      

Sai Ahmed

Howard Martin Medal for Extraordinary Achievement in Scholarship, Teaching & Service

Natalie Vaughan-Wynn

Undergraduate Awards & Recognitions

Community Service & Public Engagement Award

Kels Cook

Outstanding Senior Award     

Milena Johnson

Dean's Medal Nominee

Sarah Barbara Gest

Honors in Geography 2023-2024

Chloe Abrahams, John Duffy, Sarah Barbara Gest, Ivette Ivanov, Alex Kirchmeier, Weilin Wang, Shuai Yuan

Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium, Live Lightning Talks Session I Prize  

Ivette Ivanov, "Sexual Education in the United States: Geographic Variation in State Policy vs Adolescent Health Outcomes in California & Texas" 

Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium, Live Lightning Talks Session II Prize

Weilin Wang, "Unveiling the Impact of Socio-Economic Factors on Solar Energy Distribution in Seattle Neighborhoods"

Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium Gallery Prize

Luke Amrine, Anthony Kim, Katelyn Saechao, Pritika Vipin, "Analysis of Missing Race/Ethnicity Data and Same Sex Borrowers in Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data"

Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium Gallery Prize

Yi Hong Huang, Alex Kirchmeier, Hanna Loyuk, "SHARE Histories"

Each year, graduating seniors have the opportunity to nominate an instructor for the Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. The recipient of this year’s award is Professor Gunwha Oh. Geography majors shared their appreciation for Professor Oh with their nominations:

  • Gunwha Oh is an excellent professor. She is willing to help me with whatever difficulties I have when working on assignments and in class. I've had the privilege of taking four of her classes, and they've all been quite insightful. She is dedicated to making sure her students succeed shows in the way she teaches, and she is always ready to help, even not in a class time.
  • Professor Oh is really approachable, especially in a small group context. And I could feel she is dedicated to make the lecture as interesting as possible, and she always encourage a collaborative work in the class. I made some good friends there :)
  • Professor Gunwha Oh is very knowledgeable and her way of teaching has helped me understand the materials I need to learn to be successful. Professor Gunwha Oh teaching made me want to learn more and pursue a Masters degree in the future.
  • Dr. Oh teaches complicated subjects in snippets that students can understand and apply to their work. She is very willing to directly help students whether it is to find motivation or to talk to other students. She is also very understanding of students' needs and emotions.
  • She was very engaging with the class and made many attempts to enforce us with the latest trends in GIS and helped us overall build a strong foundation when encountering data. Her contributions and care were invaluable and I felt more proud being a geography data science major through my time in her classes.
  • I had Prof Gunwha Oh for a a lot of my classes, and each class with her always had a friendly environment where I felt encouraged to participate and engaged with the class, especially the occasional fun class activities she assigned us. She explained concepts clearly, which made the assignments and exams felt easier to do. Overall I had a very enjoyable time in all of her classes and would recommend students new to the major to try taking classes with her.
  • Gunwha Oh was a very accommodating and genuine professor. In her class, I felt very natural and really enjoyed being able to be apart of her courses throughout my years. She was fun, and I hope that she is able to continue teaching for many years!

The 26th Annual Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium remains live on the Department of Geography website and features the award winners noted above as well as many other impressive projects in the online Symposium Gallery.