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Undergraduate News & Awards

Undergraduate News

GIS Help Desk

Each year the Geography department hires students to staff our GIS Help Desk; a departmental resource that provides free, one-on-one tutoring and guidance to students seeking assistance in GIS programs and applications. The GIS Help Desk is located in the Geography Main Office (Jefferson 220).

GIS Help Desk hours follow a University schedule. If the University is closed (or if the Geography office is closed), the GIS Help Desk may be unavailable. Hours may be limited or extended during midterms/final exams. GIS Help Desk Assistants operate on a first-come, first-serve drop-in basis. Contact with any questions, or call the Geography Main Office at 508-793-7336 for more information. The GIS Help Desk is sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.

Spring 2019 Hours

Mondays 2:30-5pm
Tuesdays 1:30-5pm
Wednesdays 9am-12pm
Thursdays 12-5pm

Fridays 9am-2pm

GIS Support Assistants (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)

A HimmelbergerAnthony Himmelberger | Earth System Science '19
"Hello! My name is Anthony Himmelberger, I'm an undergrad finishing up my major in Earth System Science with a minor in Geography. Next year I will be doing the Accelerated Degree Program in GIS. My main research interests include glaciology and tracking of ablation through remote sensing and GIScience. My past field work experience includes the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project under the guidance of Dr. Mauri Pelto from Nichols College. During this project, we studied glacier ablation using techniques such as measuring snowpack and crevasse depths, calculating stream runoff, and taking geographical coordinates to make vertical and horizontal profiles of seven glaciers. This summer I interned through NOAA and the Rookery Bay Research Reserve in Naples, Florida assessing loggerhead sea turtle nesting activity along the Cape Romano Complex Beaches. My Honors Thesis research this year will be assessing habitat suitability for the Pacific Walrus through remote sensing analysis of Arctic sea ice. I'm excited to be at the Help Desk this year, feel free to stop by and say hello!"


S AronowSophie Aronow | Environmental Science & Policy (MS '19, BA Geography '18)
"My name is Sophie, studying Environmental Science & Policy in the Accelerated Degree Program, with an bachelor's degree in Geography and concentration in GIS. I am interested in using GIS to map and analyze spatial patterns from environmental destruction like deforestation and wildfires. This summer I interned with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to learn about the Brownfields Program, a program to clean contamination, and create informational videos. I hope to use GIS extensively in a future job and perhaps work at a national park."


Undergraduate Awards

Ellen Churchill Semple Award

This award is given to an outstanding graduating senior geography major. Award is based primarily on student’s academic achievements. Consideration should also be given to professional and community achievements, independent research activities, publications and consulting.

2018: Rose Kendrick
Yaffa Fain and Saira Khan
Kim Johnson and Sanika Shah
Michino Hisabayashi
2014: Michelle Andrews and Lucas Earl
2013: Joseph Danko
2012: Dylan Broderick
2011: Alicia Cavanaugh
2009: Jaclyn Green-Stock and Christopher MacAlpine-Belton
2008: Daniel Desantis and Laura Merner
2007: Timothy Currie
2004: Shana Retherford
2003: Diana Huffaker
2002: Ethan Frost and Josephine Shagwert
2001: Kathryn Machud
2000: Marguerite Andrews
1999: Lori Bohne and Naoko Kubo
1998: Megan Williams
1997: Michael Coles
1996: Erin Fitzpatrick
1989: Christopher Davis
1988: Michael Brown

Global Environmental Studies Outstanding Student Award

This award is given to a Global Environmental Studies graduating senior, recognizing academic excellence within the Global Environmental Studies program.

2018: Hannah Corney
Claire Bayler
Eli Goldman
Gabrielle Kent
2014: Chi Le and Mikaela Monous

Clark Labs Geographic Information Science Excellence Award

This award is given to an outstanding Geography major who shows excellence in the field of Geographic Information Science. This award is given by Geography but funded by Clark Labs. (Formerly the IDRISI Excellence in Geographic Information Science Award)

2018: Carly Robbins
Ali Filipovic and Will Heikes
Hannah Rosenblum
Rebecca Chapman
2014: Sean Cunningham
2013: Yelena Finegold
2012: Parker Edmonds
2011: Andrew (AJ) Shatz
2009: Jenner Alpern and Albert Decatur
2008: Alina Taus
2007: Joseph Fortier

