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Putting gloves into the right hands

WVU researchers donate protective gear to COVID-19 efforts

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Department Chair,Timothy Carr's car loaded up with donations.

Researchers across the  Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at  West Virginia University have moved quickly to donate personal protective equipment from their laboratories to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations have come from dozens of Eberly College labs working in biology, chemistry, forensics,  geology and geographyphysics and astronomy and  psychology. Over the past several days, each of these departments inventoried their labs for any gear that would be useful for healthcare professionals.

Read the Story Here 

Research Spotlight


New Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Shobe, a geomorphologist specializing in cutting edge modeling of landscape evolution, will join the Department of Geology and Geography as a new Assistant Professor of Surficial Processes in January of 2021. Dr. Shobe received a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam.  

Learn more about our research areas.  

Caretta receives national geography award

Congratulations to Martina Angela Caretta, assistant professor of geography and recipient of the American Association of Geographers' 2020 Glenda Laws Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding research contributions to social justice issues.  

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Landslide Mapping

WVU Geology Dr. Kite and Geography Dr. Maxwell, and the WV GIS Technical Center Kurt Donaldson, Dr. Sharma, and research students published on recent landslide research.    

Student Spotlight

Elizabeth Hanwell Wins Prestigious ASPRS Scholarship

Elizabeth Hanwell, a Junior majoring in Environmental Geoscience, will be receiving the John O. Behrens ILI Memorial Scholarship from ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) for outstanding students in geospatial science. Hanwell has been an Intern at the West Virginia GIS Technical Center since January of 2018. At the Tech Center she created the West Virginia Landslide Tool, worked on creation of a statewide building inventory and is creating a series of trail maps at the county and regional level.


Learn more about her work.

Recent Geography Ph.D. , Kristen deGraauw featured in WBOY video.

Hobby turned career: how 1 person’s passion for American history changed the field

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Student Organizations

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

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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.

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Colloquia cancelled for rest of semester.
We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 
Colloquia are held on Friday at 2 p.m. in 325 Brooks Hall during the fall and spring semesters. All talks are free, and most are open to the public.

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Brooks Weather Station

Live WVU Weather Station

The Brooks Hall weather station obtains real-time meteorological data for teaching and research in physical geography, and it presents current weather conditions on campus. It was the first WVU weather station bought with NSF funding. 

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