Monday, February 23, 2015

Geography Club: Guest Speaker - Dr. Hansen

UMD Geography Summer Internship

The GEOGLAM (GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring) team in the Geographical Sciences Department at UMD are looking for a summer intern to help us with our agriculture research.  We are looking for someone who is interested in GIS, remote sensing, conflict and food security.  Please contact Katie McGaughey at or Brian Barker at  Thank you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nominate an Outstanding Advisor

2015 OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR AWARD- submissions due on March 20, 2015.

The advisors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences play an integral role in the academic careers of our students.  Through advising, teaching and mentoring, our College, departmental and faculty advisors provide an important service to students by helping them set, pursue and achieve their scholastic goals.  The College supports an annual Outstanding Advisor Award in order to formally recognize advisors who have consistently demonstrated excellence in serving the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ student population.
An award of $1,000.00 will be presented at the College’s Faculty Staff Recognition Reception on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
All advisors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences including all faculty, College, and departmental advisors are eligible except those who have received the award during academic years 2008-2014.

To nominate a person for the award, send a letter of support to the College’s Advising Center that includes the nominee’s name and department and the nominator’s name, address, telephone number and relationship with the nominee (e.g., advisee, supervisor, co-worker, etc.). Student nominators are encouraged to describe how the advisor has assisted them both academically and personally and why she/he merits special recognition. This is the most important part of the nomination. It is on the basis of this information that the award will be granted.  Nominators are encouraged to solicit letters from others who are familiar with the nominee’s work. The College does not narrowly define the criteria for excellent advising. Rather, the nominator determines the attributes and behaviors that she/he believes constitute consistently excellent service.  Examples of attributes that nominators may want to consider include (but are not limited to) the following: accessibility, dedication, problem-solving skills, dependability, communication skills, motivation/attitude, knowledge/skills and innovation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Garmin Cartography Technician Position


Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be surrounded by others who share the same passion about what they do every day. We offer a relaxed team environment (no dress code!) where advancement is found from sharing knowledge, not hiding it! While we promise you a lot of responsibility, you also will have the opportunity to have ownership over projects…oh, and we promise you there will be some fun mixed in there, too!
Left or right? East or west? Our cartography technicians have the know-how to make sure our products don’t steer you wrong. Responsible for the attribution, maintenance and digitization of cartographic data, our technicians assist engineering in researching, defining, creating and evaluating all maps used in Garmin products. Heading out for a day on the water? Our technicians had a hand in creating that marine map. Going hiking in the Rockies? Yep, they did that too. Sightseeing on the streets of Paris? Ditto again. Our technicians maintain all of that geographic data using custom and 3rd party software so you always know where to go. Come on, what are you waiting for – are you ready to follow the leader?

We’re seeking full time Cartography Technicians for our office in Olathe, KS (Kansas City), to partner with our engineering teams in the research, definition, creation and evaluations of maps produced for use in Garmin products.

Essential functions for this role include:

• Edit, manipulate and maintain geographic data using custom and 3rd party software
• Ensure the application of cartographic specifications to the data
• Help evaluate and process database updates according to established methodology
• Assist in map generation and product compilation
• Conduct testing and evaluation of Garmin cartography products
• Perform established operations for quality assurance
• Continuous growth and evolve with engineering technology


A Bachelor’s Degree in cartography or geography with a minimum 3.0 GPA or a minimum of 4 years experience performing a role substantially similar to the essential functions of this job description is required. Qualified candidates will possess a basic understanding of geo-databases and a working knowledge of cartography and geography relevant to Garmin’s business needs. Proficient computer skills, including familiarity with PC applications and Windows Operating System (OS) and typing skills with the ability to type 30 wpm are also musts! Other required qualifications include:

• Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision
• Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a flexible, fast paced and challenging environment
• Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to work and thrive in a sophisticated technical environment
• Candidates who are familiar with ArcGIS or other GIS applications, GIS principles and methodologies, and/or possess experience using a GPS device are preferred. Bilingual skills are also a plus!

At Garmin, we like to laugh, have fun and work hard. It comes easily when you work on cool products with hard-working individuals who share the same passion. We offer numerous opportunities to get involved – kickball anyone? – and believe strongly in a work-life balance so your creativity can flow.

Garmin offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefit plans around. We offer extensive health care coverage with little to no contributions, depending on the plan. Plus, we offer dental insurance, an employee stock purchase plan, a Retirement Plan, and much more….trust us, it doesn’t get much better than this. Unless of course, you want to talk table tennis, fitness spaces, product discounts….come on, what are you waiting for? Apply today.

**Interested students can contact me directly at and apply online at Please include unofficial transcripts.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Join the Geography Club!

