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Department of Geography

  • Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia

My Geography

My Geography is the information resource page for current geography faculty, staff and students. If you have any questions, please contact us at 803-777-5234.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Dissertation proposal defense

Join Michelle Harris as she defends her dissertation proposal on Friday, Jan.21, at 8:30 a.m. The public is welcom to the defense, held via Microsoft Teams.

Dahlman to give lecture

Former UofSC professor Carl Dahlman (now of Miami University) will be back in Columbia for a lecture on Jan. 19.  His talk, "Rebel Regions: The Spatial Effects of Civil War Fighting on Political Party Formation and Eelction Performance in Kosovo, 2001–2021," will be presented in the Hollings Library, Room 132, at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

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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