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Our programs give students the chance to study complex geosystems and spatial patterns around the globe and in our backyard. From field geology to global climate change, our undergraduate and graduate programs in Geology, Geography and Environmental Geoscience offer countless opportunities to dig down deep or take you far across the planet.

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It is Very Spatial! 

The Department is delighted to recognize a group of former students and current staff members on their Media Achievement Award from the Association of American Geographers.

From the AAG:

VerySpatial Podcast co-founders and hosts (Jesse Rouse, University of North Carolina Pembroke;  Sue Bergeron, Coastal Carolina University; Frank LaFone, WV GIS Technical Center; and Barbara MacLennan, Fairmont State University) for their work on the VerySpatial podcast, an internationally known, award-winning podcast that has provided outstanding geographic content and teaching methods to geography enthusiasts and educators around the world for 15 years. Ranked in the top 5% of all K-12 podcasts in iTunes VerySpatial also has much to offer professionals and laypeople, demonstrating how geography and geospatial technologies filter into our digital and daily lives and  connecting vital ideas from geographers’ work to recent events and trends.

Help Support our Geology Field Camp

We need your help to lessen the financial burden of attending field camp for five geology students. Field camp provides an incredible opportunity for our students and creates meaningful hands-on experiences that will last a lifetime.

 Dan and Pat Billman have launched a challenge to support Geology field camp:

“As geologists we know, the best geologists see the most rocks. Future WVU geologists need our support now. Please join us in championing WVU Geology’s field camp and courses.” - Dan Billman (1989 MS Geology) and Pam Billman (1988 MS Geology)

We're Hiring!

The Department is hiring two positions in GIS. 


Research Spotlight

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Mapping West Virginia

New research from  West Virginia University is transforming understanding of the Mountain State’s famous landscape – and identifying ways to preserve it.  

As WVU’s latest NSF CAREER Award winner, Assistant Professor of Geography  Aaron Maxwell will use big data to map what the surface of West Virginia looked like over the last 60 years. The funding includes $636,785 over five years.

Learn more about his research.

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Mapping a Legacy: New Geography Endowment

After a 35-year career in the   Department of Geology and Geography, Professor Emeritus   Gregory Elmes aspires to give back to the university that has given him so much.

He and wife Jeanne (MM Music Performance, 1999) have established a planned gift, the Dr. Gregory and Mrs. Jeanne Elmes Geography Endowment, to support undergraduate geography students in their research endeavors.

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WVU Geology Faculty Develops Virtual Lab

When the coronavirus began to spread around the world in early 2020,  West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography's Graham Andrews knew he needed to act fast. He already had 3D photography software and a drone on hand for a volcanology research project. But with some quick thinking and the help of five students, an idea was born -- a virtual geology lab. 

Read more in Eberly Magazine.

Student Spotlight

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West Virginia University  geography students, in collaboration with community leaders, are responding. The Listening Project is a partnership between WVU’s Center for Resilient Communities and West Virginia organizers, Amy Jo Hutchison and Jennifer Wells, that gathers stories of strength and struggle as West Virginians seek to find solidarity in uncertain times.

Read more about the project.

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The Culture of Cooperation

Dina Hornbaker a farm manager for New Roots Community Farm in Fayetteville, West Virginia talks about the life changing impact of geography. "I majored in multidisciplinary studies in geography, Spanish and communication studies. I have always enjoyed studying the relationships among areas, natural systems, cultural activities and the interdependence of all of these throughout the Earth." 

Read about her experience.

Turning a Corner on Food Insecurity

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Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective is a food hub that aggregates, sells and distributes locally grown and produced products across West Virginia. It is an initiative in WVU’s  Center for Resilient Communities, which conducts community-based action research addressing Appalachia’s most pressing challenges.

As a graduate research assistant with Turnrow and online farms market manager for Sprouting Farms, geography master’s student Valerie Slone is putting her research into action.

Read more about the initiative. 

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Student Organizations

We offer several student organizations to help you make the most of of your education.

Check out our student organizations.

Internships

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Selected students are awarded a $3,500 stipend for eight weeks of mentored research. An additional $2,000 is available for travel to a professional conference or for supplies.

Explore internship opportunities.

Colloquium

We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 

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