Eductation Abroad $1,000 Guaranteed Scholarships for Fall 2015 Exchanges

There are $1,000 scholarships available for UMD students accepted to Fall 2015 exchange programs. This is a guaranteed award for undergraduate students and excludes students who already receive 100% tuition benefits (i.e. tuition remission and full Banneker/Key scholarship).

Program deadlines are March 1st. 

More info available: 
Scholarship Info:

GIS Analyst for USAID/OFDA

Position Type: GIS Analyst

Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. It is the institutional contractor providing GIS services to USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Macfadden is looking for good self starters who can make maps and communicate the value of GIS. 

OFDA is the primary vehicle for USG humanitarian assistance and responds to many of the worlds natural and complex emergencies. From Ebola to Syria to Volcanoes and Cyclones - if you are interested participating in "saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and reducing the social and economic impact of disasters worldwide " (our official mandate) than this is the place for you. 

The posting is here:
Put David Thorin Saeger's name down in the application

If you are interested or would like more information, email David Saeger at 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NoMa Business Improvement District

Planning & Economic Development Intern

NoMa Business Improvement District

Position Type:
Internship (Fall or Spring Part-Time)
Desired Major(s):
All Majors
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
The Planning & Economic Development Intern will assist the 
NoMa BID Staff in planning and research related projects that 
contribute to the overall appeal, utility, and prosperity of the 
NoMa neighborhood. The intern will create maps, charts, and 
 other collateral to visually communicate activity, development, 
and infrastructure in the neighborhood.

The intern will assist the Planning Manager with a variety of tasks, 
 including project research, data collection, and map making. In 
addition, the intern may support the marketing team in 
designing materials and supporting NoMa BID events.
Job Function:
Arts/Design/Planning, Research, Other
Desired Class Level(s):
Junior, Senior, Masters Candidate, Doctoral Candidate
Salary Level:
Working proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and 
Photoshop. Experience using ArcMap GIS is preferred. Strong 
Microsoft Excel and writing skills are required. Interns must 
be a third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student.

National Park Service (National Capital Region) & George Mason U

Interdisciplinary Climate Change Communication Intern
National Park Service (National Capital Region) & George Mason U

Position Type:
Summer Internship
Desired Major(s):
Agriculture and Natural Resources/Environmental Science and 
Policy, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Natural Resources 
Management, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Environmental 
Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Environmental 
Science & Policy, Agriculture and Natural 
Resources/Environmental Science & Technology, Architecture, 
Planning and Preservation/Historic Preservation (GRAD), 
Architecture, Planning and Preservation/Urban Studies and 
Planning (GRAD), Arts and Humanities/Communication, 
Behavioral and Social Sciences/Geographical Sciences, 
Behavioral and Social Sciences/Environmental Science & Policy
Arlington, Virginia (United States)

The National Park Service (NPS) cares for special places saved by 
the American people so that all may experience our heritage. In 
this capacity, NPS is in a unique position to observe changes 
brought about by global warming, and to engage park visitors 
in conversations about climate change. George Mason 
University’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) 
 conducts research on, and teaches about, climate change public
 engagement strategies.

Up to eight interns (including two multimedia interns) will have 
the opportunity to work with 4C, NPS, park staff and the NPS’s 
Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on climate change 
communication projects at National Capital Region Parks 
(Greater Washington, D.C.) in the summer of 2015. Examples
 of previous year’s projects can be found at

Dates, Duration, and Location
Internships are full time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks, 
running from Monday, June 1 to Friday, August 7, 2015, 
with the possibility of extension through 
Friday, August 21, 2015. All work will take place in the 
Washington, DC metro area. Housing is not provided. 
Having a personal vehicle is recommended and ideal but 
not required.

Interns will be paid a minimum of $250 per week on 
biweekly pay schedule.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following materials 
(combined as one PDF file with applicant’s name as 
the file name) to with 
“NPS4C - [Applicant Name]” as the subject line:
(1) Resume or CV
(2) Undergraduate and/or graduate transcript 
(unofficial is acceptable)
(3) One page cover letter discussing your specific 
interest in the internship and highlighting your qualifications.
(4) TWO references: name, contact information, and 
nature of the relationship (e.g., professor, employer)

Please Note: Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed.

Inquiries regarding this internship may be directed to

Internship Application Timeline:
Deadline for completed applications: Friday, February 27th
Interview selection: contacted no later than Friday, March 13th
Interviews: March 16th through April 3rd
Applicants will be notified no later than: April 10th if they have been selected

The NPS and 4C seek a diverse cohort of interns. Applicants with diverse backgrounds 
from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
Job Function:
Agriculture/Natural Resources/Environment
Desired Class Level(s):
Junior, Senior, Masters Candidate, Doctoral Candidate
10 weeks
Approximate Hours Per Week:
Salary Level:
$250 per week
The 10-week internships are open to graduate students or exceptional rising junior or 
senior undergraduate students studying in any relevant field. The internship program 
seeks students with interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests in a combination of: 
biology, environmental science, sustainability, natural resources, sociology, 
communication, psychology, and other disciplines. Students must be attending a 
U.S. accredited college or university and must be legally allowed to work in the U.S. 
Interns may be required to pass a Federal government background check.

