Recent News

Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson received the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization Fellowship award. The award is intended to support students whose work fosters “creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition and to help prepare teachers from different disciplines who have well-reasoned convictions about the place of Western civilization in the curriculum of an American liberal arts institution.” As a critical geographer Rob describes his work as looking “at the intersection... Read more
Geography undergraduate Alejandro Montesinos received an Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) Merit Award at their Spring Recognition Ceremony on May 25th. Alejandro was nominated by his OMA&D advisor Keoke Silvano. Keoke said this about Alejandro in his nomination: “Alejandro is a non-traditional student who had worked hard to come to UW. He is a promising Geography major who, despite hurdles and challenges that could have derailed his plans, made him stronger. Alejandro... Read more
Maggie Wilson
Maggie Wilson, Geography Ph.D. student, recently received the European Union Center’s Graduate Research Grant. This summer, Wilson will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to begin her dissertation field research about how mental health programs are being integrated into humanitarian emergency response programs. Medical humanitarian organizations traditionally have not offered mental health services as part of emergency response, but recently mental healthcare has started to become integrated with... Read more
The Department of Geography will host a geography-themed hackathon event on April 28-29th in Denny Hall, room 303. The event, MapHacks, will bring UW students from all disciplines and departments together to apply their backgrounds in Web mapping and GIS using a wide variety of platforms, including MapBox, Carto, Tableau, QGIS, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS. MapHacks will be held over the course of the weekend. On the first day, participants will form teams based on common interests within the overall... Read more
Racquel West
Undergraduate Racquel West, a sophomore double major in Geography and History, was named as a McNair Scholar in the 2018 cohort. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to support highly qualified underrepresented students whose ultimate academic goal is a Ph.D. Qualifications for this honor include academic excellence and extracurricular involvement. West served as vice chair of Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) and is also a member of the Sustainability Action Network and... Read more
Skye Naslund
Skye Naslund, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography, has been awarded the Richard and Joanne Morrill Graduate Student Fellowship. The Richard and Joanne Morrill Graduate Student Fellowship provides an award of $10,000 to a geography graduate student who is writing up their dissertation. The fellowship will fund Skye’s last quarter of dissertation writing and completion in Spring Quarter. Skye’s dissertation is motivated by the desire to better understand the production and circulation of... Read more
Geography undergraduate Yurika Harada was recently awarded the Fall Mary Gates Research Scholarship, a competitive scholarship intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. Yurika’s research, “Pokémon Go: A Historical and Analytical Consideration of Big Data in GPS Based Applications,” examines how data through gaming produces spatial inequalities. Her project analyzes the spatial... Read more
Mobility Patterns from Digital Trace Data
Lee Fiorio, Geography Ph.D. student and researcher in the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), recently won first place in CSDE’s Demography Student Poster Session and Lightning Talk. The competition’s participants were the current CSDE-affiliated graduate students from sociology, social work, statistics, and geography. Fiorio’s work, “Regularities in Mobility Patterns at Different Time Scales: Evidence from ‘Digital Trace Data’ in the U.S. and Senegal,” develops a method for... Read more
The Department of Geography is excited to announce a study abroad opportunity that is being co-sponsored by the Geography Department though the CHID department. It is a full summer term program to Buenos Aires, Argentina and focuses on the political landscapes of the city. The program is being run by Mónica Farías, PhD alum of the department and Elizabeth Shoffner, a current PhD student in the department. There is financial aid availability and there is no language requirement. The program is... Read more