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.
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The department seeks exceptional students to apply for paid graduate fellowships at the M.A. or Ph.D. level in Geo-humanities. Students in the Geo-humanities program are encouraged to work in various media, including digital/web, photography, video as applied to political-ecological concerns around the globe. If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, click-through for more info, and contact Professor Nicholas Bauch for an informational interview
The Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma is seeking a doctoral student (graduate research assistant) to work with Dr. Jad Ziolkowska on economic and environmental impacts of weather events and importance of weather information for decision-making in Oklahoma. If you are interested in this position, please
The department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability is pleased to announce the creation of a new embedded certificate program in Geospatial Technologies. Geospatial technology is so prevalent nowadays that we rarely think about its use anymore. However, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without Google Maps, Yelp, and other location-based services that are currently available on most smart phones and other devices. DGES now offers an embedded graduate certificate in geospatial technologies to help meet the increased demand for GIS professionals. For more information regarding this certificate program, click
DGES students are involved in many interesting activities during the summer months.
Katherine Fiddler, DGES graduate spring 2016, BA ES, is currently working on an interneship with the Transportation Department in Boulder County Colorado.
Kyle Mattingly, DGES graduate fall 2016, BS ES, recently accepted a position with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board groundwater department.
Attention Students - potential opportunity for scholarship funds
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has endowed a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. The chapter’s contributions will ensure an annual award to promising undergraduates in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.
“This has been a long time goal of the Oklahoma Indian Nations Chapter,” said treasurer Ken Purdy.. “We have provided the resources and the University will manage the process of identifying students who excel in our field.”
In 2016, the chapter contributed $25,000 to the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma who also added a $5,000 match. The foundation and the university will work together to make the annual student award.
Chapter Chair David Griesel added, “With the continued financial success of the chapter we hope to create similar scholarship programs at other Oklahoma universities. Education is a core SWANA mission for our current members as well as our industry’s future work force.”
Stay tuned for more information!
DGES Seminar Series
“Restoring Ecosystem Connectivity in the Great Lakes” by Dr. Thomas Neeson, Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma, Friday, September 16, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.
“Architecture as Organism: Toward an understanding of Living Buildings” by Dr. Angela Person, Lecturer, The University of Oklahoma, Friday, September 23, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.
“Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project - Taking the Next Step for US Wind Energy and Oklahoma” by Mario Hurtado, Clean Line Energy Partners, Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.
“What the Future Holds for Your Electric Power” by Mr. Paul Weigl, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Friday, November 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.
“Performing Digital Geo-Humanities: Technique vs. Method” by Dr. Nicholas Bauch, Assistant Professor, The University of Oklahoma, Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.
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