Please indicate in your resume and cover letter your knowledge, skills, and abilities 
in the following:
-Communication, marketing, journalism, social science, or environmental sciences
-Experience with social media in an organizational context
-Volunteering or volunteer management experience
-Outdoor education, interpretation or natural resource management

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Alumni of the Month

Name: Shelby Jones
Year of graduation: May 2014
Major: Geographical Sciences

Did you/do you attend graduate school? If so:
  • School: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Program: Master’s Certificate Program
  • Degree: Social studies secondary education
Current Research (if any):
The only research I am currently involved in is my own action research. I am conducting my research on student motivation and engagement.
Why did you want to be a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
I wanted to be a GEOG major because I have always been curious about the world. I knew I wanted to teach and loved learning about new places and people. When I thought about having the most exciting classroom in the future, I knew geography would be it. The coupling of education and geographical sciences was a perfect fit for me.
Which internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
As a GEOG major, I never completed any internships. However, I completed student teaching internships in Prince George’s and Howard Counties. These internships allowed me to use the information I was learning in my geography classes practically in the teaching field.
What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?
I would tell them to do as many internships as possible. It truly is all about the people you know and the connections you make. The sooner you can make connections and the more you can make, the better off you are once you get out there. Networking is key!
Secondly, I would tell them to travel or study abroad. You may never get the chance to travel like you do in college. It’s one thing to learn about it in the classroom, but it’s another to get out and live it. 
What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success after graduation?
I would recommend choosing a career that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It’s important to make enough money to be comfortable, but happiness is priceless.
Secondly, I would recommend looking into graduate schools across the globe.

Beyond the Classroom Living-Learning Program

Looking for an internship that aligns with your 
passion? Interested in making an impact?

Join Beyond the Classroom!

·        Explore civic issues that matter to YOU!
·        Gain real world experience
·        Develop leadership skills
·        Engage in community service
·        Optional housing in South Campus Commons

This three semester program goes beyond placing you in an internship. 
Beyond the Classroom, in the words of a former student, “exposes you 
to the world’s leading problems in new and engaging ways: 
through community service, activism, research, and meeting and 
speaking with those that are directly affected by challenges and 
work to fight them.

Information and On-Line Application: 

Fall 2015 Application Deadlines:
Wednesday, February 11th: Guaranteed Housing Deadline
Wednesday, February 25th: Contingency Housing Deadline
                                                            (based on availability)

Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program | Office of Undergraduate Studies
E-mail: | Tel.: 301-314-6621 | Office: South Campus Commons 1104

NASA DEVELOP Internship Program

This is a paid internship opportunity for students with the NASA DEVELOP Program. This program is open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at The summer online application deadline is February 27th.  The summer program dates are June 1 – Aug 7, 2015. Fall and spring internships are also available, and the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; there are many other locations across the United States.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20-30 hours per week for the summer term. Paid positions are funded as consultants using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.

I appreciate you sharing this opportunity with students, colleagues, and anyone interested. I am also more than willing to meet with any classes or groups of people for a short information session. Please feel free to contact me or share my contact information!

Kiersten Newtoff
Kiersten Newtoff
Center Lead | NASA DEVELOP National Program

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD 20770 | (301) 614-6707

February Undergraduate of the Month

Modibo Haidara
I was born in West Africa, Mali to be specific. My family and I moved to the United States in 2001. I am pursuing a double degree in GIS and Community Health with a minor in Global Poverty. I’m interested in using a multidisciplinary approach to analyze public health problems.  I am specifically interested in remote sensing as a tool to characterize water borne disease transmission risk. During my time at the University, I have had some unique experiences. I volunteered at the Children’s National Medical Center and am serving as a peer educator at UMD’s Health Center for the SHARE (Sexual Health and Reproductive Education) program. I interned at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where I served on a project to increase the access of open data in Africa as an incentive for businesses to invest in the Africa.
During the summer of 2014, I benefitted from the mentorship of GEOG's Dr. Matt Hansen through a research internship (Summer Research Initiative). I would say that was the most formative experience I’ve had at UMD and I encourage students in our department to reach out to faculty members.
For the spring 2015 semester, I will be interning with Dr. Molly Brown who just joined the department. She has provided me with an internship opportunity to fulfill my last academic requirement for graduation. I will be analyzing the metric used by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) to determine the prevalence of undernourishment, deconstruct the formula and reconstruct it using DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys) data. This is an excellent opportunity to work under the guidance of Dr. Brown whose expertise is my direct interest of study. Upon graduating, I plan on taking a year or two off to get work experience and prepare for graduate school. I am looking at schools of global health.