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WVU Geography Faculty Create New GEP Program 


Motivated by the challenges presented by COVID-19 for experiential learning, faculty in the WVU Geography Program worked to develop a new model to connect students to professional development opportunities. Engaging community partners from across the state, projects were identified, and students were recruited to bring needed and valued resources to real-life problems. 

The WVU Center for Resilient Communities is proud to host the first Geography Engagement Program within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Twenty students have been selected to participate in the experiential learning program’s Spring 2021 cohort. 

The Geography Engagement Program is designed to offer experiential learning opportunities to students in areas like food access, geographic information systems (GIS), land trusts, health equity, and community engagement. Each student hails from the Eberly College of Arts and Science, but are in various major programs, ranging from Geography, Finance and Administration, Biology, or Environmental Geoscience. Students will receive course credit and job placement as a part of the opportunity.

The Geography Engagement Program at the Center for Resilient Communities at West Virginia University, is made possible with generous support from the One Foundation.

Research Spotlight


WVU Geography Professor on The Pickle Shelf Radio Hour 

Jonathan Hall, WVU Geography is on the season finale of the WV storytelling podcast, The Pickle Shelf Radio Hour to talk about race, place and relations with the natural world.

Listen to the Interview

WVU Humanities Center announces recipients of ‘Life in the Time of COVID-19’ grants

A WVU Geography assistant professor,  Jamie Shinn, was awarded one of seven “Life in the Time of COVID-19” grants to research projects that address the pandemic from a humanistic perspective.

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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

Geology graduate student unlocking the history of life on Earth.


Growing up as a loyal fan of “Jurassic Park” in a family of nature lovers, geology student Sam Ocon always knew she wanted to be a paleontologist. Today, she is fulfilling her dream of studying invertebrate paleontology. Her research on the evolution of horseshoe crabs was selected for presentation at the Future Leaders of Paleontology session of the Geological Society of America’s 2020 annual meeting, held virtually last month.

Read more about her experience.

KrolcyzykMay the Quartz Be With You

As part of Earth Science Week 2020, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) intern and West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography grad Emma Krolczyk helped share how quartz is used to study all kinds of things, from earthquakes to archaeology. Watch the video.

Read about Earth Science Week.

Hurricanes and Marginalization rothrock  

WVU Geography graduate student, Brandon Rothrock, work “Hurricanes and Marginalization: How Climate Disasters Affect LGBTQ+ Persons” is part of his year-long fellowship with the Rachel Carson Council.

Read more about his research. 

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


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