Linda Roth Memorial Activist Scholar Award

Linda Roth was a graduate of the Geography Ph.D. program at Clark and was a life-long Social Justice and Environmental activist a well as a very accomplished award-winning forest Ecology scientist. This award is given to an outstanding Global Environmental Studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that she demonstrated during her life, from the U.S. to Nicaragua, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

2018: Krissy Truesdale
Katie Luczai
Katherine Landesman
Selena Shabot, Rebecca Liebman and Rebecca E. Miller
2014: Sharon Bort
2013: April Herleikson
2012: Serena Galleshaw
2011: Callista Perry

The Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award

This award is given to award is given to an outstanding junior or senior in Geography who shows the passion for the environment in their education and research that Marcia Szugda-Emani exhibited in her support of environmental education at Clark University. Designated use is to help to cover expenses associated with advanced research projects related to geography and the environment, with a preference for research and/or projects related to the environment and its relevance to human well-being.

2018: Meyru Bhanti (Geography & Environmental Conservation Biology '18)
Daniela Reyes Saade (Geography & Economics '17)
Chung Truong Nguyen (Geography, '16)
Julia Groenfeldt (Global Environmental Studies, '15)
2014: Elliot Altbaum (Geography, '14)
2013: Emily Sturdivant (Geography, '13)

NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award

The Excellence in Scholarship Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholastic performance in the field of geography. This award is co-sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers.

2018: Anthony Jreije
Isabel Miranda
Eric Pasay
Joey Hersh
2014: Zoe Ritter
2013: Lauren Ziemer and Martha Ziemer
2012: Andrew (AJ) Shatz
2011: Angela Marshall
2009: Marie Anselm
2008: Joanna Plunkett
2007: Andrew Cummings, Annya Djachiachvili, Niluka Gunawardena, and Elizabeth Waste
2006: Allan Breed, Ryan Frazier, Jaime Huber, Emma Klein
2004: Daniel Pomerleau
2003: Patrick Morris
2002: Stephen Aldrich, Jonah Vitale Wolf

Strabo Award

This award is given to a junior in recognition of intellectual leadership, exploration, and creativity. It is named for the Greek Geographer, Strabo, whose seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Geographica, changed the known world of his time.

2018: Iolanthe Brooks (Geography & Sociology '19)
Ian Jackson (Geography & Women and Gender Studies '18) and Rose Kendrick (Geography '18)
Yaffa Fain (Geography & Art, '17) and Daniela Reyes Saade (Geography, '17)
Eric Pasay (Earth System Science, '16)
2014: Joey Hersh (Geography, '15)
2013: Zoe Ritter (Geography, '14) and Lucas Earl (Geography, '14)
Tatiana Baglioni (Geography, '13)
2011: Dylan Broderick (Geography, '12)


Peter J. Condakes Summer Research Fellowship

This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Condakes, an alumnus and Geography major from the Class of 1978. To be considered for this award (which is open to sophomores or juniors studying Geography, Global Environmental Studies, and Earth System Science) students must submit a research proposal alongside a faculty mentor to be conducted during the summer months. Applications are posted on the Careers and Internships page annually when available.

2018: Iolanthe Brooks (Geography & Sociology '19) and Claire Shapton (Geography '19)
Ian Jackson (Geography & Women and Gender Studies '18) and Sophia Aronow (Geography '18)
Claire Bayler (IDSC & Global Environmental Studies, '17) and Anthony Jreije (Econ. & Geography, '18)
Yuka Fuchino (Geography, '16)
2014: Rebecca Chapman (Geography, '15) and Alexander Hayes (Geography, '16)
2013: Zoe Ritter (Geography, '14) and Gabrielle Kent (Global Environmental Studies, '15)
Yelena Finegold (Geography, '13) and Holly Jones (Geography, '12)
2009: Claire Griffen (Geography, '10)
2008: Marie Anselm (Geography, '09)
2007: Michelle Bozeman (Geography, '09)
2003: Daniel Pomerleau (Geography, '04)
2002: Denise Lavallee (Geography, '05)
2001: Rachel Regeczi (Geography, '01)
2000: Michael Staton (Geography, '02)

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