Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma! We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.
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Geography is a discipline that studies people and the world in which they live. The geography research and teaching focus at the University of Oklahoma are organized around two thematic areas which correspond broadly to the traditional classification of physical and human geography.
The South Central Arc Users Groups (SCAUG) gives awards annually, check out this link for more information:
http://www.scaug.org/ and pictures of DGES award winners. Congratulations to Emma Kuster (MA student), recipient of the 2014 OK SCAUG Collaborative scholarship; Amber Cannon (MA student), recipient of the 2014 SCAUG Memorial Scholarship and; Pradeep Adhikari (doctoral student), recipient of the Regional SCAUG scholarship.
Congratulations to Dr. Renee McPherson for her recent recognition at the tribute to faculty awards ceremony for receiving the 2014 Vice President for Research Award for Outstanding Research Engagement, given annually to two faculty members on the Norman or Tulsa Campuses, in recognition for outstanding research, scholarship,
and/or works of creative activity and expression that involves multiple disciplines, multiple OU campuses, or external collaborators (including those outside academia) locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. These awards each consist of a $2,500 cash prize and certificate.
Paulette Blanchard, masters student in Geography, has been selected to participate in the 2014 AMS Summer Policy Colloquium in June of 2014 in Washington D.C. It was a very competitive selection process this year with the most applicants in AMS history and she is to be congratulated on her achievements. Paulette demonstrates professional potential and personal qualities that have earned her this recognition.
NerdScholar recently recognized OU as the U.S. university with the “most widespread” student groups devoted to environmental sustainability! The article features student Groups: Geography and Environmental Sustainability Club, Earth Rebirth, OUtdoor Club, Students Against Factory Farming Economy, OUr Earth, University of Oklahoma Student Association’s (UOSA) Office of Green Initiatives.
Dr. Karl Offen, Associate Professor of Geography, was recently recognized by the J.B. Harley Research Fellowships Trust Fund and awarded a J.B. Harley Award for 2014. The award to support and assist research in the map collections of the United Kingdom was given for Dr. Offen’s “From Local Knowledge to British Maps: Tracing the Links in Caribbean Central America”.
DGES Seminar Series
“The National Weather Center Green Roof Initiative: Making It Grow in the Sky (Or “Lucy in the Sky with Flowers”)” by Dr. Tom Woodfin, Professor & Director of the Landscape Architecture Division, College of Architecture, OU, Friday, March 28, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235, with coffee and snacks starting at 3:15 p.m.
See all of our Colloquia here