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Grad teaching award winners

The Department of Geography is pleased to announce its graduate instructional award winners for 2021–2022.

  • Department of Geography Graduate Instructor Award — This award recognizes outstanding graduate student instructors.
    Qian Huang
  • Department of Geography Teaching Assistant Award —This award recognizes outstanding TAs.
    Stafford Mullin

Congratulations Qian and Stafford!

Jackson wins Patterson prize

Geography grad student Sarah Jackson was announced as this year's winner of the university's Rhude M. Patterson Fellowship.  The $5000 award is given each year to a female grad student in the humanities or social sciences who has exhibited excellence in her field. Congratulations, Sarah!

Geography major Windsor wins Sullivan Award

UofSC geography major Claire Windsor received one of two Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, the schools's highest undergraduate honor, in recognition of her work to encourage sustainability on campus.. Claire also won the Pastides Sustainability Award and the Outstanding Achievement and Student Triumph Award.

Jiang wins 2022 ESIP Raskin Scholarship

Congratulations to Yuqin Jiang, who was announced as the winner of this year's Raskin Scholarship. The award is given annually by the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) to a student in the Earth or computer sciences who has demonstrated an interest in Earth science data systems. Way to go, Yuqin!

Jackson receives SPARC grant

Sarah Jackson was awarded a 2021–22 SPARC graduate research grant. The $5,000 grant to work on her dissertation project, “The Role of Geographic Context in Tornado Risk Perception and Response,” is one of 52 awarded to UofSC graduate researchers. Congrats, Sarah!

TA award to Pete Tereszkiewicz!

Each semester the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, which works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels, recognizes a handful of outstanding teaching assistants. This January an award went to geography grad student Pete Tereszkiewicz! Congrats, Pete!

AAG honor to Mitchell

The 2022 Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education has been awarded to Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell, current chair of the UofSC Department of Geography,  for his exceptional service to the discipline of geography and unique contributions to the geographic education community. From 2004 to 2021, he served as coordinator of the South Carolina Geographic Alliance (SCGA). He has received more than $5 million in grants to support geographic education and has provided pre-service training, professional development, and geographic content lectures for more than 40,000 educators throughout South Carolina.

ESIP award to Quan!

Congratulations to Qian Huang for being named a 2022 ESIP community fellow in the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster! ESIP is a non-profit that examines Earth science data, and the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster facilitates connections and coordinates efforts among data providers, managers and developers of disaster response systems and tools, and end-user communities within ESIP. 

Knauss Fellowship to geographer

Ellie Davis Peirel is a Knauss Fellow finalist! The Knauss Fellowships, administered through NOAA and Sea Grant, place early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, D.C., for one year.

Ellie is following in the footsteps of Michelle Harris, who received this award last year.

Kudos to Beth Nelson

Congratulations to Beth Nelson! Not only did she defend her dissertation this month, but she also won the European Geography Specialty Group award at AAG 2021.  Beth will be giving an informal research talk via Zoom Thursday, April 29, at 4 p.m. 

Ellie Davis named Breakthrough Award recipient

Ellie Davis, a doctoral student in the department under Professor Kirstin Dow, was named one of UofSC's 2021 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award winners. The award recognizes exceptional graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and make considerable contributions to research and scholarly activities in their field. Congratulations to Ellie! 

She is the second geography grad student to win this award recently. Xiao Huang (Ph.D. 2020) received a Graduate Scholar Award in 2019. 


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Photo: Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia; Michael Hodgson.


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